Heart­less to ban rape-linked abor­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - GEOFF MAD­DEN in­cred­i­ble­ge­off@gmail.com


ONCE AGAIN, I have to dif­fer with the Rev Peter Espeut, at any rate par­tially, with re­gard to his views in the news story ‘Abor­tion is mur­der’ (Gleaner, May 17, 2018).

I can sup­port him on the is­sue of a wo­man who en­gages in sex as a mat­ter of her own free will and ac­cord. Ac­tions have con­se­quences and one must live with those con­se­quences, un­less one is deal­ing with lifethreat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions.

I can­not sup­port him in re­la­tion to a rape vic­tim. The women in ques­tion did not en­gage in sex of their own free will and ac­cord, and to sug­gest that she must just ‘hug up’ that, with the dis­com­fort of preg­nancy and the pain of child­birth, is quite unkind and un­feel­ing.

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