Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Amnesty International's Pro-Life Supporters Speak Up

Do you remember this post, called "Pleading for Amnesty? Amnesty International wants to add abortion to the list of human "rights" to be defended.

The Consistent Life organization, a group dedicated to promoting peace and non-violence, has started a registry of Amnesty International pro-life supporters who want to object to this movement.

The statement of purpose reads as follows:

"We have contributed money or actions to Amnesty International, and want to be able to continue to do so in good conscience. We are distressed about the move to frame abortion as a right, rather than understanding it as a form of violence.

Abortion is violence against unborn children. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child states that every child "needs special safeguards and care, including legal protection, before as well as after birth." [Resolution 1386(XIV) of 20 November 1959]

Abortion is violence against women. Unjust pressures on women become more likely with abortion availability, such as sexual exploitation and lack of services or workplace accommodations for mothers. Large numbers of women have indicated that their abortion was a major trauma for them.

We are afraid Amnesty International could lose its most important asset: its credibility. We support AI's advocacy against the death penalty for the guilty. Will the sincerity of this be discounted by some if AI supports legalizing it for the innocent? “Human rights” can be dismissed as partisan propaganda when used by people advocating some form of violence. Because AI's work is so crucial, the consequences of squandering its well-earned reputation are truly dire.

The proposed stand for medical care for women who have had botched abortions is reasonable, as for women who have suffered torture or rape or any other kind of violence. From our point of view, it is in the same category. The current stand AI takes against coerced abortion is also admirable.

Beyond these, since AI has another large constituency that would keep it from taking our position, the previous long-standing position of neutrality on abortion is a reasonable compromise."

If you want your voice heard, please visit the registry and sign on.


At 8:38 PM, Blogger aus blog said...

Something for Pro-choicers to concider.....................

Over 3,500 terminations per day, 1.3 MILLION per year in the United States alone.
50 or 60 MILLION per year World Wide.

I am a pro-lifer who has no religious convictions at all . I didn't need the fear of god or anything else to come to my decision, just a good sence of what is right and wrong.
You see we were all once a fetus. Is it beyond the realm of possibilities that when your mother first learned she was carrying you, she may have considered her options? What if she had decided to terminate? Would that have been OK?
You would not exist, if you have children they would not exist, and your (husband or wife) would be married to someone else. You would have been deprived of all your experiences and memories. In this day and age with terminations being so readily available and so many being carried out, if you make it to full term
you can consider yourself lucky. Lucky you had a mother that made the choice of life for you. Don't you think they all deserve the same basic human right, LIFE?
I'm all for contraception, prevention is certainly better than termination.
Did you know you can get an implant that is safe, 99.9% effective, and lasts for three years? Just think girls not even a show for three years, wouldn't that be great? I think too many people rely too heavily on the last option (abortion), I think if abortions weren't so readily available people would manage their reproductive system far better resulting in a fraction of the number of unwanted pregnancies.
World wide there are over 50 MILLION aborted pregnancies each year. In America 3,500 terminations carried out every day, that's over 1.3 million every year, 50% of all cases claimed that birth control had been used, 48% admitted they took no precaution, and 2% had a medical reason. That's a stagering 98% that may have been prevented had an effective birth control been used. Don't get me wrong, I suspect the percentages in Australia would be much the same.
Just a lot of unnessessary killing.
I am convinced that in the not too distant future, people will look back at many of the practices of today with disbelief and horror.

At the point of conception is when life began for you. This was the start of your existance. Your own personal big bang. Three weeks after conception heart started to beat. First brain waves recorded at six weeks after conception. Seen sucking thumb at seven weeks after conception.


At 4:03 PM, Blogger Stand-up-girl said...

All I can say is I am very proud that you have spoken up! May God bless you in revealing the truth about abortion.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger aus blog said...

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At 6:00 AM, Blogger Silent Rain Drops said...

Ausblog, you've made some great points. I agree with you that birth control have to start before the child is conceived - life begins at conception.

Unfortunately, the pill, rings, and Plan B all have a secondary function - besides trying to prevent ovulation, they also make the womb a hostile environment, so the body expels the fertilized embryo. I miscarried at eight weeks precisely for this reason.

Keep up the good work presenting all the logical, well-thought out, non-religious and just plain human reasons why life begins at conception, and thanks for reading and commenting here.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger SLC said...

Abortion is a fatal event that happens to a fetus. It is a choice of a mother or father. It may lead to Post Traumatic Stress for some parents or it may not. It may have catastrophic consequences for some parents but not for others.
We spend far too much time debating the symptom rather than treating the causes.
Abortion is a symptom of many systemic failures - the failures of family systems, economic systems, medical systems.
As long as you pay attention to debating and trying to stop the symptom, you will fail. Abortions will occur. They will either occur in an alley or in a clinic - which location is more traumatic? which location has more potential for harm? which location supports the status quo of a dysfunctional system?
When you criminalize abortion or make it illegal to perform, you victimize the parents.
You can't have it both ways - where you force birth but not provide adequate support for the child and the parents.
When you choose to enact laws forbidding abortion, you are declaring that the state has the right to force child birth and that implies that the state then has the full responsibility for the safety and well being of that child. Yet rarely in the "abortion debate" do you hear "pro-lifers," so to speak, include a follow-up plan in their legislation that the welfare of forced birth babies will be provided. Instead we have a woefully inadequate TANF system which actually encourages abortion.

I see abortion called a "horrible mistake." This statement displays the lack of economic necessity of abortion. Parents who are poor and cannot afford a child or parents who are mentally ill and cannot care for a child, or parents who have abused drugs and alcohol during pregnancy and parents who have genetic disorders (huntington's, etc.) arguably are not making a mistake; they are making a very rational choice based on sound logic where the outcome will have both positive and negative consequences. Not every parent who has an abortion is a middle class mom who just doesn't feel like having another kid - but because that is the face of the "pro-choicers" many people may think just that.
Our economic system does not support the surplus population. The surplus population have difficulty caring for themselves let alone an additional child; gone are the days when having more children to help out on the farm or in the field for the family are gone. Having more children in an urbanized ghetto environment dramatacally increases the life stress of the mother and father. 66% of "welfare" mothers have 1 child, and less than 8% have 5 or more children; and they are over representated in the foster care systems. Welfare mothers have less children than the national average; so, the argument that they have abortion for economic reasons is a very strong one.
PLEASE focus on the cure for the systemic failures, not masking the symptom with short sited legislation.
Your work on the psychological effects of abortion are exemplary, but to me, they only reinforce the idea that a choice with so many negative consequences must weigh heavy on the chooser and thus they do not make the decision lightly but based on the idea that having the child must be worse or impossible.

Practical efforts to reduce abortion such as improved cash payments, healthcare, and housing for poor mothers and parents of the surplus population (a capatalist economic term, by the way) is a great policy to pursue.

Making greater efforts to reduce drug use in American ghettos so that babies are born healthy.

Making greater efforts to connect adoptive parents to teenagers and other populations where abortion is more common.

Discouraging oversea adoptions by American citizens and encouraging homeland adoptions.

Improving economic investment and opportunity into populations where abortion is more prevelant.

Abortion is part of a cluster of symptoms of systemic failures!


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