Working to Protect Human Rights...
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Unless you are less than 9 months gestation. Then we'll freely discriminate based on gestational age and ability.

Amnesty International is not prolife, and intends to interfere with sovereign governments who do not recognize the "right to an abortion".

Lifesite article here
US Catholic Bishops respond, here.

What, you say? Isn't that the group who opposes torture, gets involved in Texas execution protests, and promotes this quote:
Everyone, everywhere has the right to live with dignity.
Yep. Them.

A direct quote from their Campaign for Human Dignity:
Pregnancy is not a disease, yet one woman dies every
minute and many more face long-term debilitating ill-health
as a result of conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.
The causes of these deaths include unsafe abortions, lack of
comprehensive and accessible emergency health care and
early marriage. Almost all of these deaths are preventable, and
the vast majority occur in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.The
consequences pass to future generations as children drop
out of school to take on the role of parents, carers and
breadwinners. People living in poverty do not have equal
access to health information, sex education, essential health
services and medicines.This denies them the right to control
their reproductive lives and to protect themselves from
potentially deadly diseases.
We all know what "controlling reproductive lives" and "essential health services" means in the context of pregnant women, don't we?

It is truly a shame, because it many of AI's other stances (against torture, for basic health care, against the repression of the poor) are laudable. However...

They also are dedicated to the global adherence to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Let's review parts of that quasi-socialist manifesto, shall we?


Now, although throughout the UDHR, it claims that:
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. (Article 3)
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. (Article 5)
They are interpreted in light of Article 1:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. (emphasis mine).
Oh, and a few other problems I have with the document:
Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (Article 23:1)
This has become a big problem in Italy, where it is so difficult to fire someone, even if they are incompetent, that employers are not hiring anyone! It is a big problem for college graduates over there, who are unable to find work because once the employer hires them, they pretty much will be with the company for life, too big a risk for most employers.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay. (Article 24)
Paid holidays are a good thing, generally, but I don't think employers should be forced to offer them by international law. Employers should be legally bound to pay for work done. Everything else is a benefit used to attract and keep a workforce.

Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. (Article 26)
The problem with this is that compulsory, free education is being defined as a human right, and in European countries, homeschoolers are already being prosecuted for interfering with their own children's "right" to public school, even if the children want to be taught at home, and even if they are learning more or far ahead of their state-taught peers!

H/T to Radical Catholic Mom for the heads up.

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