46 days to go…Mass appeal….How much of Amnesty International Ireland’s money goes on abortion promotion at home and abroad?

Just 46  days to go:
to Ireland’s referendum on abortion on May 25th when voters decide whether to repeal / remove the pro-life 8th amendment to the constitution which gives equal protection to mother and child, or to keep it.
THIS POST IS IN THREE PARTS:
(1): BACKGROUND TO THE PRO-LIFE CRISIS IN IRELAND:(2): SR BRIEGE MCKENNA’S MASS APPEAL: FOR THE 8TH:(3): TODAY’S POST:Almost half of Amnesty International Ireland’s campaign money went on abortion promotion in 2016. 

International Planned Parenthood: 

the umbrella body for abortion providers worldwide, seeks through its affiliates here, to introduce an extremely liberal abortion regime to Ireland. The Irish government is campaigning for a no questions asked unrestricted medical abortion regime to 12 weeks. Until recently, they proposed abortions with no upper limits i.e. to birth on mental / physical risk grounds with a two doctor model approach similar to the U.K. (the U.K. mental health risk ground has been responsible for 98% of almost 9 million UK social abortions to date and the two doctor UK model has been dispensed with long ago, with most abortions signed off on by doctors who do not see the woman until in theatre: please see our previous posts on this).

Down syndrome exemption?

The Irish government say babies are diagnosed with Down’s syndrome after 12 weeks. Therefore they will escape the unrestricted abortion limit to 12 weeks. The government also says they will be exempt from mid-trimester abortions as no ground for abortion of non-fatal disabililties will be permitted. Mid-trimester abortions will otherwise be permissible on mental / physical health risk grounds by two nominated doctors. However in Germany, there is equally no ground for abortion of Down’s babies, yet 9/10 Down’s babies are aborted under the mental health risk ground. The absence of a ground is meaningless without a ban while the mental health risk ground exists.

Last trimester Ban or is it?

Because of a recent drop in support in opinion polls, the Irish government cynically dropped the ‘no upper limit’ ……ahem….limit and now propose a ban on abortions above 24 weeks of pregnancy / viability. Exceptions to the new limit proposed include serious maternal life and health risks and fetal life limiting conditions, where babies may be still be aborted to birth. How ‘serious’ will be defined as opposed to mental and physical health risks for mid-trimester abortions is unclear but reassurances are given that babies will not be left to die.

Zero legal protection:

In any case if the 8th amendment goes / is repealed, there remains zero legal protection for the Irish unborn to birth following a recent Irish supreme court decision that stripped any remaining rights other than the right to life enshrined in the 8th. Recent attempts by the Irish government’s 2nd in command, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, to prevent further liberalisation of current government proposals including a possible reversion to the original ‘no upper limit’ scenario, failed miserably in the Irish parliament or ‘Dáil’ this past week on the grounds of being unconstitutional. Thus the door will be left wide open to this or future governments acting as they will. Having said that, a constitutional lawyer here has intimated that the total lack of constitutional protection to birth without the 8th in place, might permit a situation to unfold where any limitations in place could be challenged with nothing to underpin them.

A thorn in the side for years:

International planned parenthood’s juggernaut, has targeted Ireland’s pro-life laws for many years describing the 8th amendment as the ‘jewel in the crown’ for the pro-life movement in general. This targeting despite Ireland having one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world without abortion.

Money is involved at many levels. Consider the revenue of Planned Parenthood America in 2016 which was 1.4 billion US dollars alone. Consider a recent post on major abortion provider Marie Stopes U.K.’s bonus driven culture; (calling back women who’d already refused abortions to offer later appointments as a sales target) and consider yesterday’s post on the flooding of Irish pro-abortion organisations such as Amnesty International Ireland with foreign funds from George Soros amongst others, accepted and kept illegally. With a view to not only repealing the 8th amendment, but to specifically  target any remaining countries with restrictive abortion laws including Poland and Malta….

(2): SR BRIEGE MCKENNA’S MASS APPEAL:

REPARATION FOR IRELAND AND TO KEEP THE PRO-LIFE 8TH AMENDMENT.

Everyday, we promote Sr. Briege McKenna’s appeal for Masses to be said privately or publicly in parishes in reparation for Ireland’s turning from God and for protection of the 8th amendment. There is nothing greater than the Mass. (Sr. Briege has a worldwide apostolate of intercession for priests and healing ministry). In August last year in the Marian shrine, Knock, Ireland, she said, ‘if Ireland votes for abortion, Ireland is lost.’

