How to tackle abortion and pornography (letter)by David PerrinNews Weekly
, May 7, 2005
has recently highlighted the critical problems of abortion and pornography.
Reducing the rate of abortion in Australia will not be achieved until the culture of acceptance of abortion by the majority of Australians is addressed. This culture accepts the proposition that "abortion is acceptable for others even though I would not do it myself". Even religiously-inclined Australians accept this culture.
No politician is going to change the culture while the majority view accepts abortion. This is the major difference between the abortion debate and the debate on marriage. Therefore our first task is to change the pro-abortion culture before we will have any effect on reducing abortion.
With regard to pornography, federal law explicitly states that "an adult can read and watch anything
they like". While this principle is slightly modified by the law on child pornography in the federal act, it is the key to all
Unless the federal law is amended to remove this principle, then arguments about classification, board decisions or board composition are futile. Our federal politicians must see the absurdity of this principle and remove it from the law.David Perrin,
Australian Family Association,
North Melbourne, Vic.