Colombia seeks to extradite guerrilla fighter guilty of over 500 forced abortions
BOGOTA, Colombia, December 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The office of the Colombian attorney general has issued a request to Interpol to issue a Red Notice for the capture and extradition of Héctor Albeidis Arboleda Buitrago, aka "The Nurse."
The Red Notice is the highest alert level issued by Interpol and is used to "seek the location and arrest of a person wanted by a judicial jurisdiction or an international tribunal with a view to his/her extradition."
In a report issued by Colombian authorities, The Nurse has been accused of committing over 500 documented forced abortions, many of them on minors.
The victims of The Nurse were late-term pregnant mothers who were conscripted into the FARC guerrilla forces. Some of the women were regular conscripts, while more than 50 others were indigenous women who were sex-trafficked among the fighters.
The women were used for sex by the guerrilla fighters, and when they became pregnant, they were forced to abort their babies as late as 7 to 8 months after conception. If the women refused, they were executed, and their bodies would be used for anatomy lessons.
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In a chilling account, one of the women, whose story has been redacted in the report, recounts how she "saw how the baby came out, well formed, with little hands, I could feel how his heart beat for about a minute." After the abortion, The Nurse coldly told the woman to "dump that baby in the trash." The woman had become pregnant after having been conscripted as a young girl. A commander known as "The Family" had promised the girl that if she had relations with him, she would be allowed to go home. The woman recounts that "I had never had relations with a man, I was a virgin, and after eight months of being with the FARC I allowed the commander to have me. He raped me in a very violent manner and a month later I found out that I was pregnant."
In 2013, The Nurse had fled to Spain seeking political asylum and had listed his profession as a medical doctor who graduated from the Interamerican Health University in La Habana, Cuba.
The government of Colombia indicated that the leftist FARC guerrilla had issued a rule in 1998 that pregnancy among their fighters would be considered a crime. The forced abortions intensified after that order was issued.
Ironically, the man leading the investigation of the forced abortions is Colombia's attorney general, Eduardo Montealegre, who has been the leading voice for the legalization of abortion on demand.
Just one month ago, Mr. Montealegre made headlines for presenting a plan to legalize abortion on demand in the first three months of pregnancy, and at any point after that if the child is conceived in rape or incest or if the life of the mother is in danger.
A report from the Elliot Institute indicates that 64% of legal abortions involve coercion, with teenagers representing a large number of those being coerced to abort their babies.
Legalizing abortion has been shown to dramatically increase the incidence of abortion, which in turn increases the number of coerced abortions committed.