Why the silence over abortion? (letter)by Dr. A.W. HartwigNews Weekly
, July 16, 2005
It cannot be over-emphasised or stated too frequently that, as Babette Francis wrote, "Making abortion legal or illegal has never, historically, made the slightest difference to the safety of women" (News Weekly
, July 2, 2005.)
No dangerous activity has ever become less dangerous because it has been legalised.
Like Babette, I too wonder "why feminists with real power" - otherwise obviously intelligent women - are among those objecting to the airing of the abortion issue.
Is it conscience which drives the pro-abortion lobby?
Experience indicates that those who break the moral code, and especially those who commit evil, are troubled by pangs of conscience. Such troubled people have only two alternatives: either they can conform their actions to the moral code (whatever it may be) or conform the moral code to their actions.
The former calls for repentance; the latter leads to rationalisation, ideology and, ultimately, a social activism in which those who feel guilty unite and try, through political means, to make wrong right.
For those unable to accommodate either course, there remain analgesics of varying types and of varying potency.
So, is a guilty conscience contributing to the drug dependency of many Australians or to the high incidence of suicide in 21st-century Australia?
Are we honest enough and courageous enough to find out?Dr. A.W. Hartwig,