25.02.2015: PLC strongly critical of Amnesty International Report

25.02.2015: PLC strongly critical of Amnesty International Report


The Pro Life Campaign has issued a statement today strongly critical of Amnesty International’s report which denounces Ireland’s abortion laws for not being permissive enough.

Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign said:

“The abortion legislation introduced in Ireland in 2013 permits abortion throughout the full nine months of pregnancy on a threat of suicide, despite the fact that two sets of Oireachtas hearings showed that abortion is not a treatment for suicidality. Instead of criticising the law for not being permissive enough,  Amnesty should be drawing attention to the fact that it allows the destruction of unborn human lives based on no medical evidence.”

“Amnesty International was once an organisation that you could depend on to defend  human rights.  However, it has now become a body that openly campaigns for abortion while steadfastly ignoring the human rights abuses that happen in other countries with permissive abortion regimes.  For example Amnesty has never once condemned horrific practices that routinely happen in countries like Britain where  babies born alive after abortion have simply been left to die.”*

“If Amnesty was truly dedicated to human rights, they would be calling for the repeal of Ireland’s abortion law and not seeking to introduce even more abortion in Ireland.”


* Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health. Perinatal Mortality 2005: England, Wales and Northern Ireland. CEMACH: London; 2007