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    Thursday, June 21, 2007

    Rape ruse

    It's hard not to like Amnesty International, unless you're a fan of Gitmo and those secret prisons the USA used in Poland after 9/11.

    Lately, AI is getting on the abortion bandwagon, and using rape and women's health (like our famous Supreme Court) as the excuse.


    Until this year, Amnesty International was officially neutral on the issue of abortion. In April, the group’s executive board decided to drop that neutrality. Now, the group will promote access to abortion for women who are victims of rape and for women whose life or health is endangered by pregnancy.

    Widney Brown, Amnesty International’s senior director of international law, policy and campaigns, said that discussion about the new abortion policy began more than two years ago, after Amnesty International became involved in a global campaign to stop violence against women.

    But Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), said Brown’s argument that rape justifies access to abortion has been used routinely by pro-abortion lobbyists since the 1990s.

    Ruse said international abortion lobbyists use subterfuges like the rape issue to try to promote abortion as a “human right” because “they cannot come right out and win an up-or-down vote on abortion, even using extreme circumstances, at the United Nations.”

    Ruse also rejected Brown’s claim that Amnesty International only recently began considering whether to promote abortion rights.

    Ruse said that Amnesty International representatives at the United Nations have supported pro-abortion initiatives for a number of years.

    According to Amnesty International’s Web site, “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.”

    However, abortion is not mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or in any other internationally recognized human-rights document. And the preamble of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, one of the United Nations’ foremost human rights documents, states, “The child … needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.”

    Brown conceded that the right to abortion is not “expressly” enshrined in international human rights.

    But she argued that the “right to health” of the pregnant woman trumps the unborn child’s right to life.

    “Her right to health and the right to the quality of life that she needs and the healing that she needs, this is what we would say should be the priority,” Brown said.

    Brown also cited a World Health Organization estimate that 68,000 women die annually as a result of unsafe abortions.

    “Once we looked at that figure, neutrality would have meant essentially saying it’s OK that 68,000 women a year die because of criminalization of abortion,” Brown said.

    Brownie forgets to mention that 68,000 babies also die along with their mothers as the result of the free will choice of these moms to kill their little ones.


    Blogger John said...

    I think it would be a good thing if you gave credit to Tom McFeely of the National Catholic Register for this reporting rather than just lifting it.

    June 21, 2007  
    Blogger John said...

    My apologies. I see that you did link it.

    June 21, 2007  

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