Rowley takes down Deyalsingh on abortion

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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has taken his Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh down a few pegs on the abortion issue.

The conversation on abortion “is alive and well,” Rowley told Thursday’s post-Cabinet press conference.

He was responding to a reporter’s question on Deyalsingh’s earlier statement that abortion would remain illegal in Trinidad and Tobago.

The matter has flared in light of the major medical impact of the zika virus on pregnant women.

Some commentators have urged the government to revise the age-old law that prohibits abortion for pregnant women with the virus.

Deyalsingh said the government has no plans to legalise abortions.

He stated that if abortions are permitted, it could lead to abortions on demand.

Rowley said that “sometimes the law must be challenged.”

He noted a previous comment that if the relevant law was not challenged, slavery may still have been alive.

He suggested that Deyalsingh was speaking for himself and simply honouring his oath to uphold the law.

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