Editor’s note. The following was received this morning from The Life Institute, a major Irish pro-life organization.
The Life Institute has sharply criticized Amnesty International (Ireland) for what it described as an ‘obsession’ with Ireland’s abortion laws, and says that Amnesty’s decision to become ‘abortion campaigners’ has damaged the founding mission of the organization.
Spokeswoman Niamh Uí Bhriain said that most of Amnesty’s high profile campaigns and public statements now seemed to be part of a push for abortion, and that this had led to members of the public withdrawing their support from Amnesty.
“Amnesty was founded to highlight human rights abuses, especially in regard to political prisoners and those suffering under unjust regimes. But now it seems to spend most of its time attacking the rights of the most vulnerable person of all – the unborn child.”
“I’ve lost count of the number of people who have contacted us to tell us they will never support Amnesty again because of their stance on abortion,” she said.
Ms. Uí Bhriain said that Amnesty’s position had no basis in fact or international law. “There is no treaty or convention acknowledging a supposed ‘right’ to abortion, yet the right to life of every person is widely recognized in international law,” she said.
She also accused Amnesty of covering up the reality of abortion, in the same way that brutal regimes covered up the human rights abuses that were previously Amnesty’s focus.
“Amnesty write glib reports calling for abortion to be made legal but they ignore the reality of what abortion does to an unborn child,” she said. “Abortion brutally takes the life of a child: so we have the shocking reality of Amnesty becoming an organization that supports violence against children who are at their most vulnerable stage of existence”.
“If Amnesty want to improve the situation for pregnant women, why don’t they seek better maternal healthcare for women everywhere instead of spending millions on campaigning for abortion which is a medieval solution to a crisis pregnancy,” she said.
The Life Institute said that it would be joining the pro-life group Youth Defense and others in highlighting Amnesty’s position as abortion campaigners using social media graphics to bring attention to their message.