There are quite a few very nasty examples of corporate bullying about at the moment, but I think this takes the prize.
Catholic schools have been urged to withdraw their support from Amnesty International, after the human rights group changed its neutral stance on abortion.
The director of the Catholic Education Office, Stephen Elder, yesterday wrote to principals at all 328 Catholic schools in the Melbourne archdiocese, advising them to cut their longstanding ties with the organisation.
The letter called on schools to “convey their disappointment” to the organisation, after the human rights group decided earlier this year to ditch its long-held neutral stance on reproductive rights and lobby governments to decriminalise abortion.”
As many people have pointed out before me, when it comes to taking away lives, it’s hard to beat these pro-lifers. In some areas, an abortion is forbidden even for an ectopic pregnancy, which, as you’ll know, usually means the death of the mother. Catholic doctrine on abortion kills women, full stop.
We’re not even talking about universal abortion rights, which, as everybody knows, would lead to Girls gone Wild having abortion parties just for the hell of it.
The group will now campaign for the abortion rights of women who have become pregnant through rape or incest.
…One impetus for the change is the fact that rape is now acknowledged as a widely-used weapon of war in many of the countries where Amnesty operates.
It’s only possible to take the Vatican’s line on abortion if you privilege an unborn foetus over a real, live, breathing woman. The fact that many already-born women and girls are condemned to death by this doesn’t seem to worry the likes of Stephen Elder. It’s made even crazier by the fact that the Catholic religion forbids contraception, as well. Pregnancy as a punishment for sexual activity.
What a miserable, bullying attempt to pull the Catholic school system into line. And let’s hear it for maintaining our free and secular public system.
Crossposted at Road to Surfdom