Pro-Life Advocate: Amnesty International Would Hurt Itself Supporting Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 8, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 8
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — The Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, the head of Human Life International, says Amnesty International, the human rights group, would hurt its own cause if it decides to take a position later this year in favor of abortion.

"If Amnesty International (AI) drops their neutral stance on abortion they will have become their own enemy, and become complicit in one of the greatest human rights abuses of all time: abortion on demand," he told in a statement.

"It was bad enough they were neutral on the crime of abortion in the first place, but if they drop even that they switch sides to stand on the side of tyrants and genocide throughout history," Father Euteneuer said. "The failure to see the plight of the unborn for the injustice that it is represents a grave moral blindness, not a sensitivity to the oppressed."

Father Euteneuer was responding reports that Amnesty International, UK, has endorsed legal abortion. An International Council meeting is scheduled for August 2007 in Mexico to decide the issue worldwide.

"The international abortion lobby has been trying to have abortion declared a ‘human right’ by trying to manipulate UN conferences and international treaty instruments. Thus far they have failed." Father Euteneuer added.

"If AI caves to this pressure, it would represent not principle, but abandonment of principle to ugly, bald-faced ideology. It would render every unborn child—especially in the developing world—a political prisoner in the womb," he explained.

"If they go through with this," he added, "they will have lost one of their strongest allies in the cause of human rights: the Catholic Church."

"Peter Benenson," the Catholic convert and lawyer who founded Amnesty International in 1961, "must be rolling in his grave." Father Euteneuer concluded.

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 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.