Publicado: 08-22-2009 12:08 PM
By Rai Rojas
Fidel Castro's dictatorial grip on this island nation has done more than the widely reported devastation of the economy and demoralization of the people. According to the Communist Cuban government's own numbers, an extraordinarily high six out of 10 (60.2%) pregnancies in Cuba end in abortion, the largest number of any nation in this hemisphere.
The law in Cuba not only allows abortions for any reason, but abortions are also paid for by the state. The pro-life movement in Cuba continues to struggle as reports that many of its leaders are jailed, beaten, and expelled come out of Cuba. One of these leaders is Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.
Dr. Biscet was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1961. In 1985 Dr. Biscet received his degree as a specialist in internal medicine, and by 1987 he was practicing and teaching obstetrics at the Hijas de Galicia hospital in Havana.
In the early 1990s the drug Rivanol was being used to provide young Cuban women with chemically induced abortions. Dr. Biscet began researching and compiling evidence as to how this strong abortifacient was being used to destroy children. He also documented many accounts of children being killed after surviving this type of abortion.
He discovered that Rivanol is made in Germany. It is an acridine derivative and it appears to be an antimicrobial dye. It is classified as an antiseptic. But just as sodium chloride is classified as an electrolyte replacement, it can also be used as an abortifacient.
The generic name for Rivanol is ethacidrine lactate. Trade names include Emcredil, Acrinol, and Rival. This substance is not available in the United States.
Used for abortion in the first and second trimesters, Rivanol is injected into the amniotic sac. Studies showed that it produced an abortion in 98.8% of cases within 48 hours. The countries where these studies were conducted were India and Vietnam.
Subsequent to Dr. Biscet's research he wrote a paper titled " Rivanol: A Method to Destroy Life." It was made public in April 1998. On June 9 of that same year Dr. Biscet denounced the Cuban National Health System as being a party to genocide.
Shortly thereafter Dr. Biscet was officially expelled from the Cuban National Health System and has since been unable to perform as a physician in his own country. In February 1999 Dr. Biscet staged a peaceful pro-life protest in front of an abortion facility notorious for providing Rivanol abortions. He and another pro-life doctor were savagely beaten by a mob.
On November 3, 1999, Dr. Biscet was arrested, tried, and sentenced to three years in jail. But Dr. Biscet is not alone.
In May 2000, the Cuban government expelled Fr. Miguel Jorda for opposing abortion. Father Jorda's biggest crime, according to the Cuban government, was to have distributed pro-life literature all over his parish defending life and denouncing the present situation in Cuba.
In a story from the Zenit News Agency, Fr. Jorda said, "The members of the National Health Service itself go to the schools and encourage girls to undergo abortions without further ado, without telling them about the trauma it causes, without discussing the moral and ethical point of view. Presenting it [abortion] as if it were the
normal way."The pro-life movement in Cuba still seeks to establish itself further. Shortly before his arrest, Dr. Biscet established the Lawton Foundation, which helps spread the pro-life message.
Dr. Biscet's family's greatest fear is that he will become one of the "disappeared," never to been seen again. His family and the Lawton Foundation encourage all pro-lifers and people of conscience to write to the Cuban Mission to the United Nations on his behalf.
The number for the Cuban Mission to the United Nations is (202) 687-0511.
Rai Rojas is Hispanic Coordinator for NRLC and an at-large member of the NRLC board of directors
Publicado: 08-23-2009 02:47 AM
Publicado: 10-07-2010 04:33 PM
EL HIPOCRITA DE LOU DOBBS, CON TRABAJADORES ILEGALES EN SUS PROPIEDADES!
Lou Dobbs has long railed against illegal immigration and the employers who hire undocumented workers. Dobbs generated controversy — and faced boycotts — for attacking "illegal aliens" as host of a nightly CNN show. And since leaving the network in December, Dobbs has kept talking about the issue in interviews, in which he's also left open the possibility of running for senator or president.
But Dobbs might want to pause before making illegal immigration a signature campaign issue: At least five illegal immigrants have reportedly worked on his properties.
The liberal Nation magazine, in a yearlong investigation conducted with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, found that "Dobbs has relied for years on undocumented labor for the upkeep of his multimillion-dollar estates and the horses he keeps for his 22-year-old daughter, Hillary, a champion show jumper."
The Nation's Isabel Macdonald writes that while Dobbs has bashed employers for hiring immigrants without papers, he "has been far from vigilant about the status of workers laboring on his own properties." (The Nation has long editorialized against Dobbs and those who agree with him on immigration.)
Dobbs owns a 300-acre estate in Sussex, N.J., and a winter home in West Palm Beach, Fla. His daughter keeps five show horses worth about $1 million each at several stables; the horses are owned by the Dobbs Group, of which Lou Dobbs is president.
Macdonald spoke with several immigrants who were employed to work on winter property and helped with the upkeep of Dobbs' horses at stables in Vermont and Florida. "I looked after Dobbs' horses while I was illegal," said one man. Another worker said that he believed Hillary Dobbs knew they didn't have papers. (The workers did not give their real names for fear of deportation.)
Macdonald wrote that another worker worked on the garden at Dobbs' Florida property. On one occasion, that worker said, Lou Dobbs — who referred to himself as "Luis" — instructed him in Spanish to talk to his boss about moving a specific plant. Macdonald interviewed other immigrants who worked at the holiday home.
Hillary Dobbs did not comment for the article. And Lou Dobbs, through a radio producer on "The Lou Dobbs Show," declined to comment. Robert Zeller, Dobbs' attorney, said Dobbs would answer questions only on his live radio show; the Nation agreed to be on the show, but only after publication.
Dobbs has not yet responded to a request from The Upshot to discuss the allegations, which are sure to get attention given the commentator's very public views on the subject. The Nation compiled a video of Dobbs' past statements: