Cuban pro-life leader Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet has been released, after the completion of a three-year sentence.
Biscet raised the ire of the Communist regime in 1998 by writing to the United Nations condemning the multitude of abortions performed in Cuba. “We honour posthumously the thousands of innocent victims who have been assassinated in this ‘concrete pile’ (the maternity hospital where he works) … Here as well as in other hospitals in Cuba, day after day, hundreds of children are sacrificed who never were given the opportunity to receive a name, to hear a caressing word nor feel the love of their mothers … We say: ‘no’ to abortion and ‘yes’ to life,” he wrote.
For his pro-life activities and advocating freedom for Cubans, Biscet was prohibited from practising medicine and expelled from the Cuban National Health System. Subsequently, Biscet was arbitrarily detained 26 times and declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
Of note, Reuters, ABC and (South Florida) Sun Sentinel coverage of Biscet’s release failed to mention his fight for the protection of human life from conception, which was the chief reason for his persecution.
Human Rights groups have reported that Biscet suffered torture by authorities while in prison and his family suffered from attacks by the Cuban secret police.