Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Cuban Prisoner of Conscience

Dr. Oscar Elias Bisce, prisoner of Conscience. A giant among men. He has been an outspoken critic of the Castro regime. Dr. Biscet is a medical doctor by profession. In 1997 he founded the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, one of the first independent civic groups in Havana. After he, on behalf of his foundation, sent to authorities a statistical report of the practice of aborting babies and many times if those babies lived afterwards, they are not provided with emergency care and are just left to die.

In the investigative study "Rivanol: A Method for Destroying Life", of the 36 pregnant women that received abortions by this method, 27% gave birth to live babies, so the study found that most abortions conducted with the use of this chemical resulted in live premature births, the horrendous part of this was that no medical care was provided and the babies were left to die. Prior to these abortions these babies were healthy and had no congenital defects. Abortions are performed routinely in Cuba.

He was fired and forbidden to practice medicine, additionally his family were evicted from their home. He is currently serving a 25 year prison sentence. He is kept in solitary confinement, in a vertical box, about the size of a portable bathroom. He has remained true to his convictions, in spite of the torture he has endured. Dr. Biscet was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush.

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