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Abortion is not a decision for the State

Published:Tuesday | March 12, 2019 | 12:00 AM


Since the start of 2019, there has been tension from different spheres of society about the legalisation of abortion. The Church community has echoed its opposition to the legalisation of abortion; a stance it has been taking for decades.

The Seventh-day Adventist president, Ted Wilson, made it clear that his denomination is against abortion, with the exception of “life-threatening cases”.

He was not alone, as the Catholic priest, Father Richard Ho Long, stated that he “would prefer to die” than to see abortion legalised in Jamaica. There are many other religious leaders who share the same sentiments.

This is one issue that the Church has been very vocal about, but has been silent about other social issues such as crime and the abuse of our children and women.

The legalisation of abortion must not be swept under the carpet. The decision to terminate one’s pregnancy is a personal decision that should be made by the woman and not by the State.