June 18th 2005


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COVER STORY: OPINION: The European Union - charting the future

EDITORIAL: New industrial law needs amendment

FINANCE: Leading banker calls for Development Bank

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kim Beazley's tactics backfire

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: New law to deny patients life-saving treatment

QUARANTINE: Pork industry wins major court victory

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Behind the defection of a Chinese diplomat

DEFENCE: Australia ill-prepared for new threats

FAMILY: Is Australia facing a new baby boom?

OPINION: Bioethics and the biblical worldview

ENVIRONMENT: Debunking myths about the Great Barrier Reef

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Disillusioned Europeans / Can the Euro last? / Some more unintended consequences for the Greens / Not another oil-for-food scam? / The Year of the Octopus

Democracy vs. the courts (letter)

Destroying lives to benefit others (letter)

Informed consent (letter)

Washington's "Deep Throat" a hero? (letter)

BOOKS: C.S. Lewis for the New Millennium, by Peter Kreeft

BOOKS: Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary / The Bonfire of Berlin

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Informed consent (letter)


by Dr Luke McLindon

News Weekly, June 18, 2005
Sir,

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates agree - the abortion rate in Australia is too high.

At the most basic level, it is a horrible injustice and gross inequality, that women are subjected to "the most common surgical procedure in Australia" (to quote the PreTerm Foundation website) with its consequent surgical and anaesthetic risks.

But what of the other costs involved?

While we should respect those who hold firm to their convictions, what of the vast majority who do not know, or do not care, what to think?

Most Australians do not have adequate information to make any sort of considered decision.

The research is in: the costs are high. Australians have the right to be informed.

Dr Luke McLindon
Brisbane, Qld.




























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