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JFJ pushes for abortion to be legalised

Mickel Jackson, Executive Director of Jamaicans for Justice
 
 
Human rights  group Jamaicans for Justice has added its voice to those advocating for the decriminalizing of abortion. 
 
Government MP Juliet Cuthbert Flynn and her Opposition colleague Lisa Hannah have both, on separate occasions, called for parliamentary action to amend the country's abortion law.
 
According to Section 72 of the Offences Against the Person Act, anyone found guilty of having or facilitating an abortion could be sentenced to life in prison, with or without hard labour.
 
Mickel Jackson, Executive Director of Jamaicans for Justice, is pushing for there to be expressed provisions in law for the procedure.
 
"We cannot rely on Common Law or policy statements, to say that doctors can act in this particular way (carry out abortions in certain circumstances), because policy obviously has to be subjected to what the law allows," she noted, highlighting that fact that "currently, what is on the books makes no exception for an abortion to be done."
 
Not even victims of rape are currently allowed to legally have an abortion, she said. 
 
 


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