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Abortion not a remedy for rape – advocacy group

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 7:37 AMEdmond Campbell

An advocacy group has told legislators that the law should not allow rape victims who become pregnant to have an abortion.

In a submission to the joint select committee reviewing Jamaica’s Sexual Offences Act and related laws, the Pregnancy Resource Centre of Jamaica argued that an abortion is no remedy for rape.

Advisor to the organisation, Dr Doreen Brady West, urged the committee to maintain the status quo as it relates to abortion in Jamaica. 

While admitting that sexual assault is a serious issue, Dr Brady West, who is a physician, contends that the law should stand up against abortion.

She said the right to life of the unborn child must be upheld.

 

Dr Doreen Brady West, Physician and Advisor to Pregnancy Resource Centre of Jamaica

Dr Brady West argued that to change the law to allow the abortion of an unborn child would set a bad precedent.

She contended that female victims of sexual assault should be provided with caring, emotional support and counselling.

She said permitting the abortion of an unborn child conceived due to rape is never the answer.

 

Dr Doreen Brady West, Physician and Advisor to Pregnancy Resource Centre of Jamaica