Can I get a Whoop Whoop!
That’s right, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn should be treated as a national treasure to the Caribbean Women’s Movement in Jamaica. The 5x Olympic Medalist now parliamentarian has brought women’s reproductive issues back into the spotlight by tabling the following motion in the House of Representatives.
“BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House consider the recommendations of the Abortion Policy Group, which was established to provide guidance to allow women the right to choose;Henry, B. (2018). Abortion legislative reform – Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn initiative. Daily Gleaner.
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Honourable House take steps to repeal sections 72 and 73 of the Offences Against the Persons Act, and substitute therewith a civil law titled “Termination of Pregnancy Act”, as recommended by the Abortion Policy Review Group in 2007”.
In a recent parliament hearing for the reform of the abortion laws, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn shared her story of her termination due to a brain tumor which would have worsened if she continued with the pregnancy.
This revelation was made after anti-abortion activist Carole Bridge shared her story of being pregnant with the same medical condition but chose to continue with her pregnancy.
The lesson to be learnt from Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn is that women’s reproductive health issues are not a one size fits all in certain situations. Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn chose not to endanger her life by choosing to terminate her pregnancy. An option which was not afforded to her by her own country because of its abortion laws.
Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn did a courageous and monumental act by sharing her story. Mrs.Cuthbert-Flynn chose life. She chose to live. There is often a misconceived notion that pro-choice women do not value ‘life’, which is preposterous. I say this because Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn went onto to have two children. This shows that she is not opposed to life but values the right and freedom of choosing what happens to her body.
By putting a face to abortions, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn has really humanized the issue and removed the mystifying misconceptions about women who have had abortions.
Thank You Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn!