Archbishop Slams Attempt to Legalize Abortion In Jamaica

by Medindia Content Team on  January 8, 2006 at 2:11 PM Medico Legal News
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Archbishop Slams Attempt to Legalize Abortion In Jamaica
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston Lawrence Burke has come down heavily on Jamaica's attempts to legalize abortions. The Jamaican government had called for consultations on the matter and the consultation period if nearing its end.

It is thought that there will be certain liberal standards proposed on the delicate issue of abortions and naturally the Catholic Church is upset about this. "Prosecute the persons who do illegal abortions and shut them down. If a person wants an illegal abortion, it is public knowledge where they are done," said Archbishop Burke, "so prosecute those people and that will decrease the maternal mortality rate." In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Burke said that there was no need to change the laws. The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) is in favor of amending the existing laws and claim that this can bring down the maternal mortality rate, which is fairly high in the island. In Jamaica, abortions are illegal, but a host of quacks and other "abortion" doctors carry on operating with impunity in unhygienic conditions.

The Roman Catholic Church opposes the use of contraceptives as well as forbids abortion. "The law practically allows abortion on demand, whether it threatens the mental health of the mother. It is not defined," Archbishop Burke says. But the government decided to take some action after it was reported that 16 per cent mortality deaths last year were from teenage pregnancies who took the step of abortion.

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i don't support the legalisation abortion in jamaica the reason is that you have many young people how are having careless sex and don't take the the steps of not getting pregnant. not to say that if amother is in danger of dieing that you should not save her life if it means aborting the child. abortions for that reason. what we need to do is reeducate our young people about sex and that sex in marrage is the best thing where you have two responceable parent. when one start to have sex the possiblety of a child is there. we have seen children having sex on the bus on the school corriidors in the bath rooms and many more places and you have some jamaicans who think that this is some thing good. some parent seams to feel proud that their sons are having sex at an early age and that makes him not been gay so they say it's better that him having sex with a man. which ever it is it is not righ. children in school need to be focus on their school work not sex and the next thing is that if they fell that they are ready for sex protect themself by one get married are ues some form of controception.if abortion is legalized in this country this will only send the massage to young who are the ones engaged in this practice to have more careless sex get pregnant ant then just have an abortion. the culture in this country of murder and death need to stop. many say that the death penalty should not be legalized then why should abortion should be legalizes.


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