The international human rights group, Amnesty International, currently takes no position on abortion.
However, that could very well change, as they are polling their national affiliates in different countries, as to whether the "right" to abortion should be viewed as a fundamental human right.
Already, the Great Britain and New Zealand affiliates have gone pro-abortion. British and New Zealand Amnesty International Groups Back Abortion
TAKE ACTION: Tell Amnesty International that you don't want it to become a pro-abortion organization fighting to make abortion legal worldwide. Go to http://web.amnesty.org/contacts/engindex to contact the group and express your opposition. Also, use the group's web site to find your national affiliate and tell them you oppose the idea.
One of our correspondents contacted Amnesty International with a query regarding thieir considerations. Here is the reply she received:
From: Betsy Ross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 16:08:23 -0400
>Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns.
> Although AI does not currently take a position on abortion, you are
> correct that the AI movement is contemplating whether and how to
> As you probably already know, our policy agenda, and the policies
> themselves, are determined by AI members through a democratic process.
> The reason that abortion is being discussed right now is that members
> throughout the movement felt that AI's work to stop violence against
> women and promote women's human rights necessitates that we consider
> whether a more comprehensive policy on sexual and reproductive rights,
> potentially encompassing certain abortion-related issues, would enable
> AI to be more effective in these areas. This was expressed in a
> decision taken last August at AI's 2005 International Council Meeting
> (ICM), which is AI's highest decision-making body.
> The 2005 ICM decided that AI will develop a policy statement and a
> strategy for defending and promoting sexual and reproductive rights.
> the same time, the ICM decided that an extended consultation process
> should be undertaken to determine whether AI should adopt a policy on
> abortion and how such a policy should be formulated. We have just
> embarked on this process. The first stage involves considering whether
> and when AI should develop policies on three specific issues that have
> been identified as particularly urgent in the context of AI's campaign
> to stop violence against women: 1) access to health care for the
> management of complications arising from abortion; 2) access to
> in cases of rape, sexual assault, incest or risk to a woman's life; and
> 3) the removal of criminal penalties for those who seek or provide
> All other abortion-related issues, including whether a woman's right to
> physical and mental integrity includes a right to terminate pregnancy,
> will be considered by the 2007 ICM. The extended timeframe for
> consultation and decision-making is a reflection of the recognition
> these are profound decisions that require reflection and discussion so
> that the AI movement can move forward as one.
> Please let us know if you would like to receive an update on how this
> process is unfolding. We expect that we may have some new information
> in about six months or so.
Here is the reply sent to Amnesty International by our correspondent, who is a member of the Anglican clergy and a woman.
Dear Ms. Ross,
Thank you for the statement on the situation regarding Amnesty
deliberations concerning abortion advocacy. I certainly do wish to be kept
informed at the developments in these deliberations in the future.
A number of concerns in this area come to me.
First, access to medical care for complications following a surgical
whether the procedure is prohibited locally or not, does not strike me as a
specifically women's issue. Access to medical care seems to me to be
that can be considered a universal human right. To separate medical care
women in regard to sexual or childbearing health from an overall plan for
health care perpetuates the racist ideology of the population control
the 1960's. See Betsy Hartmann's book, "Reproductive Rights and Wrongs."
Second, sexual abuse as experienced by women in rape and incest needs to be
addressed in culturally appropriate sanctions that concentrate on
punishing the abuser. The use of abortion as a response to sexual abuse
perpetuates the abuse by making the victim a victim yet once more. More
than not, the recourse to abortion is a coverup for the male abuser and
social sanctions that blame the woman and excuse the abuser. Killing the
utero of an abuser does not provide justice to the victim.
Third, placing the prohibition of abortion on demand in the context of
aginst women strikes me as ethically untenable. Indeed, it is ethically
Violence against women as it is manifest in battering, honor killings,
trafficking, rape and incest relies on the availability of abortion, legal
or not, to
hide the real situation and protect the perpetrators. Abortion is yet one
in the kit of abusive male-dominated cultures to maintain dominance of
and avoid culpability for its tolerance of abuse.
I am the mother of a domestic violence survivor and a former teacher in
Africa. These issues are close to my heart. But what I say here, I say not
experience but from the evidence of researchers, for example, Nancy
of the University of New Brunswick in New Brunswick, Canada . The humane
response to the situation of vulnerable women is not intensive chemicals or
invasive surgery, but the re-education of men. This is fundamental. If
International is really interested in the human rights of women, then it
confront the questions of appropriate health care, sexual abuse, and
violence head on. To all of these questions, legalizing abortion is not an
is, rather, a continuation of abuse.
Please forward these comments to those to whom they may be appropriate. I
willing to talk to anyone involved in these deliberations. And as I have
said, I would
appreciate being kept informed as to the deliberations of Amnesy
concerning this most serious topic.
This is VERY important! If Amnesty International changes it's position from neutrality to pro-abortion, we can expect to see lawsuits in EVERY country which has laws protecting the right to life of the unborn.