Amnesty International Pressures Ireland to Legalize Abortions, Ignores Human Rights for Babies

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 25, 2015   |   11:40AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Amnesty International is pushing Ireland to scrap its pro-life laws protecting the human rights of unborn children and to approve legislation to legalize abortions.

Here’s more on what the supposed human rights group is saying about why Ireland needs to allow the destruction of children before birth:

The Amnesty report is also critical of Ireland, saying abortion legislation here does not comply with human rights obligations.

It says the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act provides insufficient guidance to medical professionals in assessing when a pregnancy poses a risk to life.

But pro-life advocates with Pro Life Campaign have condemned the new report, saying Amnesty International has betrayed its founding principles and longtime neutral position on abortion.



The Pro Life Campaign today strongly criticized Amnesty International’s report which denounces Ireland’s abortion laws for not being permissive enough.

Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign said:

“The abortion legislation introduced in Ireland in 2013 permits abortion throughout the full nine months of pregnancy on a threat of suicide, despite the fact that two sets of Oireachtas hearings showed that abortion is not a treatment for suicidality. Instead of criticising the law for not being permissive enough,  Amnesty should be drawing attention to the fact that it permits the destruction of unborn human lives based on no medical evidence.”


“Amnesty International was once an organisation that you could depend on to defend  human rights.  However, it has now become an body that openly campaigns for abortion while steadfastly ignoring the human rights abuses that happen in other countries with permissive abortion regimes.  For example Amnesty has never once condemned horrific practices that routinely happen in countries in Britain where  babies born alive after abortion have simply been left to die.”*

“If Amnesty was truly dedicated to human rights, they would be calling for the repeal of Ireland’s abortion law and not seeking to introduce even more abortion in Ireland.”

* Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health. Perinatal Mortality 2005: England, Wales and Northern Ireland. CEMACH: London; 2007