Amnesty International defiant on abortion
Despite objections from Catholic leaders, human rights group won’t back down
(CNA) -- Amnesty International remains defiant about its new pro-abortion stance despite receiving worldwide criticism for its decision to abandon the group’s long standing neutrality on the issue, and has decided instead to embrace abortion as a human right.
Amnesty was founded in 1961 by a Catholic convert, the late Peter Benenson, and has enjoyed the support of Catholic organizations and individuals in its campaigns against torture and capital punishment. It has also received praise in the past for staying clear of the abortion issue, which the organization has viewed as "outside its mandate" for the last 50 years.
However, after a two-year consultation process that many of the 2.2 million Amnesty members have described as "biased, flawed" and "prejudiced in favor of abortion," AI decided to turn abortion into a "human right."
From now on, AI will push for the legalization of abortion in the 97 countries that outlaw abortion.
The Amnesty decision, which will be launched officially on Aug. 11 in Mexico City, has been described as a betrayal of its mission" by Cardinal Renato Martino. In a June 14 interview with the National Catholic Register, he said that when Benenson founded the movement the mission was clear: "to witness to the inalienable rights of all human beings," and that included the unborn.
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