The government lawmaker at the forefront of a reignited push for abortion to be decriminalized locally, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, has declared that she has no regret having an abortion when she was 19 years old, adding that it saved her life.
She dropped the bombshell yesterday at Gordon House, where the parliament’s Human Resources and Social Development Committee is hearing arguments in relation to a pro-abortion motion moved by Cuthbert-Flynn.
Cuthbert-Flynn, who represents St Andrew West Rural in parliament, did not clearly state where the abortion was done. But, at one point, she said: “Even my doctor made a mistake at the time in Philadelphia.”
The parliamentarian and former Olympian explained that she was ill at the time dhe did the abortion.
“This was a life-saving effort for me because my headaches were so severe that I could not function. I was passing out every week; I was fainting – dropping down on the track, ending up in the hospital on a drip, not knowing what was wrong with me, and I was not going to take that chance. I wanted to live,” Cuthbert-Flynn added.
“I never had any remorse for what I chose to do that day; none. I chose life at that moment because my life was on the line.”
The parliamentarian also argued that there is no truth to the claim that people who have abortion are not in support of life, noting that she went on to have two children after the abortion.
Cuthbert-Flynn shared her personal story while counteracting anti-abortion advocate Carole Bridge, who told the Committee that she – like the parliamentarian, had a brain tumor, but went against medical advice to do an abortion.
Cuthbert-Flynn told Bridge: “I had a brain tumor that was pressing on my optic nerve that was creating severe headaches that I would have gone blind. I was 19, and I had to have surgery… You (Bridge) chose to take the medication; that was the difference. You had the option to continue your medication and shrink your tumor; I didn’t.”
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