LifeSiteNews: Nicaraguan Mennonites say that they have been persecuted by government authorities since they chose to shelter ex-lesbian Lisa Miller and her daughter Isabella following their escape from the United States, but add that they are willing to suffer and even die to protect Isabella from a court-ordered custody transfer to her non-biological lesbian “mother.”
Anu Kumar: Do U.S. Abortion Restrictions Violate Human Rights?: While in the United States we may treat abortion restrictions as a political issue, elsewhere around the world, advocates and experts understand such restrictions to be public health and human rights issues. And in the United States this year, we have seen law after law passed that clearly violates international human rights standards.
AP: Religious processions and chants have become common at the re-election campaign rallies of leftist Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who is highlighting his Christianity in his bid for re-election.
LifeSiteNews.com: Amnesty International is demanding the “right” to kill unborn children conceived by rape in Nicaragua, according to international media sources.
Matthew Cullinan Hoffman writing at LifeSiteNews: [The bill permits] the ‘interruption of pregnancy for any reason before 22 weeks of gestation, beginning from the first day of the last menstruation, and the product of conception has a weight less than 500 grams and a brain cavity height no more than 25 centimeters.’ In addition, the legislation establishes the right to ‘obtain sexual satisfaction according to one’s needs and preferences’ and requires that ‘sexual orientation discrimination’ be eliminated so that ‘the sexual rights of all people must be respected, protected, and exercised in their fullness,’ phrases that Miranda Sáenz warns will be used to create homosexual ‘marriage’ and adoption rights.”
Buenos Aires Herald: “The majority of citizens in Nicaragua (81.6 percent), Brazil (72.7percent), Mexico (70.8 percent), and Chile (66.2 percent) are opposed to legalizing abortion in their countries, where it is prohibited in almost all its forms, according to a survey by Flacso.”
Amnesty International: “Amnesty International has expressed great disappointment at the Nicaragua government’s decision to reject the recommendations made by 12 States urging a change to the country’s law imposing a total ban on abortion . . . Currently only four countries in the world have a complete ban on abortion: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile and Malta.” | More from the European Life Network’s Pat Buckley and SPUC director John Smeaton.
C-FAM: “At the recently concluded session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Nicaragua came up against intense and concerted international pressure from fellow United Nations (UN) member states over the abortion ban the Latin American country’s National Assembly adopted unanimously into law four years ago.”
ABC: “By criminalizing all abortion procedures, including therapeutic abortions that aim to protect the life and health of the mother, Nicaragua’s ban restricts a woman’s access to a range of medical treatments, such as cardiac surgery, radiation and pain-killing medications . . . Eleven member states of the United Nations and four expert U.N. committees, including those on Torture, Human Rights and Discrimination Against Women, have urged Nicaragua to amend its laws on abortion because of such violations and the documented rise in maternal deaths since the law took effect.”
IPS: “Nicaragua slammed the door on any possible debate on the restitution of therapeutic abortion – performed to save the life of the pregnant woman – despite demands that it do so voiced during a United Nations review of human rights in the country . . . when the Nicaraguan government submitted its own report to the 47 countries sitting on the Council, it ruled out the restitution of therapeutic abortion, which is only banned in a few countries around the world: Chile, El Salvador, Malta and the Philippines, besides Nicaragua.”
LifeSiteNews: “The United Nations’ ‘High Commission of Human Rights’ (OHCHR) is urging Nicaragua to legalize ‘therapeutic’ abortions, as well as abortions in rape and incest cases, according to the Mexican government news agency Notimex.”
LifeSiteNews: “Amnesty International (AI) has launched an international campaign against the government of Nicaragua, claiming that its law protecting the unborn from abortion is ‘cruel,’ and ‘cynical.’”
Mike Wooldridge reports for the BBC: “Amnesty International has called on Nicaragua to repeal a law introduced last year criminalising abortion in all circumstances.”
LifeSiteNews: “This week, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted its annual population award ceremony at the United Nations (UN) to honor an individual and an organization for “outstanding contribution” in the population field, including family planning and “reproductive rights” advocacy. The individual was Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla, a former advisor to both the World Health Organization and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and the organization was a Nicaraguan-based non-government organization that has been critical of the Nicaraguan government for instituting a complete ban on abortions.”
Samantha Singson reports at LifeSite: “This week, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted its annual population award ceremony at the United Nations (UN) to honor an individual and an organization for ‘outstanding contribution’ in the population field, including family planning and ‘reproductive rights’ advocacy. The individual was Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla, a former advisor to both the World Health Organization and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and the organization was a Nicaraguan-based non-government organization that has been critical of the Nicaraguan government for instituting a complete ban on abortions.”
LifeSiteNews: “The United Nations (UN) committee charged with monitoring compliance with the Convention Against Torture has declared that Nicaragua’s full protection of unborn life violates the country’s obligations under the Convention. This is the first time this committee has reviewed Nicaragua since the country’s government outlawed abortion for any reason three years ago . . . Critics are increasingly concerned with what they view as the politicization of the treaty monitoring system by committees charged with oversight.”
Part I of this Comment provides background on Nicaragua. It examines the socio-cultural and political background in Nicaragua before discussing the circumstances in which the blanket ban was enacted. Next, Part II discusses the blanket abortion ban itself, as instituted by Bill 603 of the Nicaraguan Penal Code, which repealed the provision allowing for therapeutic abortion. The current ban was later codified under Bill 641, which reformed Nicaragua’s penal code.
LifeSiteNews.com reports: “In Geneva last week Nicaragua came under fire for its laws protecting the unborn. Members of the Human Rights Committee (HRC) – the treaty body that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) …
Reproductive Injustice: An Analysis of Nicaragua’s Complete Abortion Ban Jocelyn E. Getgen, 41 Cornell Int’l L.J. 143 (2008) This Note examines these recent legislative changes in Latin America that criminalize all abortions, including therapeutic abortions performed to save the lives …