Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Vatican Says No More Money For Amnesty International

From Australia's Herald Sun comes word that the Vatican has run out of patience with Amnesty International for its recent decision to advocate for access to abortion for women.

This should be a clear signal to Catholic Bishops everywhere to issue similar announcements.
The Roman Catholic Church says it is suspending financial aid to the human rights group Amnesty International, accusing it of having decided to support abortion.

“No more Catholic financing of Amnesty International after the organization’s pro-abortion about-turn,” said the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace today.

The council's president Renato Martino said the move was the “inevitable consequence” of a recent decision by Amnesty's executive council to support access to abortion for women who had been raped or whose health was endangered by their pregnancy.

“Thanks be to God, there is no internationally-recognized right to abortion,” Mr Martino said.

But he attacked “the pro-abortion pressure groups which continue their propaganda in the framework of what (the late Pope) John Paul II called 'the culture of death'.

“It is extremely worrying that an organization as worthy as Amnesty International bends to the pressures of these groups,” he said.

The Vatican's stance echoed that by Mr Martino on the US internet site National Catholic Report.

The site also quoted Widney Brown, one of the heads of Amnesty International, who pointed out that 68,000 women died each year from backstreet abortions.

Mr Brown said that Amnesty's views on abortion were inspired by its international campaign to combat violence against women.

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