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Thank God my mom didn't abort me

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

On hearing the call by Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna for the 'right' of women to have control over their bodies by doing an abortion, I cannot keep silent in the face of LIES and death.

I am 22 years old, a graduate with seven CSEC and six CAPE subjects, and past student of St George's College. I am currently studying for the Catholic priesthood in the Dominican Republic.

I mention those 'earthly achievements' not to boast. but to tell you that if my mother had aborted me, I would be dead and disposed of at the Riverton dump.

My mother was pregnant at the age of 16 with my older sister. By time she was 18, she was pregnant again, yes, Lisa Hanna, with me. She was told by many persons to have an abortion; in Jamaican parlance, "dash it weh", and, of course, she believed it. At her time of pregnancy with me, she was attending nursing school and was even told by those who were to preserve life to murder the baby because it would have held back her career.

What saved her? What changed her mind? She said her Catholic faith and her profession.

Lisa Hanna probably doesn't believe in human development. Probably she doesn't know love and probably doesn't know what is women's rights, but women's rights is not destroying life or the womb, not murdering for the cause of 'me, myself and I'.

I am disappointed in Lisa Hanna as my 'youth' minister. I would invite you do voluntary work among Jamaica's least - to bathe, to shower, to feed, to sing and even to model for them at Mustard Seed Communities homes, Missionaries of the Poor, John Bosco's, Alpha Boys' School.

Please, Ms Hanna, defend life. Every life is worth living.

ROGER R. GOODWILL

Seminarian for the Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica

Seminario Santo Tomas de Aquino