Can you, with other parishioners organise one or more Masses / half-days / days of prayer with medically safe fasting in your parish between now and May 25th? 

Please let us know about your parish event or if you are going to have a  Mass said privately by emailing us at: massandfastforireland@gmail.com or go to our website: http://www.massandfastforireland.com/contact

Please consider getting Masses said locally where ever you are or through the following:

(a):  Aide to the Church in Need (Ireland): A.C.N. is an international organisation that helps the mission of the Church in some of the poorest and most dangerous places in the world……http://www.acnireland.org/masses or call 018377516 (0035318377516)

(b): Human Life International Ireland, a pro-life and family, catholic organisation, have a 1000 Mass campaign for protection of the unborn and reparation for Ireland’s turning from God…https://humanlife.ie/1000masses/community/add

 

(3): TODAY’S POST:

Almost half of Amnesty International Ireland’s campaign money went on abortion promotion in 2016 with just 6% going on abolition of the death penalty and 15% on stopping torture. 

Amnesty International’s spend in 2016 on abortion topped any other human rights work according an article in ‘The Sun’  October  2017 at nearly 50% of the total campaign funding.
 
Based on the figures in the article, a total of 600,214 euros was spent by Amnesty International Ireland on various campaigns in 2016. (A separate donation of 124,817 was made to the International movement of Amnesty International. The latter in turn have focused attention on Ireland’s abortion laws as part of their global campaigning).
275, 463 euros, or 46% of the total campaign funds was spent on abortion promotion while ‘Stop Torture’, Amnesty International’s traditional area of activism, accounted for just 89,370 euros or 15% of the total.
Another traditional focal point for Amnesty: advocating for an end to the death penalty / those condemned to executions, accounted for 34,983 euros or just 6% of the total.
Colm O Gorman’s salary is 111,000 euros. A motion in 2014 to reduce his salary by two activists from ‘People Before Profit’  to the industrial wage of 35,000 euros received zero support at a vote of the membership.  It has been under his stewardship that the preferential diversion of funding to repealing the 8th has really taken off.
While his salary is relatively modest compared to other directorships, has not his promotion of abortion rights and repeal of the 8th amendment, been at the relative expense of assisting victims of torture and those condemned to death?
Irrespective of his or others definition of the treatment of women who had babies aborted abroad with life limiting conditions as torture?
He is in no way confining his campaigning to life limiting conditions or the ‘hard cases’ either.
What will Amnesty International Ireland’s spend on abortion in 2017 turn out to be?
‘Abortion is Amnesty International’s top campaign priority in Ireland – as charity spent €275k on the issue last year’

Amnesty’s call for a ‘human rights compliant abortion law’ cost €160,687 during the second half of 2016 and a further €114,776 went on a ‘My Body, My Rights’ crusade.

The human rights charity spent €275,463 on the issue last year, far more than any of its other drives.

Responding to an inquiry by the Irish Sun, it revealed its call for a “human rights compliant abortion law” cost €160,687 during the second half of 2016.

And a further €114,776 went on a ‘My Body, My Rights’ crusade, which focused on reproductive rights concerns in Ireland, Nepal, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Abortion accounted for almost half of the campaign’s war chest overseen by Amnesty’s Ireland chief Colm O’Gorman. A statement from him yesterday read: “Women and girls have a human right to have access to safe and legal abortion services.

“For anyone opposed to women being granted this right, I can understand why they are not happy that we campaign on this issue. However, it is the gravity of human rights violations that determines Amnesty International’s position.”

A reply to the Irish Sun also reveals spends of €89,370 on Stop Torture, €55,537 on Anti-Discrimination, €34,983 on Abolition of the Death Penalty and €59,074 on Individuals At Risk including prisoners of conscience such as Ibrahim Halawa.

Their other outlays included €26,766 on Crisis Response, such as the situation in Myammar, and €59,021 on the Inter-governmental organisations and human rights in Ireland.

Another €124,817 went on their contribution to Amnesty’s International Movement.

https://www.thesun.ie/news/1630446/abortion-is-amnesty-internationals-top-campaign-priority-in-ireland-as-charity-spent-e275k-on-the-issue-last-year/

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/amnesty-members-vote-to-maintain-colm-o-gorman-salary-1.1760582

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