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Letter of the Day | Richards anti-abortion arguments callous

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM


While I believe that it's a woman's right, in consultation with her doctors and family, or not, to choose what to do about an unwanted pregnancy, I certainly respect and allow that others sincerely feel that abortions should not be carried out.

But it amazes me that Shirley Richards, in her column of Friday, June 8, 2018, titled 'Abort that motion!', can quote research that "abortion was found to be related to a variety of mental-health problems (panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression) and substance abuse disorders" to demonstrate her concern for women who choose to have an abortion, but all she can say about a victim of rape is that she should seek medical care quickly to prevent HIV/AIDS infection or pregnancy.

She says nothing about, and therefore does not seem to care, about a woman, and in Jamaica often an underage child, who is violently raped, does become pregnant, and is forced to carry to term the child of her rapist, and often trapped in a life of caring for that child, who would be a constant reminder of that awful violation.

Nothing about the dreams of education or relationships that may be severely affected by that, or the mental and emotional damage (maybe "panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, major depression and substance abuse disorders") that may be suffered by being forced to bear this child against her will.

So even if people sincerely wish that abortion not be granted on demand, the callous disregard for the wishes, or recovery, of victims of rape by insisting that they not be granted an abortion if they wish to help them overcome this dreadful crime they suffered, is an additional crime in and of itself.


Ocho Rios, St Ann