The Vice President of the Saint Lucia Crisis Centre, Stephen Lambert, has welcomed a recent announcement by National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, that mandatory paternity tests are being considered in cases where underage females become pregnant.
Francis made the announcement last week during an address to members of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
Stephen Lambert said the mandatory paternity test proposal is an excellent idea.
“For too long we have had men impregnating those children – those girls and they are able to go scot-free because there is no evidence, except the child’s word,” the Crisis Centre official told the Times.
He said once the paternity tests can be done, the ‘culprit’ can be identified and an example made of him.
While voicing uncertainty about the existence of actual figures on under age pregnancies, Lambert said it appears that the pregnancies are ‘one too many.’
“The thing is that those children, their lives are spoiled – their future is really being affected and whenever you have a child taking care of another child, it comes back and hits the society,” the Crisis Centre official told the Times.
He explained that an under age mother would not be able to nurture another child which contributes to a dysfunctional family.