FRONT ROYAL, Va., July 16 /U.S. Newswire/ — Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president, Human Life International, is calling for the excommunication of Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, governor-general of Saint Lucia. On April 30, 2004, Louisy sanctioned the legalization of abortion in St. Lucia by formally assenting to Clause 166 of the revised Criminal Code.
Despite widespread opposition, Clause 166 was passed by Parliament on Feb. 17, 2004. The measure legalized abortion in cases of rape or incest and to protect the mother’s health or life. "Louisy has essentially legalized abortion on demand in St. Lucia," stated Father Euteneuer. "Apparently she’s changed religions-from the God of Jesus Christ to the goddess of choice."
"While Louisy’s office as governor-general is largely ceremonial, she, like King Baudoin of Belgium, could have refused to recognize the law and abortion would not be legal in St. Lucia" explained Euteneuer. "Instead of remaining true to her faith, Governor-General Louisy betrayed the poorest of the poor by assenting to her government’s crime against humanity."
According to Louisy’s own testimony at the United Nations the incidence of child physical and sexual abuse in St. Lucia quadrupled from 1997 to 2002. During this same period, HIV/AIDS rates rose 14 percent among children under age 20-with 92 percent of these cases being girls between 15 and 19. As one of St. Lucia’s Carnival Queen finalists recently acknowledged, "The sad thing is most of these teenagers are pregnant for older men and they fail to realize until it is too late that these men are only seeking to prey on their innocence and vulnerability." Commented Euteneuer, "By signing Clause 166 into law, Louisy is not protecting children or furthering women’s rights, she is shielding child molesters."
Pro-lifers in St. Lucia believe Parliament passed the law over the strenuous protests of St. Lucia’s Catholic population in all probability to secure development of a luxury hotel that will double as an abortion mill. The government has repeatedly refused to explain the connection between its legalization of abortion and its backing for the abortion resort.