Amnesty International Adopts New Position Promoting Abortion to “Protect People’s Human Rights”

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 9, 2018   |   11:26AM   |   Washington, DC

Amnesty International, an organization widely known for its human rights activism across the world, adopted a radical new pro-abortion position at its annual conference over the weekend.

The organization has grown increasingly pro-abortion in the past decade, and was a key abortion advocacy group in Ireland ahead of its referendum vote in May.

On July 6 to 8 in Warsaw, Poland, its delegates voted to adopt new pro-abortion proposals to “tackle the devastating human rights consequences of misguided attempts by countries to criminalize and restrict abortion,” according to a news release from the group.

The new position urges countries to not only legalize abortion but also to guarantee that women and girls can easily and “safely” have abortions for basically any reason at any point in pregnancy. It describes abortion (the killing of unborn babies) as “a human right” for women and girls.

Previously, Amnesty advocated for the legalization of abortion in limited circumstances. It adopted its first pro-abortion policy in 2007.

“We want to make sure we are well placed to fight for the human rights of millions of people whose lives are impacted by how governments criminalise or restrict access to abortion …” said Tawanda Mutasah, Amnesty International’s senior director for law and policy. It requires “a much more compassionate approach from governments to protect the rights of the people who are most at risk,”

The organization pointed to questionable statistics about the number of illegal, unsafe abortions that occur across the world every year. It claimed unsafe abortions are one of the leading causes of maternal death worldwide, implying that legalizing abortion will somehow make it safer.

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But legalized abortion has nothing to do with safety or human rights for women. Until May, Ireland was a pro-life country and one of the safest for women. It had one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world, while also protecting unborn babies’ lives.

Legalizing abortion destroys human rights for babies in the womb, and it does not protect women. It just allows back alley abortionists to practice openly and puts the lives of women and children in danger.