Catholic Church Denounces Amnesty's Support of Limited Abortion Rights
Catholic leaders have denounced Amnesty International following the organization's adoption of a new policy in support of limited abortion rights. Founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a British Catholic convert, Amnesty had previously remained neutral on abortion. The new policy, which was a product of two years of deliberation and member input, supports abortion rights in cases of sexual violence or when a woman's life is in danger. Amnesty's new policy was motivated by the use of mass rape as a weapon of war as in Darfur and other conflicts.
Condemning the new policy, Michael Evans, a senior Catholic bishop in Britain and a 31-year member of Amnesty, "urged all Catholics to stop donating" to the group, reported BBC News. In a Vatican statement, Cardinal Renato Martino said that the Vatican would no longer provide funding for Amnesty, even though Amnesty's Deputy General Secretary Kate Gilmore stated that the group has "not accepted funds from the Vatican and [does] not accept funds from any state in support of [their] work against human rights violations." funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
In response to the statements by Catholic leaders, Gilmore further stated, "Our policy reflects our obligation of solidarity as a human rights movement with, for example, the rape survivor in Darfur who, because she is left pregnant as a result of the enemy, is further ostracized by her community. Ours is a movement dedicated to upholding human rights, not specific theologies. Our purpose invokes the law and the state, not God," the Independent reports.
Media Resources: Reuters 8/21/07; The Independent 8/13/07; The Guardian (UK) 8/10/07; BBC News 6/24/07; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/11/07, 3/29/07
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .