Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Withinsight: Man with Tall Hat versus Amnesty International

Withinsight: Man with Tall Hat versus Amnesty International

I'm proud of Gary. Gary has worked for Amnesty International for quite some time, and in the last two years worked on this policy:

"...after more than two years of movement-wide debate and hard work, Amnesty International recently decided on a policy related to sexual and reproductive rights. Without stating a position on abortion generally, it said it would campaign for abortion rights in cases of rape, incest or violence, or where the mother's life or health is in danger.

The Pope and his boys now are instructing all Catholics to stop supporting Amnesty. Those guys! What a barrel of fun they are. They'd make good dads I'm sure...

I was involved in the decision-making process here in Canada and we know that we will lose some supporters, those who are opposed to abortion in any circumstances. We have also gained supporters, who wonder how a human rights organization cannot campaign on such a fundamental woman's issue."

Here is Lindsay (Lobe) explaining the reason behind this in a comment:

"Amnesties changed stance from their previous position of neutrality as I understand it in no way signals a move by the organisation towards recognising abortion as any woman's right, rather the decision refers only to those dire circumstances you mention of rape and life threatening circumstances for the mother.

Although the decision i wouild adjudge was motivated to support women’s freedom and provide a more compassionate response to women in difficult situations of pregnancy' more often that not no real choiuce is avaialable. I refer to the lack of choice when the Mother has no visible means of supporting the unborn child. There seems no other choice than abortion which may injure the heath and dignity of the women at the same time as ending the life of the unborn child.

I understand for instance a growing number of Iraqis -- most of them women and children -- are fleeing their homes to escape increased bloodshed caused by sectarian violence and abortions (although illegal and performed illegally) are increasing dramatically."

To which Gary explains Amnesty International's policy further.
Follow the link


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

The knee jerk crowd will of course condemn them. I applaud them for a decision and position long overdue!!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Yes more applause here!

8:48 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

it never ceases to amaze me that it is always men at the forefront of atrocities and deciding what is best for women. i am not a man basher- i love the one who lives here with me and there are plenty of good ones out there (future)- but for as much as men stand in a public forum and extol the virtues of family and womanhood and whatnot- they surely don't want to endorse anything that is in any way humane. anyhoo- my point is- men should support this- and a woman's right to choose anywhere- because it is always a man that rapes a woman that may lead to pregnancy. there really isn't anyway that the pope can argue that. there is only one immaculate conception for him.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Thanks for posting the link Ingrid. You're a good woman! (Even if you didn't post the link of course...)

11:37 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Amen and 'aye' to all of that. And you're most welcome Gary. I hope that the dust has settled from all the changes you went through the last couple of months, although that is usually a slow(er) process than that.
Gary, you certainly can be proud of your career!

8:17 PM  
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