EVEN AL JAZEERA has covered Amnesty International's new decision to support abortion. The clip here shows an interview between AI's Widney Brown and Helen Alvare of the Catholic University of America.
Widney Brown has been one of the people zealously pushing the policy onto the organisation with a dogmatic belief that abortion is a human right. In fact in her fervour, Ms Brown apparently has not bothered to find out about what Catholic teaching is in relation to the matter, preferring instead to use crude (and completely erroneous) stereotypes of what she believes to be Catholic teaching. This is another demonstration that the organisation has been forced into this by a leadership not fully comprehending what it was doing but just clinging on to the belief that it was right. To be fair, in the middle of the interview poor Ms Brown lets it slip that it wasn't just Catholic beliefs she didn't fully grasp, apparently she didn't quite realise what Amnesty US has done in relation to its interpretation of women's health and its stance on supporting the availability of partial birth abortions.
Now other AI spokespeople have been a little circumspect about the numbers leaving AI - see, for example, Phillippe Hensmans's view who almost complained it wasn't fair that the Catholic Church was asking its members to think twice before supporting AI. Not so Ms Brown, who says that there has not been an exodus of people leaving the organisation as was predicted when the policy was announced in April (actually other reports contradict her, and she hasn't produced her statistics)....but, hold your horses Widney: surely, the policy wasn't announced in April - well, at least that's what Amnesty International would have us believe. In fact Amnesty went out of its way to try to cover up the policy with confidential internal documents and attempts to mislead members into thinking that the consultation it claims was so democratic was continuing right up until August.
What happened was when the top secret documents got into the public domain thanks to Consistent Life, the hapless Widney gave an interview to Reuters about the policy....red faces all round as Amnesty's leadership realised it had been well and truly caught out.