November 20th 2004


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EDITORIAL: George W. Bush's new direction

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Latham in denial over election loss

EDUCATION: Dr Nelson's new inquiry into school literacy

ESPIONAGE: Did a Soviet spy penetrate ASIO?

SECRET SERVICE: Lest we forget - a life in the shadows

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Old Moore's Almanac / Twilight of the false gods / Abortions, holocausts, and death-wishes

OPINION: Memo, Mark Latham: It's the family, stupid!

ABORTION: Speaking up for the unborn

CLIMATE: Global warming bombshell - hockey-stick plot used modified data

Why we must decentralise now (letter)

Errors about AQIS (letter)

Iraq war (letter)

Bush's Iraq war 'unlawful and immoral' (letter)

US Elections and abortion (letter)

No mandate for Howard Government (letter)

Left's hypocrisy (letter)

Standing for the DLP (letter)

BOOKS: HOW TO KILL A COUNTRY: Australia's Devastating Trade Deal with the United States

BOOKS: GETTING ON TRACK: A Business Plan for Australia

BOOKS: THE PYJAMA GIRL MYSTERY, by Richard Evans

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Elections and abortion (letter)


by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, November 20, 2004
Sir,

President George W. Bush's decisive win in the US election did not surprise me. I do not speak with the advantage of hindsight - I can prove it.

In the Catholic Leader's letters' page on the April 25, 2004, I wrote that "Catholic" Kerry would have trouble defeating born-again Christian George W. Bush, particularly among practising Catholics throughout America and among devout Protestants in the Bible Belt in the south and mid-west.

In one of the debates, Kerry, in response to a question on abortion, replied "I am a Catholic and am personally opposed to abortion, but I do not believe I should legislate my point of view on other people".

People are not stupid and they remembered that he voted six times against a ban on partial-birth abortions (from three months' gestation).

There were numerous other examples of his 50-cents-each-way approach. Consequently, voters thought as I do, that if Mr Flip-Flop Kerry came to a fork in the road, he'd take it.

Frank Bellet
Petrie, Qld




























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