Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, the lawmaker leading the charge to have abortion decriminalised in Jamaica, has reacted with “shock” to the findings of the latest RJRGLEANER poll showing Jamaicans are still strongly opposed to doing so.
Mrs. Cuthbert Flynn MP for St Andrew West Rural, last year brought a motion to the House of Representatives seeking to provide women with access to safe and affordable options for the termination of pregnancies.
That issue, now before the Human Resources Development Committee of Parliament, has ignited significant public debate.
The latest poll results have shown however that 75 per cent of Jamaicans are against legalisation.
In an interview with RJR News, the MP said she was "a little bit suprised, at this time in 2019, that persons still feel that women should not have the right to choose to have an abortion."
She said, despite the longstanding ban on abortions in Jamaica, it is still being regularly, but mostly in unsafe conditions, which endanger the life of the woman.
"This is the reason why we are trying to make it a legal process," she stressed.