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WROC Says High Number of Illegal Abortions Begs Public Attention

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WROC Says High Number of Illegal Abortions Begs Public Attention

Petchary's Blog

As I mentioned in my blog a few days ago, I am glad that Health Minister Christopher Tufton has decided to address, in a thoughtful and holistic way, the issue of abortion – one that, for various reasons has been repeatedly swept under the carpet in this country. I am thankful too that the issue was raised a few days ago in the Gleaner newspaper. 

It is noteworthy that Jamaica failed to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) #4 and #5 (infant mortality and maternal health, respectively) in 2015. The UNDP noted a major increase in maternal deaths from “indirect causes,” including unsafe abortions. One hopes and expects that the Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health in Jamaica (PROMAC) – a Jamaican Government/European Union project – will make a difference. I would like to hear more about this programme.

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