Thursday, May 11, 2006

Pleading for Amnesty

Amnesty International is considering adopting a policy regarding reproductive freedom, which may include acceptance of abortion as such. In response, although I am not a member, but only an interested party, I sent the following letter. I urge my readers who are in accordance to do the same.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As an ordinary citizen who has heard nothing but positive things about the admirable work of Amnesty International, I read with trepidation about your proposal to formulate a policy regarding a woman's right to have access to abortion.

Oddly enough, I heard of this in the same week that I read the article entitled, "Running Out of the Darkness" in the May 1, 2006, issue of Time Magazine, which describes the efforts of an underground railroad to rescue individuals from oppression, forced imprisonment and torture in North Korea. The article begins with the story of Kim Myong Suk, a twenty-year old woman who was imprisoned while five months pregnant. Kim was tortured by means of abortion:

"Hwang [Myong Dong, a North Korean prison guard] referred repeatedly to the baby as 'the Chink,' because the father was a peasant from northeastern China, where Kim had fled earlier that year. As she lay on the prison floor, Hwang demanded that she abort the fetus herself. She refused, so the guard began kicking her in the stomach. Then he beat her and, as her sister screamed, continued beating Kim until she blacked out. When she regained consciousness, she says, she 'was taken to a clinic in the camp, and in the most blunt manner, they removed {the fetus} from my body.'"

The potential for oppressive governments to use abortion as a means to torture women should be of great concern to Amnesty International; and this abuse must take precedence over taking any stand to promote abortion by allegedly-free choice. While women's civil rights remain oppressed, we will never be able to guarantee each woman the right to choose birth and be free from this form of torture.

May I also mention that it is not just in oppressive countries where abortion is abused? I, myself, was forced to abort when I was a sixteen-year old girl who made the mistake of getting pregnant. Those who should have supported me used the legality of abortion to solve their own problem, and used the threat of abandonment to force me to do what I did not want to do. This is not reproductive freedom, and my right to choose was not protected. No one beat me, but that does happen to girls and women who do not want to comply with the coercion of others to abort their unwanted children, as evidenced by the fact, offered to us by the National Organization of Women, that homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women. From this, we see that violence against women who are with child is a serious problem.

I respectfully ask you to refrain from supporting abortion, a violent act that succeeds only in further enslaving women. Even in cases of rape and incest, abortion is not a solution for abused women. All too often, it is the one who has initially victimized the woman who uses abortion to hide his crime; this will happen more often than not in nations where women's rights are already suppressed. The best possible stance for Amnesty International to take, and the position that is most consistent with its goal to protect human rights and human life, is one that opposes the violence of abortion.

Thank you very much for your time and your consideration of my letter. It is my hope that AI will take the high road, and choose to protect women, and to protect life from its very beginnings.

4 Comments:

At 4:09 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

You tell 'em!

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger achromic said...

Well I disagree with you. But you do say what you say very well. I think that just because someone uses abortion in the manner you discribed doesn't mean that you should outlaw it for those that want it. Force preg. can be torture to.... you know that is true. Women can be raped and forced to carry to term..... it was happening in Bosina...... actually quiet abit according to some of the story's I read. Systamtic rape of women of the other side forced to stay preg. until she was about 8 months along then kicked to the curb and left with a child that was not of their religion (so they said) and that they did not want..... in a place where orphanages met hardly any care at all. Should we then decide that all preg. is bad? LOL of course not. People who are abusers can take anything...... anything at all..... and make it a bad bad thing. We need to address the abuser and HOW the abuse happened....... not to restrict the freedoms of many for something that they did not particpate in.

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger ihurt4u said...

abortion hurts like konw one can understand that has ever felt it.

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger iheartcowboys10 said...

Well this blog is now a few months old but I just read it. By the way here is a news story from the Associated Press that I had to read for my newscast in radio class:

A MAINE COUPLE HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTING THEIR PREGNANT 19-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. POLICE SAY THE PARENTS WERE TAKING THE TEEN TO NEW YORK TO FORCE HER TO GET AN ABORTION. THEY SAY SHE ESCAPED DURING A REST STOP, AND ALERTED POLICE. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY FOUND ROPE, DUCT TAPE, AND A RIFLE IN THE PARENTS’ CAR.

Yes, abortion is abused all the time even in the U.S. This girl is 19, she's an adult. It's so sad what some people do. Whether abortion was ever abused or not, you're still killing innocent babies & having the law allow such a thing in the United States, now that's just scary! What is this world coming to? By the way I'm 18 yrs old, I have been raped, I don't have any kids, and I am apalled that abortion is legal. This goes to show that young people have feelings about this issue too and we do not all support it.

 

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