In 2003, the people of the wonderful island state of Saint Lucia were awoken to the harsh reality of the disregard for human life and human dignity.
Surreptitiously, the Government of Saint Lucia tried to sneak into Parliament an amendment hidden in the 1,000 clause draft Criminal Code of Saint Lucia, which would have had the effect of legalizing abortions through all stages of pregnancy. The people of Saint Lucia would not have been aware of this until the legislation had been enacted. This occurred in the midst of increasing crime, higher unemployment rates and a decline in our quality of life resulting from a breakdown of family life.
Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, the founder of CARIFAM, was at the time a Member of Parliament and Minister of Home Affairs and Gender Relations. Her own Cabinet colleagues, knowing of her value system rooted in her practical Christian faith, were slyly attempting to pass this legislation while she was on maternity leave. She responded with courage, focus and zeal leading the opposition to this covert act.
As there had been no prior lobbying or any public consultations by citizens on this matter, it has been widely suggested that pressure to legalize abortion in this manner originated from outside the Caribbean region from pro-abortion and anti-life organizations and entities.
As a result of her opposition Sarah Flood – Beaubrun was cynically dismissed from Cabinet.
There continues to be on going objection to this piece of legislation in Saint Lucia and the societal decline continues unabated.
Since the passage of the abortion legislation in Saint Lucia, every other Caribbean nation has come under increasing pressure to liberalize abortion laws and amend various pieces of legislation promoting a permissive and indulgent value system that is destroying our societies. Thankfully, learning from the Saint Lucian experience, citizens from across the Caribbean have not been caught completely off guard and individual citizens and organizations have come forward from Jamaica to Trinidad and Tobago to defend and protect human life and human dignity.
In 2008 the CARIFAM Founder was appointed as the Deputy Permanent Representative for Saint Lucia to the United Nations. There, within the walls of the United Nations she witnessed a well-orchestrated and relentless attack on human life, the natural family and established social norms. Weaker, less developed nations, are increasingly coming under intense pressure to accept highly controversial terminology in resolutions in the name of “human rights”. These seek to normalize unnatural and unhealthy sexual behaviors and to include these terms even in child-centered programs so that these behaviors could be inculcated in children in their earliest stages of learning.Developing countries including CARICOM have recently been publicly threatened that development aid will be withheld if they do not liberalize laws promoting “gay rights” as “human rights”. Our urgent needs such as alleviating poverty and improving access to health and education are ransomed in order to promote so called “rights” based on “sexual orientation” a highly controversial term which lacks clear definition and which has not been accepted by the majority of UN Member States.
Despite the fact that the majority of Caribbean people have voiced strong opposition to this there is mounting evidence to suggest that CARICOM leaders may well ignore the insightful voice of their people and move in the direction of liberalizing these laws through the “co-ordination” of foreign policy. Instead of a focus on the key issues plaguing our countries today we are being railroaded into adopting the very policies and legislation that represent a viewpoint that is undermining our societies.The time has come for an organized, well-structured, effective and sustainable home grown Caribbean approach to solving our social and economic problems. The Caribbean Centre for Family and Human Rights (CARIFAM) was founded in February 2012 to ensure a vibrant and effective Caribbean wide response to the escalating attacks on universally recognized fundamental human rights and to protect the natural family as the building block of society.