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'Amend anti-abortion law to solve medical crisis'
2013-06-20 09:11:57 | (0 Comments)
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Bert Samuels - File
Noted attorney, Bert Samuels says the government must move to clarify an anomaly in the current laws as it relates to abortions in cases where the mothers' life is at†risk.
He has referred to the situation as it now stands as a medical†crisis.
According to the lawyer, the current law does not allow for a medical decision to be taken where the pregnancy could be terminated to save the motherís†life.
Samuels also says a review to address the disparity in the penalty for the woman who carries out an abortion versus an individual who facilitates the†act.
Under the Offences Against the Person Act, a woman guilty of carrying out an abortion could face life imprisonment with or without hard†labour.
However, if somebody other than the woman procures an abortion, a guilty person could face up to three years with or without hard†labour.
The attorney's comment follows a suggestion on Tuesday by youth minister, Lisa Hanna, that the country revisit the abortion issue to see if the current law should be†changed.
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