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McAlpine commended for same-sex union, abortion remarks

Dear Editor,

Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine is commended for his enlightened, fair and compassionate remarks regarding same sex unions and abortion laws in The Bahamas. The current situation, in which neither option is legally available, should be denounced by all who truly believe in the concept of individual human rights and freedoms.

His comments represent what is probably the most mature, rational and sensible perspective offered by any Bahamian politician, on any issue, in many years.

Of course, Rights Bahamas would go further and remove all barriers to same sex marriage as well. Nevertheless, McAlpine’s comments are a breath of fresh air in a society that has stagnated in the grip of antiquated ideas and harmful superstitions for far too long. We hope this is the beginning of a wider national conversation on abortion and same-sex rights in The Bahamas.

Rights Bahamas also fully supports the planned LGBTQIA pride parade and calls on the authorities to give the organizers all the support and protection they need to make this historic event a reality.

Regarding abortion rights, clearly every woman should enjoy the unfettered ability to choose what happens to her own body. Abortions – as McAlpine notes – happen regardless, however, these are often extremely dangerous undertakings which pose the risk of serious physical and psychological consequences for women. No one should have to risk so much over any personal decision.

Meanwhile, the consequences of forcing unwanted children upon unwilling parents can be seen all round us in the anger, disillusionment and social alienation displayed by many young people in this country.

As McAlpine says, the government should stay out of people’s bedrooms; so, too, should the Christian Council. If only more of our political leaders had the vision and bravery of the MP for Pineridge.

Dawrin Thompson, vice president Rights Bahamas

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