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Letter of the Day | Abortion is a lazy solution to society’s problems

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Abortion has been an ongoing issue not only in Jamaica, but also in other countries such as the United States, where I now reside. This is a season where abortion has taken over our media, and has caused us to reflect upon its pros and cons. One of the issues I would like to bring to the forefront is the concept of pregnancy and abortion being an issue that should affect women and men alike. Another debatable position I want to address is having abortions on the basis of disability prevention.

Raising a child is never easy for two parents, let alone one. Motherhood has often been seen by society as being of full ­responsibility. By this I mean that mothers are the main teachers, disciplinarians, providers, decision-makers and givers of affection and approval to their children.

I can relate to the single-mother phenomenon, because I was raised by a single mother. The question I always ask myself is: should women be the only ones responsible for their impregnation and raising the person inside them? After all, it is the man’s seed that is ejaculated into her womb; her incubator.

I often hear women say that making abortion illegal is a direct insult to their fundamental human rights. While I understand this position, may I present to you today, Jamaica, another point of view? The making of another human being, the majority of the time, involves the full consent of two individuals willing to have sexual intercourse. If the woman gets pregnant, why is there more pressure on her about the fact that she got pregnant, when in fact it is the man who ejaculated in the first place?

I strongly believe that a man should be held responsible for his actions. If women are urged to use birth control, why aren’t men urged to do the same? Yes, there is research being done in this area, but why isn’t the use of contraceptives by men as urgent and a common conversation? I believe in contraceptives, because when you use them, you are preventing a life from being formed, as opposed to terminating a life. Both males and females contribute equally to the creation of a child, and bear equal responsibility for the child when he/she is born.

OUR LIVES MATTER

I strongly believe that ­legalising abortion will take the pressure off men to be responsible for the decisions they make. Therefore, males should not be excluded from the discussion surrounding abortion, not to mention the fact that abortion kills both unborn males and females that the seeds of the fathers produced, as fertilisation occurs.

Some politicians propose that abortion should be legal in cases where a baby may be disabled. I would like to contribute to this argument by saying this: if we should make disability the reason for abortion, you are telling every Jamaican who has a disability – including me, who has cerebral palsy – that our lives do not count as much as one who is ‘normal’.

Who are you to tell me what a beautiful life is supposed to look like, when you only see my disability instead of all the things I and other disabled people have accomplished, despite having a physical or psychological impairment? Who are we to tell God how to orchestrate a life according to His perfect will?

Abortion, I must say then, is a lazy solution to society’s problems. It is unethical and uncaring. Abstain if you have to, and be responsible. An unborn child is still a human being full of bountiful potential.

I know that I have cerebral palsy (CP), but I also know that I’m here for a greater purpose. CP is the least of my concern as it relates to my life and happiness.

RENE LAMBERT

renepllambert@gmail.com