Amnesty International USA Adopts Secret Abortion Policy

Amnesty International [AI] USA has adopted a new policy supporting a “right” to abortion, but “Not to be made public”, according to reports this week carried by First Things and Consistent Life. First Things reported on a buried policy statement unearthed from the members-only, restricted-content page of AI’s US website. The policy outlined AI’s new position on Sexual and Reproductive Rights that “includes support for abortion.” While the document claims AI would support abortion only in “particular circumstances,” in effect the goals of the new position would support abortion on demand. “The new policy has three basic goals: (1) provide access to abortion in what they claim will only be “particular circumstances,” (2) ensure that women have access to medical care after botched-whether legal or illegal-abortions, and (3) eliminate all penalties against women seeking abortions and against abortion providers,” Anderson writes. Although AI denies that they are now supporting abortion as a human right, Anderson states that is simply not true. “The phrase: ‘AI takes no position on whether abortion is right or wrong, nor on whether or not abortion should be legal’ is repeated over and over throughout the AI documents. But it’s not true.” ‘Though they try to make a strong distinction between “decriminalization” (what they’re for) and “legalization” (what they take no position on), it’s mere semantics… [T]hey specify: “‘Decriminalization’ means the removal of all criminal penalties (including imprisonment, fines, and other punishments) against those seeking, obtaining, providing information about, or carrying out abortions.” In other words, besides standard medical protocols, you can not regulate abortion at all. Some medical protocols that carry fines and other...