In Saint Lucia, the age of consent for sex is sixteen.
But the Saint Lucia Planned Parenthood Association has said that if teenagers want contraceptives they cannot be given until they are eighteen.
The Executive Director of the Association, Audrey George, told the Times that as a result, there is a gap in services.
“It really is an anomaly,” George asserted, adding that the situation puts sexually active youth at risk.
She explained that young people experiment with sex, end up becoming pregnant and do not seek proper advice.
George told the Times that those young people may ask someone to do a ‘back street’ abortion, use a tablet or drink a potion that someone provides.
She explained that afterwards, they come bleeding and have to be hospitalized.
George asserted that the anomaly in the law should be addressed for the safety of young persons.
“Even if we say to them at age sixteen that they should wait and there is such a thing as abstinence until they are adult can take on the responsibility for what sex brings, you still find the young people end up doing it anyway,” the Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Planned Parenthood Association told the Times.