Tuesday, May 30, 2006

United for Life's campaign

I heard today that United for Life has been campaigning about this issue for a while (I've got to say that I hadn't heard about the campaign, sorry guys, but they have been very active by the looks of it). Apparently they have written to AI UK on several occasions, but have had no response. The link above takes you to a page which contains links to the letters they have sent.

Canada votes

The Canadian section of Amnesty International voted at the weekend to support the "decriminalization" of abortion and advocate the right to abortion in curcumstances where the woman has been a victim of sexual violence or if the woman's life is threatened. The Canadian decision may not go as far as the UK or the NZ decisions taken recently, but it still goes too far.

Canadian reaction: Toronto Star

Thursday, May 25, 2006

A Catholic Life: Amnesty International and Abortion

A Catholic Life: Amnesty International and Abortion

How can Amensty International think abortion is a human right?

What we can do

Remember this issue will be debated by all Amnesty International country groups before an international meeting in Mexico in summer 2007. There is time - campaign against it - contact your local AI group.
  • UK Amnesty members and members of the public can send their comments to National Director Kate Allen, either by post to Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA, or at kate.allen@amnesty.org.uk
  • Outside the UK contact your nearest AI branch - check here to find out
  • Write letters to your local newspaper to raise awareness about the current debate

BBC Radio interview

The issue was debated on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour by Bruce Kent, peace activist and member of Amnesty International and Valerie de Fillipo, Director of External Affairs, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). This demonstrates the attempts by pro-abortionists to hijack the important organisation that AI is. Note: The BBC keeps some broadcasts online for a limited period of time. If the link does not work, email me.

Right to life - that's a human right!

It says it all.....Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 3 :Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person AI is committed to upholding the Declaration of Human Rights. How can proactively advocating abortions be pro-article 3? Right to Life does not recognise the killing of another human being as a human right. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states: "The child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, deserves special care and safeguards, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth." This is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world.

New Zealand AI supports abortion advocacy

AI New Zealand supports entering into abortion advocacy. This decision was made recently at Amnesty’s annual meeting in Wellington. A final decision will be made by the international body.

Amnesty’s current position on abortion is neutral, it now sees abortion as a human right that should be promoted and protected. It now proposes to actively fight to deny the human rights of unborn children and their inalienable right to life. In taking this step it is turning its back on human rights. Abortion entails the destruction of an innocent unborn child, the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family.

Protect the Human!!

It's ironic....Amnesty International's latest campaign is Protect the Human - just as they debate whether or not to promote abortion as a human right!

Spectator Article

Simon Caldwell, writing in the UK magazine the Spectator, outlines the issues in this week's edition. Check it out here. This is an excellent article and well worth the read. I am an AI member and to be honest this issue passed me by for quite a while - this article is a real eyeopener.

Amnesty UK Magazine article

The following is the brief report from Amnesty International UK's magazine for members (issue May/June 2006): "After serious debate the AGM 'recommends that AI-UK attend the next Chair's Forum and supports the developmnent of research and action within current and future strategic plans to achieve:
  • decriminalisation of abortion,
  • access to quality services for the management of complications arising from abortion
  • legal, safe and accessible abortion in cases of rape, sexual assault, incest and risk to a woman's life...'"
The article also mentions that a framework for consulting its UK members is being finalised. As soon as I find out more, I'll post it here.