US policy on abortion is 'extremist hate' and 'torture'


The ban on terminations by Trump administration is a crisis aimed at women, Kate Gilmore warns.


The US abortion policy is a type of extremist hatred that amounts to women's torture, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights informed The Guardian. The attack on women's freedoms was a "crisis," organized by very extremist groups and well-resourced.

“We have not called it out in the same way we have other forms of extremist hate, but this is gender-based violence against women, no question,” Kate Gilmore mentioned.

“It’s clear it’s torture – it’s a deprivation of a right to health,” she warned, pointing out that the committee of experts assigned to monitor the implementation of the nine core UN human rights instruments have each “independently declared the absolute prohibition of abortion … is against human rights”.


Gilmore, appointed Deputy High Commissioner in 2015, said that banning abortion in some U.S. states and Trump administration's efforts to remove language from important global papers were "profoundly distressing."

"It's a crisis. It's a women crisis," she said, warning that we haven't felt the complete magnitude of it yet.


Gilmore, who spoke at a Guardian case last week debating reproductive rights pushback, said opposition organizations–the highest profile of which are conservative Christian organizations–were well-organized and well-resourced and ignored proof in pursuit of ideological objectives. "This is an attack on reality, science, universal values and standards," she said.

“You’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.”


The proof demonstrates that the prohibition of abortion does not prevent the termination of females. Rather, it drives females to discover techniques that are unsafe. According to the Guttmacher Institute, an estimated 56 million abortions were performed annually between 2010 and 2014. Of these, 25 million were considered unsafe, putting the lives of poorer women in particular at risk.


An approximately 30 females die in rich nations for every 100,000 unsafe abortions, but this increases to 220 in poorer nations, the World Health Organization discovered. The amount is 520 in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We have to stand with the evidence and facts and in solidarity with women, and in particular young women and minority women who are really under the gun. This doesn’t affect well-off women in the same way as women with no resources, or able-bodied women the way it affects disabled women, and urban women the way it affects rural women,” stated Gilmore.


She said that while there is no enforcement mechanism for human rights commission rulings, they can help pressure governments to behave. “The human rights system doesn’t have an army, but what we know is many national courts follow that jurisprudence in their own rulings,” she said. “It builds up a body of law.”


Gilmore described meeting with a Nicaraguan 14-year-old girl who kept her focused, she said. The girl had two kids; the oldest, three years old, was the consequence of an uncle's rape. Nicaragua's abortion ban is total, so the girl was not permitted to end the pregnancies. "She was threatened for asking for a termination."

“She told me her story, and it’s always stayed with me,” said Gilmore. “She said, ‘I’m telling you because people like you make a difference, so no other girl goes through what I’ve been through.” That’s what sits on my shoulder.”


Source: The Guardian