Saturday, July 22, 2006

Abortion may split Amnesty

THE Australian branch of Amnesty International faces an exodus of members, with the group set to decide whether to declare abortion a human right. Religious groups warn that Amnesty, which has always been neutral on whether women have the right to terminate a pregnancy, faces an exodus of its Christian members. Amnesty's British arm recently decided to adopt a pro-abortion stance, forcing other sections of the human rights organisation, including the 68,000-strong Australian branch, to declare their positions. An international meeting of Amnesty in August next year is expected to produce a policy statement on abortion. Melbourne Vicar-General Les Tomlinson said a decision by Amnesty to support abortion would result in an exodus of Christian members.

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