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Capturing the Moment: The Barbados Experience of Abortion Law Reform -- An Interview with Dame Billie Miller

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Billie Miller,Dame (Author), Parris,Nicole (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Sep 2012
Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Economic conditions, Politics and government, Barbados, Women, Social conditions, Law and legislation, Elite (Social sciences), Abortion, Economics, Lawyers, Family planning, Law reform, Law and ethics
Looks at Barbados's experience of abortion law reform undertaken in the 1980s. The movement was led by then Cabinet Minister and lawyer Billie Miller. Documents the nuances, important moments, key strategies and major players in the reform movement, and highlights the critical role that Miller played in getting the Medical Termination Act passed in 1983. Background information on the situation of Barbadian women and the nature of parliamentary governance at that time is also addressed in order to give context to the politics surrounding the issue.