AI will not advocate "abortion on demand," nor do we counsel individuals as to what choice they should make on abortion. We take no position as to whether abortion is right or wrong, nor on its legalization generally. Instead our position is focused on three areas of concern: opposition to imprisonment or other criminal sanctions for women or providers of abortion; support for medical treatment for women who suffer complications from unsafe abortions, and within reasonable gestational limits, support for women who seek abortion in cases of rape, incest or to preserve her life or when pregnancy poses a grave risk to her health.
Under this policy, AI will, as it always does, research and act on the most grave human rights cases. Nevertheless, AI continues to fervently oppose forced abortion, coerced sterilization, honor killings, human trafficking and other human rights abuses against women. We oppose, too, the coercion, isolation, and abuse that many women who have suffered violence face. And, we believe that those women who have survived rape, incest, or who face grave risk to their health or lives due to pregnancy should not be judged for their choices; within reasonable gestational limits and without force or coercion, they must be free to determine whether to continue the pregnancy.
This policy is consistent with our mission as a worldwide, secular and democratic movement defending and promoting universal human rights.
51 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made a very angry phone call.