UN to Define Pregnancy Without Access to Abortion as “Torture”

Quick question. If we replaced the United Nations with the population of an insane asylum would anyone even notice, and if so how?

In a new report by the special rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, to the United Nations General Assembly, he broadens the term “torture” to mean any obstacle to lefty social policies.

 “The Committee against Torture has repeatedly expressed concerns about restrictions on access to abortion and about absolute abortion bans as violating the prohibition on torture and ill treatment.”

So pregnancy without abortion is now torture. Unfortunately it appears that Juan E. Méndez’s mother had a disturbing amount of torture inflicted on her. If only he had been around to prevent his own birth.

Examples of such violations include abusive treatment and humiliation in institutional settings; involuntary sterilization; denial of legally available health services such as abortion and post-abortion care; .  .  .  female genital mutilation

Mendez equates lack of abortion services with forced sterilization and female gential mutilation, putting the left’s insane moral equivalence on full display.

The report pushes the notion that denying the information needed to abortion “unfit” babies is a violation of human rights…

In the case of R.R. v. Poland, for instance, ECHR found a violation of article 3 in the case of a woman who was denied access to prenatal genetic testing when an ultrasound revealed a potential foetal abnormality. The Court recognized “that the applicant was in a situation of great vulnerability” and that R.R.‟s access to genetic testing was “marred by procrastination, confusion and lack of proper counselling and information given to the applicant”.  Access to information about reproductive health is imperative to a woman‟s ability to exercise reproductive autonomy, and the rights to health and to physical integrity.

R.R. v. Poland was about a case where doctors supposedly denied genetic tests because they were opposed to abortion. The child had Turner Syndrome which involves a webbed neck and some physical deformities. The mother claims that her husband left her over the birth of the baby girl, which could have otherwise been killed.

Naturally the report also claims that only recognizing men who get sex change operations as women is also torture and insists that men who wear dresses are also women if they say that they are.

In other news, the Syrian Civil War death toll is inching up to 100,000. China is continuing its occupation of Tibet. Turkey is continuing its occupation of Cyprus. And North Korea has intergenerational concentration camps and a nuclear program.

So clearly the UN’s work is done. But here is what actual torture looks like from the Socialist utopia of North Korea.

 One inmate, Choe Kwang Ho, sneaked away from his work for 15 minutes to pick fruit. He was executed, his mouth stuffed with gravel to prevent him from protesting, Jung recalled.

Before he was imprisoned, Jung took his eldest daughter, then 8, to the execution of a prisoner in 1997 in the city of Chongjin. She watched solemnly as the inmate’s skull was smashed to pieces.

“She asked me, ‘Hey Daddy, is he vomiting?”‘ Jung recalled, a bitter grimace curling his lips. “I should not have taken her there.”

An said he served as a guard and driver at four camps before defecting in 1994. If a female inmate got pregnant, he said, she and her lover would be shot to death publicly. Then, An said, prison guards would cut open her womb, remove the fetus and bury it or feed it to guard dogs.

From Mendez’s perspective, this would be another triumph for abortion rights.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    When will this sickness end? These UN bozos must laugh at us for being so powerful yet so easy to manipulate via "Occupy (wherever)" and other leftists anarchist movements. Failure to defend Joe McCarthy sufficiently was a fatal mistake. Now look how easily the USA is manipulated with all of these commu-anarchist leftists we have running around with voting privileges who actually hate our constitution. Without leftists we would never have let the UN grow in to the malignant force it is today.

  • Toni_Pereira

    The only credentials required for a job at the UN is to be vicious or have a huge wind draft inside one's head(to know how to read and write can be useful…).

    “Why do I spend so much time arguing against such obvious rubbish, which should be both self-refuting and auto-satirizing the moment someone utters it? Why not just go and read a good book?

    The problem is that nonsense can and does go by default. It wins the argument by sheer persistence, by inexhaustible re-iteration, by staying at the meeting when everyone else has gone home, by monomania, by boring people into submission and indifference. And the reward of monomania? Power.”
    Theodore Dalrymple, “The Triumph of Reason?”; City Journal; July 27, 2005

  • Mary Sue

    Mendez must have been raised by an ultra radical feminist single mother.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Leftism IS a mental disorder, and it does not allow for ANY dissent. And the UN, the world's house of disorder, is the first address to go to, if one seeks a seal of "approval" for death and destruction. No kidding around.

    And this is precisely why the Radical-in-Chief, in tandem with his surrogates, are bent on enjoining US liberties and freedoms to the bloody ax of this horrendous gaggle of kleptocrats – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/09/washington-ve

    Therefore, as evil as the UN is, Washington's current crew are in lock-step. Extrapolate therein.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • LibertarianToo

    He knows what torture looks like, having experienced it firsthand under the Argentine military dictatorship.

    Why the gratuitous libel to end off your article?

    • tagalog

      How do you know it's a libel?

  • tagalog

    Abraham Lincoln used to say, "If we call a dog's tail a 'leg,' how many legs does a dog have?" To those who answered "Five." Lincoln would say "Wrong; calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg."

    So with the U.N. on the lack of abortion availability as "torture." To call it torture is to discredit one's self and to degrade the meaning of the term "torture" at the same time.

  • greenriverlyle

    When first reading this I thought how wonderful this is! They are recognizing that abortion is nothing less than torture upon the unborn child! Then wait a minute, they are saying it is torture for a pregnant mother to not be able to torture her unborn child! We are living in a twisted and confused world for sure, Lord have mercy on us.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Why are we in the UN? The UN aspires rule over us. If that comes to be they will punish us.

  • Loyal Achates

    So you're OK with governments forcing women to give birth? You go on endlessly about how Muslims oppress women and yet it never occurred to you that forced pregnancy (often via rape) is a frequent tool of control used by dictatorships the world over.

    • Mary Sue

      Well then RAPE is the torture.

      Forced abortion is also used as a tool of control. Just ask Red China or North Korea.

      • Loyal Achates

        So you're one of those people who think life begins at conception and ends at birth, huh? What do you think will happen AFTER the rape – you think the rapist is going to pay child support and change diapers? But I guess you think forcibly impregnating women is just fine, except for the icky sex part. You're clueless.

        Oh, and save your straw men for the cornfields – neither I nor any other liberal I know have ever advocated for forced abortion. It's called freedom of CHOICE for a reason.

    • jay

      unsure how killing a human being for convenience, even in those circumstances, is better.

      • Loyal Achates

        Unsure how making women subservient to the whims of their rapists makes things better.

  • Softly Bob

    If pregnancy without adoption is torture then we may as well extend the abortion period to say, what, sixteen years?
    That way incompetent parents can abort troublesome toddlers with teething problems, and when your child gets to those difficult teenage years you can take him/her to the hospital and have a medically approved euthanasia (all paid by the taxpayer of course).

    • Softly Bob

      sorry meant to say abortion not adoption

  • http://twitter.com/pastorianthomas @pastorianthomas

    Rather a poor article with a very misleading headline…actually in the article (http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=13073&LangID=E) he is talking of refusal of 'legally available' abortions. However, with that said I don't think it should be legal… but words out of context make it say something else.