Skip to comments.“Torture” Inflation (UN, abortion)
Posted on 03/24/2013 5:12:55 AM PDT by Salman
Leave it to the UN technocrats to define torture down. Elsewhere, I write about a new report by the special rapporteur on torture, the Argentine human rights activist Juan E. Méndez, to the General Assembly that seeks to define torture in the healthcare context. And guess what? Laws outlawing abortion are viewed as torture. From my piece:
[The report] brands with that extreme term not only medical actions and omissions that clearly are not torture as most people understand it, but also national policies disfavored by the international ruling class. Thus, 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. Unstated (but implied) is that pro-life countries like Ireland are committing crimes against humanity.Other policy disputes are also inflated into torture, e.g., laws requiring sex change surgery before legal sex reassignment, laws that permit a parent to lose custody of a child solely because they use drugs, and mandatory HIV testing for prostitutes sex workers. There are also terribly abusive activities included such as involuntary sterilization and female genital mutilation. But even there, abusive is not necessarily torture, which has a specific definition.
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‘Torture’ is now defined as anything a liberal doesn’t like.
The only thing tortured is the logic.
As long as I don’t hurt your feelings while doing it.