Members of Congress ask Amnesty International to Uphold Position on Abortion

Josh Montez

AI is considering changing its stance to make the procedure an international right for women who face unplanned pregnancies.

Representative Chris Smith spearheaded a letter signed by over 70 of his colleagues urging AI to remain neutral on abortion—or join the pro-life cause in defending the unborn. Deirdre McQuade is with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“They say that ‘we believe that the killing of an unborn child by abortion never be construed to be a human right.’ Every child—born or unborn—deserves protection and to have his or her human rights secured and protected.”

In a statement, Amnesty International said they received the letter from Congress and are looking forward to more dialogue on ‘pressing human rights issues.’ McQuade hopes that is true, despite the negative pressure they’re receiving from the pro-abort camp.

“That would very seriously threaten how much we could work together, how extensively we could have them speak in Catholic settings, or recruit young workers to be on staff with them.”

Democrats for Life is another pro-life group calling on AI to take a stand for the unborn; spokeswoman Kristen Day.

“I think it would be a step in the wrong direction to start promoting abortion. The unborn children are definitely worth protecting, and that should be a human rights protection—not advocating for abortion.”

Other members of Congress that signed the letter: Representatives John Boehner, Bart Stupak, Henry Hyde, Mark Souder, Joe Pitts and Marilyn Musgrave.

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