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Legal but Inaccessible: Abortion In Guyana

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Nunes,Fred (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Sep 2012
Published:
Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies
ISBN:
0037-7651
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Politics and government, Social conditions, Guyana, South America, law, Leadership, Abortion, Family planning, Law reform, Law and ethics
Notes:
Seventeen years after Guyana introduced a positive, liberal abortion law, the government, professional bodies and civil society together have failed to give any leadership in implementing that law. How can one explain that after an outstanding campaign of extensive ministerial and parliamentary consultation, as well as widespread engagement from religious organisations and the media, so little has been done by way of implementing the law? This paper seeks to trace some aspects of the campaign for law reform and to learn from the difficulties of providing services over the last seventeen years.