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Letter Of The Day | Who is brave enough to speak for the unborn child?

Published:Wednesday | January 30, 2019 | 12:25 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The nation’s Parliament is preparing to discuss legalizing abortion in Jamaica this week. What is happening in New York should be instructive to our local parliamentarians. New York’s governor recently signed into law the Reproductive Health Act (RHA). The RHA legalised abortions up to birth. This means if a pregnant mother is due to have her baby on February 14, she can simply go to a facility not to have the baby but to abort the child.

This law has shocked even seasoned pro-abortionists, as it is being viewed in some quarters as approving infanticide! The RHA also redefined a “person” as a human being who has been born and is alive and describes abortion as fundamental right.

Our parliamentarians should indicate if their “end game” is similar to that of the State Legislature of New York. Are we comfortable with the idea that a baby can be aborted on the scheduled date for his or her birth?

The well-used pretext of concern for a woman’s health was laid bare by the politicians in New York, as the new law allows “non-doctors” to perform abortions. Pretty soon for New Yorkers getting an abortion in the third trimester would be as simple as getting a facial or pedicure. This is obviously an outrage.

A review of the history of the abortion movement shows that its leadership had racist views and saw abortion as a means of preventing colored races from reproducing. Based on statistics, not much has changed in the USA; as currently black babies are more than three times likely to be aborted than their white counterparts.

Our parliamentarians should inform us which class of Jamaican women would be targeted in any PR blitz to normalize abortion to the Jamaican public. Would the target group be women of a specific educational or social standing?

Which of our parliamentarians will be brave enough to speak up for the unborn child?

WHEN IS A CHILD NOT IN NEED OF PROTECTION?

The right to life is paramount in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Which of our parliamentarians can say at what stage an unborn baby is not a child in need of protection as in:

* Month one – Baby’s face is partially formed.

* Month two – The neural tube (brain, spinal cord and other neural tissue of the central nervous system) is well formed. At about six weeks, the baby’s heart beat can be detected.

* Month three – The baby’s arms, hands, fingers, feet and toes are fully formed. The baby can open and close his/her fists and mouth. Fingernails and toenails are beginning to develop and the external ears are formed. The baby is fully formed. All the organs and extremities are present and will continue to mature in order to become functional.

* Month four – The fingers and toes are well-defined. Eyelids, eyebrows, eyelashes, nails and hair are formed. The baby can even suck his or her thumb, yawn, stretch and make faces.

* Month five – The baby’s hair begins to grow on his or her head.

* Month six – Baby’s finger and toe prints are visible. The eyelids begin to part and the eyes open. Baby responds to sounds by moving or increasing the pulse. If born prematurely, the baby may survive after the 23rd week with intensive care.

* Month seven – Baby’s hearing is fully developed. He or she changes position frequently and responds to stimuli, including sound, pain and light.

* Month eight – Baby’s brain is developing rapidly at this time and the baby can see and hear. Most internal systems are well developed but the lungs may still be immature.

* Month nine – the baby’s reflexes are coordinated so he or she can blink, close the eyes, turn the head, grasp firmly and respond to sounds, light and touch.

[Information taken from the Fetal Development: Stages of Growth - Cleveland Clinic Foundation]

Mr. Prime Minister, we are depending on you to protect the rights of all Jamaicans and this include the most vulnerable, the unborn child.

 

MARSHA THOMAS

marshburns@hotmail.com