Sarah Flood-Beaubrun a long-time defender of human rights and human dignity
Wifey and I were interested to see that lawyer and former St. Lucian Minister of Health Sarah Flood-Beaubrun is speaking at the 2012 Caribbean Conference on Life and Family Values being held in Trinidad & Tobago this April 27 and 28 – because if there is one thing about Flood-Beaubrun that stands out it is that she is a realist. It is a long story but we are aware of the fierce resistance she faced within her own party when she wanted to focus attention and spend big money to address the appalling neglect and abuse of the mentally ill that was the rule in St. Lucia when she was first elected as an MP in 1997. To make it happen she eventually had to put a little water in the wine, but Sarah achieved about 80% of what she wanted including a new institution that put the word ‘rehabilitation’ on the agenda in place of ‘warehousing without hope’. (I think Sarah Flood-Beaubrun was the speaker when I first heard that ‘warehousing without hope’ phrase.)
A look at the other speakers scheduled for the April conference reveals some other folks who are also ‘doers’ rather than ‘pray-ers’ when it comes to helping girls and women who find themselves preggers, used and abandoned by the fathers of their unborn children. You know it’s all fine to pray with somebody, but if prayer isn’t accompanied by a place to sleep, a meal and some real assistance for a woman in need – then STFU and don’t bother getting involved in the first place.
That should be the motto of ‘pro-life’ movement in my humble opinion: “Pro-Life? Then do something real or STFU.” You can tell I’m in a mood today. As far as the ‘Family Values’ side of this conference goes I’m not a fan of a lot of the baggage that usually goes along with that ‘code-phrase’, but that’s me and like Sarah Flood-Beaubrun I don’t mind a little water in the wine if young girls and women in trouble are looked after by somebody who doesn’t make a profit each time they talk some frightened soul into deciding to abort their child.
Here are some links for the upcoming Caribbean Conference on Life and Family Values
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