2. Their main objective is to establish in Cuba a state based on the rule of law.
3. The groundwork for their defense of all human rights is based upon the first human right : The right to life, without which all other liberties would be invalidated.
4. They are specially against abortion, the death penalty (in Cuba by firing squad) and euthanasia.
5. Made up of adult Cuban citizens of all ages, social groups, professionals as well as non-professionals; with a membership of approximately 28.
6. Their members are fully and actively committed to carry out their ideals inside Cuba without any guarantees to their lives. They are censured, harassed, mistreated and incarcerated by the Cuban authorities for defending their principles.
7. In 1997, The Lawton Foundation carried out a ten month clandestine research study at the Obstetrics / Pediatric Municipal Hospital "10 de octubre, Hijas de Galicia" in Havana ,Cuba and obtained unofficial statistical data concerning abortions, particularly on the Rivanol technique. This study was made public in April 1998, and officially delivered to the Cuban government on June 9, 1998, denouncing the Cuban National Health System and asking that all abortion procedures be discontinued. ( This written research is available in English or Spanish upon request by calling Laida Carro at (305) 223-9703 in Miami, Fl.)
8. Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet Gonzalez ( a 37 year old Internal Medicine Specialist ) and Rolando Muñoz Yyobre (a 29 year old computer programming technician), both members of the Lawton's Foundation Executive Board, co-authored the study: " Rivanol: a Method to Destroy Life" . This research was dedicated to the 23 children assassinated March 13, 1994 as they were fleeing Cuba on the tugboat "13 de Marzo" to seek political asylum in the United States.( Forty-one of the 72 men, women and children, drowned as survivors testified how Cuban government fire-fighting boats rammed and pummeled them with water from high pressure hoses; circling the tugboat until it sunk approximately 7 miles from the bay of Havana.)
9. Since the afternoon of Thursday, July 9, 1998, both human rights activists, Dr. Biscet and Yyobre, are detained in a Havana Police Station (Diez y Aldabs) for expressing their desire to carry out a peaceful demonstration before the MInistry of Justice on the fourth anniversary of the sinking of the "13 de Marzo". The Lawton Foundation claims that the Cuban authorities must fully investigate the event so that justice prevails. All their personal papers related to the Rivanol study, and their human rights activities in Cuba were confiscated the day of the arrest.