Caribbean DAWN and Quality of Citizenship Jamaica

Date: September 28, 2013

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September 28 marks the launch of the International Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion. Together, Caribbean DAWN and Quality of Citizenship Jamaica are organising a stand in support of Jamaican women’s reproductive health and rights that are currently denied under the Jamaican laws.

Under Jamaican Law, section 72 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1864, a woman in a hospital bed recovering from a self-induced abortion can potentially be handcuffed to her bed as a suspected felon for procuring an abortion. Upon conviction she may be subjected to a life sentence with hard labour. By now enshrining fetal rights in the Jamaican constitution, women’s lives, and health are now subordinated to the protection of the FETUS.

Anti-abortion laws have never prevented abortions; they have only made it unsafe for women. It is full time we stepped away from the 1864 law meant to regulate women’s fertility. The time is now for the protection of women’s rights, women’s bodies, women’s health and well-being and to accept women’s capacity to decide for themselves.

Come out and Join us on Saturday 28 September 2013 @ 5:30 pm, Emancipation Park, Kingston.

Take a stand! Jamaican Women Deserve more! For further information: cbn.dawn@gmail.com or 876 407 0300

WOMEN – DECIDE. SOCIETY – RESPECTS. STATE – GUARANTEES. RELIGIONS DO NOT INTERVENE.

For more details, please visit the event’s facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/202349679939599/