Amnesty International Pushes Abortion: Pro-Life Nations Should “Take Their Head Out of the Sand”

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 13, 2016   |   11:25AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Abortion activists, encouraged by a recent UN ruling, are putting intense pressure on Ireland to legalize abortion.

The pro-abortion group Amnesty International especially has been pushing the pro-life country to end rights for unborn babies and allow abortion on demand. On Thursday, Colm O’Gorman, head of the group’s Ireland affiliate, echoed the UN’s labeling of Irish law “cruel, inhumane and discriminatory.”

“The Irish government must take its head out of the sand and see that it has to tackle this issue,” O’Gorman said in a statement.

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, O’Gorman said Ireland would be branded a “rogue nation” for not legalizing abortion.

Cora Sherlock of the Pro Life Campaign in Ireland called out O’Gorman’s remark on Twitter, urging him to retract it and focus on ending true human rights abuses in the world.

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Earlier this week, the UN Human Rights Committee issued a ruling urging the pro-life nation to legalize abortion on disabled babies. The UN committee’s ruling specifically involved the case of an Irish woman named Amanda Mellet who wanted to abort her unborn baby because of congenital defects. According to the report, doctors said Mellet’s baby likely would die in the womb or shortly after birth. Rather than treasure the short time she had with her baby and allow him or her to die naturally, Mellet wanted to have her unborn baby killed in an abortion. Mellet said she suffered severe emotional and mental pain because Irish laws did not allow her to abort her child.

The UN committee sided with Mellet and against her unborn baby, saying Ireland’s pro-life laws violated Mellet’s human “right” to an abortion.

Amnesty International wants Ireland to legalize abortion, not just on disabled babies, but in all cases, Sherlock pointed out on Twitter.

Earlier this week, she also criticized the UN committee for saying that a certain class of human beings, unborn children, should not have legal rights.

“The UN’s Human Rights Committee has become a de facto lobby group for abortion,” Sherlock continued. “Every few months they castigate Ireland’s abortion laws but are totally silent when it comes to investigating abuses in the abortion industry. It is unbelievable how one-sided they have become and they need to be called out on it. The same committee that is always challenging Ireland on its abortion laws has never once taken countries like Britain and Canada to task over the horrific practice of babies being born alive after failed abortions and left to die in hospital corners.”

Sherlock told she is sympathetic toward women who face the heartbreaking news that their unborn baby may not live, but these women and their babies deserve support, not abortion.

“There is so much more that needs to be done in ensuring adequate provision, for example, of perinatal hospice care services in Ireland to allow families share whatever precious time they will have with their baby diagnosed with a life-limiting condition,” she said.