||[Mar. 23rd, 2004|04:05 pm]
Posted to snazzyfeminism|
At a recent address to Adelaide University's Democratic Club, Federal Health Minister Tony Abbot made several remarks regarding abortion. After stating that Australia's 100,000 abortions each year were a clear measure of our 'moral health' he then went on to question the relationships of the Australian people. He used age-old idea that teenagers were solely to blame, and urged greater education concerning the risks of premarital sex. Statistics show that of the 100,000 abortions, most are sought by those in their twenties. Continuing along this vein to the need for people (obviously meaning teenagers, once again) to understand the consequences behind their actions, he went on to declare abortion the 'easy way out'.
To sum up this rousing speech it appears the Federal Health Minister considers abortion the 'easy way out' when, during his teenage years, he put a son up for adoption. Is he comparing abortion to passing up a child for adoption? Did he find the paperwork tiresome?
What it boils down to is a serious message that an unplanned pregnancy is the woman's sole responsiblity, which is an outdated, insulting idea. The Liberal Party is claiming that his comments were made as an individual and that he does not speak for the party in this matter.
Debate/Discussion: Should the Liberal Party be allowed to keep a no-stance position on abortion even with Abbot's fierce anti-abortion stance? Is there a conflict of interest considering his position as Health Minister?