Member of Parliament for St. Andrew West Rural, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, is calling for the decriminalization of abortion.

She made the call as she filed a Private Member’s Motion in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

Mrs. Cuthbert Flynn says the time has come to give women the right to choose.

Currently, terminating a pregnancy is criminalised under sections of the Offences Against the Person Act.

Mrs. Cuthbert Flynn says those sections should be removed and replaced by a civil law.

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She says healthcare facilities are acting as accessories to the crime of abortion, when they provide support to women who seek medical care following an illegal abortion.

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The St Andrew West Rural MP says Parliamentarians are morally bound to provide access to safe abortions for women who desire to access the procedure.

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She was filing a private member’s motion in the House of Representatives this afternoon.