Opposition Spokesman Supports Call for Decriminalization of Abortion

Opposition Spokesperson on Gender, the People’s National Party’s Natalie Neita, is joining with Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, in calling for abortion to be decriminalized.

Mrs. Cuthbert Flynn yesterday filed a private member’s motion in the House of Representatives calling for sections of the Offences Against the Person Act which criminalise abortion, to be removed and replaced with a civil law.

Ms. Neita says women who’re victims of rape and incest and those faced with medical complications, should be given the right to choose to terminate the pregnancy.

She says fathers should also be included in the discussion surrounding the woman’s choice to terminate a pregnancy.

But she doesn’t support men having a say if they’re perpetrators of rape and incest.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.