Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Charity wrong on abortion

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I have always been a supporter of the work that Amnesty International has done in the fight against human rights abuses such as torture, false imprisonment and the death penalty.

The recent decision of Amnesty International to campaign for the decriminalisation of abortion, however, sets itself against the most fundamental human right - that of the right to life itself.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects the right to life of 'all members of the human family' and, more specifically, the Declaration on the Rights of the Child states: '... the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.'

Amnesty International has not only set itself up against the Vatican, as has been widely reported, but against these internationally recognised human rights declarations.

It is not only Catholics therefore, but those of all faiths and none, who are in favour of the human rights of all, especially the most vulnerable in our society, who will now boycott this organisation and will instead divert their time, money and resources to other causes.

Damian Rhodes, Cardiff

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