Wilson calls on Amnesty to reverse abortion policy

Australian Bishops Conference president Archbishop Philip Wilson yesterday called on Amnesty International to abandon its policy of promoting abortion.

He said Amnesty's shift away from a neutral stance on abortion is deeply regrettable.

He said: "Catholic people have had a long association with Amnesty International, going right back to its inception and the two bodies have been closely aligned in their commitment to social justice."

Amnesty International has adopted the pro-abortion position under the term of 'sexual and reproductive rights'. This is at odds with the Catholic understanding of the dignity of the human person and sexuality.

The decision has various people to withdraw membership of Amnesty. These include Catholic school groups, which are now finding other ways to campaign against human rights abuses.

Archbishop Wilson said that he had twice written to Amnesty urging them to reconsider the policy change.

He said yesterday that it is still not too late for them to revert to a neutral stance on abortion.

He said: "I would urge them to do so."

Archbishop Wilson calls on Amnesty International to reverse new policy on abortion (ACBC Media Release, 11/9/07)

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