Amnesty International's Pro-abortion Shift Assailed

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KOENIGSTEIN, Germany, MAY 5, 2006 (Zenit.org).- An international Catholic charity says that Amnesty International's new campaign to advance "abortion rights" contradicts the organization's principles.



Father Joaquín Alliende, international ecclesiastical assistant to Aid to the Church in Need, said in a statement today that the rights organization "has earned a high reputation for its intensive efforts to gain the release of innocent prisoners on conscience."

He added Aid to the Church in Need "highly appreciates this moral commitment."

The statement continued: "By proposing a pro-abortion initiative, Amnesty International is abandoning its own noble ethical principles, thereby shaking the very foundations on which it is built: for the simple reason that unborn life in a mother's womb is the very weakest of all threatened and persecuted human beings.

"Thus the day this initiative was launched will become a day of mourning for all those who are unconditionally committed to true humanism."

Amnesty International's position on abortion had been: "There is no generally accepted right to abortion in international human rights law."