I am calling on our prime minister to remove the youth portfolio from the stewardship of Minister Lisa Hanna. The youth portfolio can easily and naturally be attached to the Ministry of Education. This call is as a result of the minister’s repeated calls for the legalisation of abortion.

The minister’s view on abortion and her public role as youth minister is untenable. A minister of youth is to be championing the best interests of all youths, including the most vulnerable, of which unborn babies are a large subset.

The minister’s call for more progressive laws as it relates to abortion is seemingly because of her deep interest in the welfare of poor women and girls. Is the minister implying that only women of a certain class should have children? Do rich women make better mothers? The majority of us who are not rich and are busily raising our children can say that while financial resources are important, it is secondary to family support, love and commitment.

In which trimester does the honourable minister think it is suitable to perform an abortion? At three months, all the baby’s organs are formed and are beginning to function. At the second trimester, the unborn baby can hear the mother’s voice. In the third trimester, the eyes are fully opened. Does the minister know that there is a growing body of scientific evidence that states that the unborn baby feels pain during an abortion?

important issues being ignored

There are so many issues concerning the youth portfolio on which there is deafening silence, yet we have the minister of youth stridently calling for abortion to be legalised. Can the minister update us on the investigation on the sexual grooming in children’s homes which was done under the guise of sex education? How is the ministry dealing with youth unemployment, which is measuring more than 30 per cent?

Obviously, one’s views can impact one’s performance. Currently, the youth portfolio is not being effectively managed. We reiterate the need for this important portfolio of youth to be removed from Minister Hanna. Her stated and very public view on abortion cannot be successfully aligned with a ministerial youth portfolio.

I think that the youth portfolio should be quickly passed to another ministry, preferably the Ministry of Education with a state minister giving special oversight.


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  1. Marsha Thomas, shet ur azz. Just because you don’t agree wid her nuh mean she should lose her job. Ooman must have the choice, maybe if some women had the choice we would not have to deal wid di generations a vipers weh out to consume all and sundry. Having a whole bumch a low IQ kids ain’t good for any society, we reaping dat shit now.

    Some of unno want ooman fi bring anyting wah in har even if she didn’t choose fi put it in har just so unno personal beliefs can get fulfilled. When dem ketch a children’s home unno same one tun unno back and will not adopt dem, so dem grow up in di brute system and when dem leggo is a pain to unno, then unno siddung cuss how dem heartless, but figet seh unno helped all along when unno forced that woman to bring it.

  2. Anon; BIG UP DAT COMMENT DEH! Not one word wrong wid dat comment.
    An it juk mi, but it true; too much low I.Q a live and come outta Jamaica right now. One time woman cudda have nine pickney fi nine man and raise dem fi have ambition. But dat a long time forty years ago sinting, when people used to walk five mile guh a school and mek sure dem reach home from school certain time fi tidy, do chores and dem homework. Nowadays, the streggeh livity is too tempting even for the people with sense. Jamaicans used to be famous for putting dem hand where it can reach and not following fashion. So for a woman who is still distracted by single living to have a child for the fact that abortion is not available to her is a big chupidness that will infringe and impinge pon people when the pickney grow up careless. Wossa if di mumma bruk and distracted. A desso di nasty man dem can find a gap and tek advantage , adding more paedophile victims to the never-ending numbers of victims a Yard and more mental illness/disorders.
    It sad bad that Jamaica has so many visionless people in one place who swear seh dem opinion means anything more to anybody apart from themselves. Dat and the “groupthink” mentality a mash up Jamaica and it will not get better in my lifetime.

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