Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Amnesty International considers backing abortion as "human right"

If adopted, proposal will undermine basis for all human rights.

Sympathetic Catholics should divest from AI if and when the organization adopts a pro-abortion stance.


Folks, by now, most of you know that three days ago LifeSite.Net broke the news that the eminent human rights organization, Amnesty International (AI), is considering a proposal to enter into pro-abortion advocacy. Said proposal will be discussed in the upcoming AI conference, to be held later on this month in the UK. The UK branch has already adopted a pro-abort position and Canada is to decide by May 20.

The proposed shift will move AI from a neutral position to one of pro-abortion advocacy. Leading pro-Life organizations sympathetic with AI's work have criticized the move. Calgary Bishop Fred Henry (pictured below, right) told LifeSiteNews.com, "The proposal of Amnesty International to enter into abortion advocacy is an ill-conceived and gross betrayal of their mission to campaign for human rights." According to LifeSite.Net:
 Calgary Bishop Fred HenryBishop Henry explained that Amnesty's proposed move is contrary to its own mandate. "AI's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. They seem to have lost sight of Article 3. - 'Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.'"

Rather than abortion advocacy he suggests they defend the rights of the unborn. "Since part of their mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of rights, a more logical move would have been to direct their research efforts to explore the unambiguous medical status of the unborn child instead of advocating a further betrayal of vulnerable children," he said.

Bishop Henry concluded saying, "I, for one, will cease my financial support for Amnesty International."
The proposal, if adopted, will lead AI onto a hypocritical stance of compromise with the culture of violence against the lowly and powerless that seems to dominate the world, having become a full participant in the Culture of Death which AI was created to oppose.

My advice to faithful Catholics who sympathize and contribute financially to AI is to cease their participation and financial contributions as soon as AI adopts a pro-abortion stance and defining this pernicious abuse of the weakest human beings as a "human right." No human rights organization can retain its credibility if it denies that most fundamental of human rights, which is the right to life. By lending its support and prestige to the cause of abortion rights, AI risks killing its very soul.