March 12th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: The media elites versus the public

CANBERRA OBSERVED: American-style workplace relations for Australia?

SCHOOLS: Teacher training at the mercy of politics

HUMAN CLONING: UN victory's implications for Australia

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Gallop Labor Government returned to power

EDITORIAL: Debt tsunami moves closer

AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY: The economy that will confront the next generation

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Reserve Bank governor defends his record

ENERGY: Ethanol - Australia being left behind

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Visas for sale / Kyoto hot air convention / Europe, China and the US-Japan alliance / Edge of the abyss

ASIA: Japan, India and China - new strategic alliance?

VIETNAM: Hanoi's abysmal human rights record

A response to Babette Francis (letter)

Turkish massacre of the Armenians (letter)

Putin - can a leopard change his spots? (letter)

Abortion's hidden wounds (letter)

BOOKS: MICHAEL MOORE is a Big Fat Stupid White Man

BOOKS: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Putting Every Household at Risk

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Abortion's hidden wounds (letter)

by Dr David van Gend

News Weekly, March 12, 2005

Adoption remains the bravest and best alternative to abortion. It enables a mother who has not seen her son for the 27 years since birth to exclaim, "I deserve a medal - you're gorgeous! The universe is a better place for having you!" It enables the son's first words to his unknown father, Tony Abbott, to be "Thanks for having me."

For a mother in particular, adoption is painful, but it is life-giving pain, not the pain of death. The child lives on. If adoption leaves a wound, it is an honourable wound that can heal, not a dirty wound that festers cruelly. The mother of an aborted child can never tell him, "You're gorgeous." The father will never hear his boy say thanks.

The greatest suffering I see is in the gentlest mother, often pressured into abortion, who wakes in the night for years hearing her lost child cry, or puts flowers on another child's grave because there is no place to mark her own. Out of compassion for these mothers - let alone their babies who never get a chance to make the universe a better place - we must focus on life-giving alternatives to abortion.

(Dr) David van Gend,
Toowoomba, Qld

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