U.S. Bishops Press Amnesty International

WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 22, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. bishops’ conference appealed again to Amnesty International to reject a proposal to abandon its neutral stance on abortion for a policy that would promote abortion as a human right.

Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman of the Pro-Life Activities Secretariat of the USCCB, reiterated the request Monday, during a press conference held on Capitol Hill with Republican U.S. Representative Chris Smith and Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life.

Bishop William Skylstad, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, made the first appeal on Sept. 15 in a letter to Amnesty International.

McQuade said during the press conference: “The right to life itself is fundamental. It is the prior condition of all the other human rights and its integrity depends on its being recognized by every member of the human family regardless of race, age, gender, condition or state of development.

“If Amnesty International were to affirm abortion as a human right, it would create inevitably a divergence with its Catholic members and would alienate many other people and organizations for whom the right to life is fundamental in the struggle for justice.”

The Catholic bishops’ conference of England and Wales also had made a similar appeal to Amnesty International.