The Executive Director of the Antigua Planned Parenthood Association is calling for abortion to be legalised in Antigua & Barbuda. Speaking with OBSERVER media on International Women’s Health Day yesterday, Nurse Lyndale Weaver–Greenaway said she is, however, not willing to take up the fight.
“Abortion is a hot topic and I don’t want people going around saying the nurses at Planned Parenthood are telling people to have an abortion,” she said. “I want people to think about the risk and advantages before they do it because it is something you have to live with.”
The Abortion Policy of Antigua & Barbuda currently states
“Grounds on which abortion is permitted
To save the life of the woman – yes; to preserve physical health – no; to preserve mental health – no; rape or incest – no; fetal impairment – no; economic or social reasons – no; available on request – no.”
It further adds, “A therapeutic abortion requires the authorization of a panel of physicians.”
But The Antigua Planned Parenthood’s executive director said, “I think the law needs to change because if you are talking about rights – you have rights for and against so if you have the rights for it then I think you should have the right against it.”
The nurse said that the law does not dictate if an individual must bear children and women should have the right to decide either way.
Weaver-Greenaway said she worked at the now defunct Holberton Hospital, where she observed each month at least one patient being hospitalised because of a botched abortion attempt.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)