January 21, 2001
volume 12, no. 21
Cuban Pro Life Leader Continues to Suffer Tortures in Communist Prison

    WASHINGTON, D.C. January 20, 2001 (From ProLifeInfonet) On the third anniversary of His Holiness John Paul II visit to communist Cuba, an important message to the Most Reverend Cardinal Bernard Law, Chairman of the NCCB Committee for Pro-Life Activities; as well as to the organizers and participants of the 28th March for Life tomorrow in Washington D.C. was sent on behalf of Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, persecuted for denouncing the massive abortion techniques carried out in the island.

    The cruel and unjust imprisonment of Cuban physician, pro-life leader, president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, and prisoner of conscience Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, is a symbol of the escalating, unprecedented repression the island is experiencing at present, frustrating the Papal hope that Cuba should open itself to the world.

    On February 1998, shortly after John Paul II left Cuba, Dr. Biscet was prohibited from practicing medicine and was expelled from the Cuban National Health System for denouncing massive abortion techniques taking place in all maternity hospitals in Cuba as a form of genocide. Since then, Dr. Biscet was arbitrarily detained 26 times and declared prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

    On November 1999 he was incarcerated and subsequently condemned to three years in prison, a sentence he serves at "Cuba Sí", a maximum security prison located in Holguin province where he is suffering constant physical and mental torture. ("Cuba Si" Prison telephone number: 011-5324-424342 - direct from USA)

    Monsignor Eduardo Boza Masvidal, ex-auxiliary bishop of Havana, expelled from the island by the Cuban regime has denounced that: "Out of every ten unborn babies, six are aborted, a proportion considered the highest in the western hemisphere and, perhaps, in the entire world."

    As religious and political persecution increases in Cuba, prominent world leaders, including those in religious circles, keep an enigmatic silence over an ongoing drama surpassing 40 years.

    Those fighting to free Dr.Biscet made a fervent appeal to his Excellency, Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston and Chairman of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Pro-Life Activities, as well as to the organizers and participants of the 28th Pro-Life March, to give an example to the entire world by raising their voices in favor of Oscar Elias Biscet, persecuted for denouncing abortion statistics and techniques implemented by Cuba's communist regime and to press on for the freedom of 12 million Cubans during the March for Life tomorrow in the nation's capitol.

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January 21, 2001
volume 12, no. 21
DAILY News regarding the Sanctity of Life

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