by Hilary White
  OTTAWA, May 26, 2006 ( – In late April, revealed that Amnesty International was canvassing their members on a proposal to move into abortion advocacy. Now the human rights group claims that their proposed foray into abortion stems from their support for women’s and homosexual rights.ÂÂ
Â has obtained copies of a form letter Amnesty sent to supporters who contacted them objecting that abortion violates the rights of the unborn. Amnesty wrote, that their proposal to support “sexual and reproductive rights,” (SRR) stems from their “global campaign to Stop Violence against Women, as well as its work on HIV/AIDS; on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, economic, social and cultural rights and on related issues.”
  Toronto’s Amnesty spokesman told that the Amnesty Canada annual general meeting is this weekend at which they will be deliberating on whether to support the abortion proposal. An international meeting is planned for 2007 at which time the international organization will deliberate the abortion proposal with the input of its regional branches. Thus far, at least Britain, and New Zealand branches of the organization have approved making abortion advocacy part of Amnesty’s mandate.
  Amnesty risks losing much of its support among abortion opponents for whom human rights are a high priority in their charitable donations.

To contact Amnesty International with concerns:
  International Secretariat
  1 Easton Street
  WC1X 0DW, UK
  Phone: 44-20-74135500
  Fax: 44-20-79561157
  Read previous coverage:

Bishop: “I, for one, will cease my financial support for Amnesty International”
  Amnesty International Considers Pushing Enforcement of Abortion as Human Right
  President of India Bishops Conference Slams Amnesty’s Proposed Abortion Push
  Amnesty International UK Branch Approves Abortion Advocacy
ÂNew Zealand Branch of Amnesty International Approves Abortion Pus


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