Media Release 7th Nov 2017
Amnesty is campaigning to have the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution removed in a national referendum in May 2018. The amendment was introduced in 1983 to prevent the violation of the right to life of the unborn. It protects equally the lives of mothers and the unborn.
Right to Life contends that Amnesty International has lost its way and has forfeited its right to be called a human rights organisation. In 2006 it was infiltrated and taken over by those with a pro-abortion agenda.
The 8th amendment states, “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”
In 2016 Amnesty spent €275,463 in Ireland promoting the destruction of the human rights of Ireland’s unborn. In contrast, the human rights group spent worldwide €89,370 on stopping torture, €55,537 on anti-discrimination, €34,983 on the abolition of the death penalty and €59,074 on individuals at risk including prisoners of conscience. Amnesty launched a national a national campaign titled, “My Body My Rights” in March 2014 to repeal the Constitutional amendment. In summary Amnesty spent more money in Ireland on promoting the right to kill unborn children than it did on all its core functions combined.
Amnesty International is now at the forefront of pressurising nations to remove legal protection for the lives of the defenceless unborn. Amnesty also supports China’s violation of human rights with forced abortions and sterilizations. Amnesty is also supporting the decriminalisation of abortion in New Zealand.
Abortion is only permitted in Ireland when the life of the mother is at real and substantial risk. This amendment was inserted into the constitution following a referendum in 1983 which passed by a two-to-one margin.
Right to life calls on Amnesty International to abandon it’s hypocritical stance. While it purports to support the repressed, it itself is leading the charge for the killing of the defenceless unborn.
Right to Life.