September 29th 2007

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2007: NCC policy initiatives on biofuels and Internet safety

EDITORIAL: Horse flu outbreak: time to face hard facts

CANBERRA OBSERVED: John Howard's risky succession strategy

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Will we learn from our quarantine debacle?

DEFENCE: Emerging nuclear challenges for Australia

NATIONAL SECURITY: Another triumph for the ABC or potential calamity?

EMPLOYMENT: Offshore assets most Australians never see

SCHOOLS: How much should we pay teachers who don't deliver?

LIFE ISSUES: 'Rosita', poster-child for pro-abortion lobby

UNITED STATES: Questions over Republican nomination

OPINION: Disgrace of the West's 'cognitive dissonance'

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Kevinism or a Ruddism? (letter)

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'Rosita', poster-child for pro-abortion lobby

by Babette Francis

News Weekly, September 29, 2007
A scandal involving the cover-up of child sexual abuse, a rapist sheltered from the law and an innocent man's reputation ruined - all to promote abortion - has rocked a small Central American nation. Babette Francis reports.

Rosita is the pseudonym for a nine-year-old Nicaraguan child, impregnated by a rapist several years ago.

However, the original account of her ordeal has been exposed as being a fabrication, according to a series of incisive reports by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman in LifeSiteNews.

Since 2003 "Rosita" has been the poster-girl for the pro-abortion movement, her "hard case" pregnancy being championed by the feminist group, Red de Mujeres Contra la Violencia (Women's Network Against Violence - WNAV) to promote the cause of "therapeutic abortion" in all of Latin America, with numerous articles, petitions and a documentary on Cinemax.

Criminal investigation

Now, however, the Nicaraguan media have discovered that Rosita has a living child (different from the unborn child who was aborted in the high-profile 2003 case) by her own stepfather, Fletez Sánchez - the man two WNAV members, Marta Maria Blandon and Lorna Norori, helped escape and hide during a criminal investigation of Rosita's rape.

The scandal made headlines across Nicaragua.

Sánchez has now been arrested after a nationwide manhunt by Nicaraguan authorities. He had been suspected by investigators from the beginning of the case in 2003, when Rosita's pregnancy was accidentally discovered in Costa Rica by medical authorities while treating her for a vaginal infection; but the family attempted to blame a Costa Rican man, who denied the charges.

When WNAV first discovered the pregnant girl, they helped Sánchez and his wife smuggle Rosita out of Costa Rica and back to Nicaragua, where they used the case as part of their campaign to promote "therapeutic abortion", claiming it was necessary to protect the health of the girl.

In the absence of the stepfather, Costa Rican authorities were unable to obtain the DNA tests necessary to prove the identity of the rapist.

Ultimately, the feminist group secured an abortion for Rosita at an unnamed site in Nicaragua, Her extreme case was trumpeted by the pro-abortion movement worldwide as a heroic rescue of a victimised child, and an example of the need to make abortion more available to women in Latin America.

Blandon and Norori boasted, "We have successfully challenged two states (Costa Rica and Nicaragua) and defied the Catholic Church", in their scheme to aid the flight of Sánchez and abort the child who may have been his own.

However, the revelation that Rosita has a child, now 18 months old, fathered by her stepfather, has all but eliminated doubt about the identity of Rosita's rapist in 2003. Sánchez has admitted in telephone interviews that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with his stepdaughter, and claims his wife knew all along.

Dr Rafael Cabrera Artola, president of ANPROVIDA (Nigaraguan Pro-Life Association) and dean of the faculty of medicine, Institute of Medical Science, Nicaragua, said the recent revelations would be very damaging to the pro-abortion movement in Nicaragua, which has been caught in "a lie, a deception".

Current Nicaraguan Family Minister, Rosa Adilia Vizcaya, has warned the WNAV that if it is determined they were deliberately concealing the sexual abuse of Rosita, they will face criminal charges.

Under questioning from the Nicaraguan media at a press conference, WNAV admitted they had known about the birth of Rosita's child, but they had been told the father was a boyfriend from her school.

Meanwhile, the Costa Rican Government continued its investigations and Alexis Barquero, the Costa Rican originally accused by Rosita, spent three months in jail. In an interview with Nicaragua's Nuevo Diario newspaper he recalled the destruction of his reputation, assaults by other prisoners, and contemplating suicide.

Blood tests

Although his father and the Costa Rican Government pleaded for DNA tests to be done by the Nicaraguan Government, they were never done. However, previous blood tests of Rosita in Costa Rica showed she had contracted multiple venereal diseases from her rapist, including Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Barquero was tested for the same diseases, and the results were negative. In July this year, after more than four years of investigation, a Costa Rican court finally cleared him of all charges.

Ironically, the pro-abortion Rosita campaign had the opposite effect its promoters intended for Nicaragua. Three years after the campaign and the abortion which plunged the small country into a nationwide debate, the Nicaraguan parliament voted to remove the exception for "therapeutic abortion" from the nation's anti-abortion laws. The BBC has admitted the new law is generally supported by the population.

Now that all abortions are illegal in Nicaragua, the wealthy Dutch government is threatening the tiny country with the loss of all of its development assistance. Rather than punishing Nicaragua, radical Holland with its imploding population should learn from this country.

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