HAVANA, October 31, 2002 ( – Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a pro-life leader who has been languishing in Cuban prison since November 1999, was released today, after the completion of his three year sentence.

Dr. 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, Dr. Biscet was prohibited from practicing medicine and was expelled from the Cuban National Health System. Subsequently Dr. Biscet was arbitrarily detained 26 times and declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

Of note, the Reuters, ABC and Sun Sentinel coverage of Dr. Biscet’s release fail 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 Dr. Biscet suffered torture by authorities while in prison and attacks on his family by Cuban secret police.  See the Reuters, ABC and Sun Sentinel coverage:,0,2222579.story?coll=sfla-news-caribbean   See related LifeSite coverage:  CUBAN CHRISTIAN PERSECUTED FOR PRO-LIFE VIEWS CUBAN PRO-LIFE LEADER SUFFERS TORTURES IN COMMUNIST PRISON PRO-LIFE DOCTOR AND FAMILY ATTACKED


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