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Scottish cardinal resigns from Amnesty International over abortion

Scottish cardinal resigns from Amnesty International over abortion

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, announced Tuesday that he is resigning his membership in Amnesty International because of its support for abortion.
The human rights group earlier this year decided to support access to abortion in cases of rape, incest, abuse or health risks to the mother. The policy was affirmed this month by Amnesty's International Council at its meeting in Mexico.
"The recent decision by the International Council of Amnesty International to support the decriminalization of abortion and to defend women's access to abortion has forced me to reconsider my membership of this noble organization," O'Brien said in a letter to the organization.
"As a matter of conscience and with great sadness I have decided to resign from Amnesty International having first joined as a student and supported it over many decades."
Last week, an English Catholic bishop, Michael Evans, resigned after more than three decades as a member.


Updated : 2021-03-02 00:33 GMT+08:00