Failing to offer abortion is ‘torture,’ according to UN report

Failing to offer abortion is “torture” only for the anti-life groups who are pushing to make abortion a human right.  A world that rejects abortion will prevent the torture and murder of millions of babies. 


UN Special Rapporteur Juan E. Mendez has a broad view of "torture."
UN Special Rapporteur Juan E. Mendez has a broad view of “torture.”

The United Nations’ top official on torture has issued a report declaring that refusing to allow legalized abortion of children constitutes the “torture and ill treatment” of women.  

“International and regional human rights bodies have begun to recognize that abuse and mistreatment of women seeking reproductive health services can cause tremendous and lasting physical and emotional suffering, inflicted on the basis of gender. Examples of such violations include…denial of legally available health services such as abortion and post-abortion care,” according to Juan E. Mendez, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Punishment. He wrote that he was seeking to identify “the reproductive rights practices in health-care settings that he believes amount to torture or ill-treatment.”

Not only does failing to perform abortions amount to “torture,” but so does refusing to test unborn children for abnormalities in their development so that women can choose to have them killed, according to Mendez.

Another item that falls under “torture,” according to Mendez, is refusing to change people’s gender classification on their birth certificates and other official documents without first carrying out “sex-reassignment” surgery.

Stefano Gennarini, director of the Center for Legal Studies at C-FAM, said that Mendez’ statements are yet another example of special rapporteurs trying to “fabricate obligations on states, or create new obligations on states that never agreed to them in any binding international agreement, no in any consensus document.”

The document, entitled the “Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” is addressed to the 22nd session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.

Although Mendez’s report cites statements by various UN committees charged with human rights treaty oversight, Gennarini noted that those statements have no binding authority, although the committees often act as if they do.

If anything, he said, international law prohibits abortion.  “It certainly has no basis in international law,” said Gennarini. “Neither the convention against torture, nor any other UN treaty, speaks about abortion. 


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