‘Amnesty International is facing upheaval and mass resignations after it decided last month to advocate that abortion be decriminalised worldwide.
Many Christians, especially Catholics, are expected to resign and may establish an alternative human rights organisation.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference is considering its response, but a senior Catholic said yesterday he thought “a parting of the ways” was inevitable. Amnesty estimates that 500 Catholic schools in Australia have member groups, as do other Christian schools.
Amnesty’s international executive adopted the policy last month as part of its campaign to curb violence against women. Widney Brown, Amnesty’s international director of policy, said yesterday the policy called for decriminalisation of abortion and access to secure abortions for pregnancies resulting from sexual violence, or that risk the mother’s life or health.’