Debate has started in the House of Representatives on a motion aimed at allowing Jamaican women to safely have abortions.
The motion was moved by Member of Parliament for St. Andrew West Rural, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, who began the debate yesterday.
Cuthbert Flynn noted that complications from abortions was the eighth leading cause of maternal deaths among adolescents in Jamaica.
The Parliamentarian said she felt obligated to do something, citing a story of one of her constituents who she said died because of an unsafe abortion.
The Jamaican law criminalises any attempt at an abortion, with women who attempt to terminate a pregnancy facing the possibility of life in prison.
Those who assist in the process can be imprisoned for up to three years.
Cuthbert Flynn said the illegality of abortion has not stopped women getting abortions.
She also said Parliament needs to take a stand on abortion, regardless of public opinion.
Debate on the motion has been suspended.