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Family Planning Board concerned about senator Reid's child restriction suggestion

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2014 | 9:12 AM

The National Family Planning Board says it is concerned that Opposition Senator Ruel Reid did not consult with it before voicing his position on a child restriction policy in the Senate yesterday.

Senator Reid is advocating a mandatory restriction of two children per adult.

The Jamaica College principal argues that the fact that almost 50 per cent of children are dependent on State benefits, suggests that parents are having children they cannot afford to take care of.

Head of the family planning board, Dr Sandra Knight says, in principle, the organisation supports a policy of two children per partnership.

However, Knight says she does not support a legal restriction especially since this would be difficult to monitor.

In 2012, the National Family Planning Board announced that Jamaica’s fertility rate was decreasing and stood at 2.4 from a high of 4.5 in 1975 among the 15 to 49 female age group.


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