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Saturday, July 01, 2006

What is Amnesty International up to?

Brian Saint-Paul shares this bit of news via the free e-letters of Crisis Magazine:

  Amnesty has done some marvelous work combating torture, slavery, state-sanctioned kidnapping, etc. Unfortunately, it looks like their ideology may soon overtake their mission.

You see, they're now considering adding abortion to the list of what they consider “human rights.”

Let me give you a little background...

Earlier this year, Amnesty polled its members on whether or not the organization should take an official pro-abortion stance. The group's Canadian, New Zealand, and British chapters have already voted for the change.

Of course, if the motion passes, it won't be the first time Amnesty has supported abortion. According to Reuters, six years ago, the organization joined other groups in lobbying the United Nations to include legal abortion in their declaration on women's rights.

If Amnesty does start supporting abortion in an official capacity, it would be devastating to their fundraising. But more to the point, it would show that the organization is less interested in their stated priorities, and more interested in furthering a Left wing agenda.

According to their Web site, Amnesty is working for “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.”

And yet, article 3 of the UN's declaration holds that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

I remember talking to someone from AI a few weeks ago. He was stationed outside of Safeway with a collection box, and I asked him if he knew that AI was planning to actively support abortions. He said that abortions are legal in the State of Victoria, after all. Then he asked me if I was Roman Catholic, and of course I said that I was. Thus ends the whole conversation. All he cared about was to point out that I was against abortion because I was Catholic. To many, my views don't count and there is no need to discuss them. I am Catholic, after all.

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