The article that caused a huge public outcry on both sides of the abortion issue in Australia.
November 10, 2004
The abortion debate provokes mixed feelings, but leaving late-term babies to die in dishes or bins is wrong. Silence is no longer an option.
THIS country has a bad conscience about abortion. You can tell this by the frantic attempts to make us shut the hell up about it. Health Minister Tony Abbott, who mourned the "unambiguous moral tragedy" of up to 100,000 abortions a year, has been warned by rivals in the Liberal Party this "foray into morality politics" has ruined his chance of ever becoming leader.
Even his boss apparently wants him to keep quiet.
Now Governor-General Michael Jeffery, who on the weekend merely said he wished there were many fewer abortions, is being damned by some of the usual commentators for allegedly meddling in politics.
His comment "doesn't augur well", warned Labor Senator Jan McLucas.
On Sunday, "pro-choice" Labor spokespeople such as Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd were alarmed enough by the fresh headlines to tell the Government to put up a new law or shut up -- with an emphasis on the latter.
"Do we need to have another debate on abortion?" sighed the exasperated Age on Monday, while Labor Premier Steve Bracks said having this debate now "lacks legitimacy", whatever that means.
Earlier, Australian Medical Association boss Bill Glasson berated the ABC for simply showing My Foetus, a frank documentary on abortion which he damned as "unnecessary" and "voyeurism at its worst".
Why this absurd fear of mere talk? Why, too, all these red herrings: that there is "no obvious groundswell of concern about abortions", or that people such as Abbott actually plan to ban abortions completely, or that only die-hard Catholic men are pushing the issue?
Why? Because we are too scared to face up to the horrors now perpetrated in the abortion clinics, such as the abortion of babies expelled alive, or killed in the womb just weeks from birth.
Read the entire article on the Herald Sun website.