Legalising abortion isn't the answer
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Should suicide be legalised because persons seek unsafe methods to end their lives? Of course not! However, that is the same kind of reasoning emanating from the erudite, highly articulate and bright minister of youth and culture, Lisa Hanna.
Legalising abortion is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Instead, Minister Hanna should seek to establish a centre where women who are pregnant and choose the abortion route are counselled and supported financially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Additionally, at such a centre, those women could be assisted, free of cost, to deliver their child in a medically sound, clean, safe and secure environment. After the child is born, if the mother still does not to desire to raise the child - after financial assistance in cash and kind are offered via a newly established public-private-sector partnership assistance programme - arrangements for adoption could be made for those children.
However, chances are, after a mother sees, holds and breastfeeds her baby, she will have a change of heart.
Using the reasons Minister Hanna has stated to justify the legalisation of abortion are not good enough. Moreover, any woman who would endanger her own life in order to rid herself of pregnancy is someone who, in all likelihood, is in desperate need of professional counselling and educational assistance.
Legalising abortion is not the best answer to the deeply entrenched problem of unplanned pregnancies and women seeking abortions via unsafe and unhygienic methods. There are better ways to address the problem!
PATRICK A. GALLIMORE