The organization Amnesty International is a human rights group that has become radically pro-abortion over the course of the last decade. Their official position on abortion is stated on their website. It says, “Amnesty International believes that where women’s access to safe and legal abortion services and information is restricted, their fundamental human rights may be at grave risk.” Recently, they launched a campaign called My Body My Rights using very rare and tragic cases to promote abortion.
But unfortunately, as LifeNews recently reported, portions of the My Body My Rights campaign concern legitimate human rights issues on which no one on the pro-life or pro-abortion side of the abortion debate would disagree. The positive part of their campaign works to end forced marriages between children and help women who have severe health conditions such as uterine prolapse, or fallen womb, as a result of continuous pregnancy and hard labour. However, these good efforts are mixed in with killing innocent babies, making the organization impossible for pro-lifers to support.
In fact, the group is so radically pro-abortion that in a recent email blast they said El Salvador’s pro-life law that bans abortion is “torture.” It read, “In El Salvador, it doesn’t matter if a woman is pregnant as a result of rape, or whether the pregnancy is a risk to the mother’s life or health. Abortion is banned in all cases. Miscarriages can result in up to 50 years imprisonment for “homicide” or “aggravated homicide”.
The combination of difficulty accessing contraception, high levels of violence — including rape — against women, and a lack of comprehensive sexuality education has resulted in El Salvador has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Latin America. Devastatingly, suicide accounts for 57 percent of the deaths of pregnant females aged 10 to 19 — but this number is thought to be much higher when taking into account many unreported cases. The degree of pain and suffering caused by El Salvador’s abortion ban is so severe that it constitutes torture.”
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Although pro-lifers agree that women who’ve had miscarriages and abortions shouldn’t go to jail, to say that pro-life laws that prohibit abortion are torturous is completely untrue. Instead, what is true is that rape and sexual exploitation is tortuous for women; and abortion itself is torture for unborn babies.
Additionally, if Amnesty International looked into the negative side effects associated with abortion they wouldn’t be arguing that abortion should be accessible to women in El Salvador. Studies show that over 65% of women who have abortions suffer from post-abortive syndrome, 31% have health complications, and post abortive women are six-times more likely to commit suicide than women who give birth. Also, many women who have abortions are coerced or forced into it by parents, spouses, partners and abusers. For these women, this “choice” society brags about really isn’t one at all. Make no mistake; abortion in El Salvador would make women’s lives tortuous because it would cater to sexual predators, cause emotional and physical pain and rob women of their children.