Pro-choice is BFPA policy
That is how executive director of the Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA), George Griffith has summed up his feelings about the health institution’s policy of continuing to perform abortions.
Speaking against the backdrop of the vehement lobbying by individuals and organizations on North American who continue to push for an end to abortions, Griffith told the WEEKEND NATION that he believed a woman had the right to decide if she wanted to give birth or not.
“There are some people in Barbados who voice their concerns and who take to the social media to argue that abortion is wrong.
“But I will say this, and I am unapologetic about saying it, that every woman has the right to determine when or how often she should have a pregnancy,” Griffith insisted.
“And if that pregnancy is unwanted she must have the relevant services to help her make a decision, and if necessary, perform the procedure.”
The outgoing executive director explained that as part of services which were provided by the BFPA, abortions were included.
He said that while many people objected to abortions including the Catholic Church, he was of the firm belief that it was entirely up to the woman to decide what was best for her.
“We at the BFPA maintain that every woman is entitled to, as a fundamental right, to control of her body and to make decisions pertaining to the use of her body,” Griffith argued.
“She has the right to make those decisions not under pressure or under threat, but of her free own and accord.
“I believe that once a woman is provided with counselling, which will help her to examine all the available options, and after careful thought she has decided to terminate the pregnancy, that should be her choice and her decision alone,” he added.
Meanwhile, Griffith revealed that in recent times, abortions through the use of medicine had increased in popularity.
He said that as opposed to the surgical procedure which could sometimes have a lasting effect on an individual, the medical termination was another option.
“The medical termination can only be done in the first trimester. But what we have found is that women are preferring to go this route because it is a lot easier for them.
“There is no recovery time and most of the time they will suffer no physical effects, except for one similar to that of a menstrual cycle. So they don’t have to worry about taking time off from work or having to recover from the procedure as if it was done surgically,” Griffith said.