Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Sports, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, has expressed condolences to the families of Jamaicans who have been murdered over the past seven days, especially the three pregnant women who were killed within a matter of six days.
“I am deeply hurt by the increasing number of murders which have been occurring recently, and I am especially saddened by the news that three pregnant women, including two who were 8-9 months pregnant, were not shown any mercy by the killers, and their unborn children were not even given a chance to experience birth,” Miss Grange said in a statement issued today.
“These are glaring examples of the low level to which respect for life and humanity has descended in the society, and it requires that we, as leaders of the society, move to introduce more potent measures to protect the right to life of pregnant mothers and their unborn children,” she added.
Miss Grange said that there is a need to make the murder of pregnant women, especially those whose foetus is already at the point of viability, capital murder, in light of the fact that it is the murder of two human beings capable of existing as separate individuals. She said that this protection should also be extended to compensation from the state when the Police are involved, especially in cases where no effort is made to save the life of the unborn child.
Miss Grange said that her understanding is that, after the shooting of Kay-Ann Lamont in Yallahs, St. Thomas on Friday, no attention was paid to saving the life of the unborn child, although the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) use of firearms policy require that the situation be dealt with, with dispatch. She said that it in her view, it is unfortunate, that although the policeman indicted in the Yallahs shooting has been charged with four crimes, none of which relate to the death of Miss Lamont’s unborn child. I am not aware of what was the case in St. James, but it is quite possible that the same attitude was also displayed there.
“I hope that my call is not interpreted as being anti-abortion, which I am not, but I am convinced that Jamaica must introduce more severe legislation to protect the right to life of the matured foetus, as well as the mother,” Miss Grange stated.