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Will T&T take action on sex ed, abortion?
It was with delight I read yesterday morning in the Jamaica Observer that an international meeting concluded last week in Montevideo, Uruguay, had adopted a consensus on sexual and reproductive rights for people of Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the UNECLAC Web site, T&T was represented at the meeting by Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and the Economy. T&T was one of the 38 countries participating in the meeting, officially titled the First Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean; the countries agreed on a document, the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development.
The Observer article stated: “The third priority area relates to universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. They agreed to promote policies to ensure that people can exercise their sexual rights and make decisions in a free and responsible way, with respect for their sexual orientation, without coercion, discrimination or violence. Countries also commit to reviewing legislation, standards and practices that restrict access to reproductive health services and ensuring that access to these is universal. “Similarly, they agreed to ensure that there are safe and high-quality abortion services for women with unwanted pregnancies, in cases where abortion is legal, as well as calling on states to advance towards amending laws and public policies on abortion to protect the lives and health of women and adolescents.”
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