I'd rather die... Father Ho Lung's declaration during anti-abortion protest
Clergymen and other anti-abortion campaigners today headed to Gordon House to make their submissions at a meeting of Paliament's Human Resource and Social Development Committee.
But before that, Father Richard Ho Lung told reporters that he would rather die than see abortion legalised here.
"People need to know that's how serious it is,” said Ho Lung surrounded by other anti-abortion campaigners.
Catholic priest Father Richard Ho Lung says he would prefer to die than to see abortion legalised in Jamaica. Ho Lung was among several clergymen who protested today against a motion tabled in parliament by MP @julietcuthbert to permit abortion. #GLNRToday pic.twitter.com/8OD9hU5RfO
— Jamaica Gleaner (@JamaicaGleaner) January 30, 2019
In June last year, St Andrew West Rural Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn tabled a private member's motion for the decriminalisation of abortion.
She said it was time for women to be given the option of safe and affordable methods to terminate pregnancy.
But arguing that there were other options for mothers with unwanted pregnancies, Ho Lung said, to legalise abortion would be to permit murder.
"I would prefer to see that I die than the future of our country eliminated and be killed," he said.
He also said he was convinced abortion was a big money business and that's among the reasons it was being pushed to suppress the growth of the populations in smaller countries instead of helping them.
In tabling the motion, Cuthbert-Flynn had said all parliamentarians have a moral obligation to ensure that women can enjoy their personhood without interference.
An April 2018 Bill Johnson survey found that 67 per cent of men and 82 per cent of women indicated that women have a right to terminate their pregnancy and not the Government.
One thousand Jamaicans between the ages 15 and 49 were polled.