Amnesty International's new stance on abortion
The BBC is reporting that Amnesty International has confirmed a change in policy towards abortion, moving from a stance of neutrality to a support for abortion in specific cases, such as rape, incest and when the mother's life is in danger. This has been, of course, met with anger from some of the world churches:
Roman Catholic leaders in particular accused Amnesty of betraying its commitment to human rights, and a senior Vatican official called on Catholics to stop funding it.
Amnesty, of course, gives its rationale:
But Amnesty's international council - meeting in Mexico - has overwhelmingly supported the decision, insisting it was upholding the ability of women to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights free from coercion and violence.
Amnesty has been working in countries where widespread rape has been used as a weapon of war, and others in which women seeking abortions can be severely punished.
The decision to adjust the stance is incredibly important, even as it is very sensitive. Certainly, I support any woman's right to an abortion on demand, but I understand the Catholic church's stance against it (and it's not really the same stance that certain conservative Christians take against abortion, but I digress).