|| Time I renewed my Amnesty membership, I think
||Aug. 21st, 2007 04:35 pm|
The inherent controversy and irresolvability of the abortion rights/wrongs debate should have dissuaded Amnesty from taking any stance other than total neutrality on abortion access and legality. Amnesty has historically only acted to defend universally accepted human rights (such as not getting tortured and not being detained without charge); abortion is not universally accepted as a human right and there are logical, internally-consistent arguments for it to be considered either a human rights violation or a human right, depending upon one's own axioms.
I'm not surprised in the least that Catholics are leaving. I myself will not be renewing my membership, not because I disagree with some parts of their new abortion stance, but because they have lost the impartiality that I respected them for by taking a stance other than complete neutrality about something so divisive.