The news of Sara Lawrence, Miss Jamaica World 2006, relinquising her crown has created quite a stir here. For those not in the know, Sara relinquished her crown this week because she is pregnant and has decided that she wants to have her baby.
What is interesting is the statement issued by the promoter of the Miss Jamaica pageant, suggesting that Sara could have chosen to have an abortion, but opted not to. Of course, he didn’t say it in those few words, but in a more diplomatic way. You can read what he said here. Sara’s statement seems heartfelt but I can only imagine the turmoil going on in her mind and her life at this time. We know what it is like being in the public eye, you can almost never show your true feelings. Upon checking the website this a.m. I saw a statement from Julia Morley, which give a completely different feel from that of Mr Haughton-James.
This is clearly a very sensitive topic. I have to assume that it is a part of the conditions of being the queen that you cannot get pregnant. Yes, she isn’t married. So are several other women in Jamaica. Everyone talks about the example she will set if she retains her title. I’m not sure she is setting an example worse than most women in the world today. As Julia said, this is more likely to happen as we are in the 21st century.
I think the decision for her to relinquish the title is noble, yet, I don’t believe that her impact on the world would be any less because she is pregnant. I don’t believe that her contribution to the various causes she supports would be received with scorn or less enthusiasm. I guess it is just a matter of setting and living up to a standard that has been in place for many many years. I don’t know what I would do if I was in her position.