November 19th 2005

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Terrorism: Australia's moment of truth

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Voters suspicious about workplace reforms

INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Canberra fails to defend Australia's trade interests

PRIMARY PRODUCTION: Brazil, Argentina threat to Australian exports

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Icarus and I / Drugs and getting on with our neighbours / France's Muslims - and ours / Varieties of bribery and corruption

SCHOOLS: Doing without grammar, punctuation and spelling

MEDICAL SCIENCE: Embryo stem-cell research - hype and hope

ECONOMICS: Sun still rising - Japan's invincible might

UNITED STATES: Court assault on parental rights

THE HOLOCAUST: 'Auschwitz' and Górecki: reflections on evil and hope

RU-486 a recipe for nightmares (letter)

Saddam and the Australian Wheat Board (letter)

Labor Party's morass (letter)

BOOKS: THE TYRANNICIDE BRIEF: The Story of the Man who sent Charles I to the Scaffold, by Geoffrey Robertson

THE COST OF 'CHOICE': Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion, edited by Erika Bachiochi

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a recipe for nightmares (letter)

by Dr David van Gend

News Weekly, November 19, 2005

Dr Caroline De Costa claims that chemical abortion with RU486 "contributes hugely to ameliorating a psychologically traumatic process". I would say it only makes the psychological trauma of abortion worse.

With standard surgical abortion the mother need never see the baby; she can be asleep at the time. But with RU486 the woman will be vividly aware of the whole abortion process, swallowing the poison herself, acting out a mockery of labour where every spasm speaks of death not life, and wide awake at the time of delivery of a dead baby. Surely this is a recipe for nightmares.

Why are we so pitiless that we promote this soul-destroying pill as if, in Liberal MP Sharman Stone's words, it was "beneficial to thousands of women and girls"?

There is something sick with our culture when a woman uses the parliament to promote abortifacient poisons that were once - like rue and tansy - the province of brothel madams and medieval hags.

RU486, should any Federal Health Minister give approval for its importation, would be part of this social sickness, not part of the cure.

Dr David van Gend,
Mackenzie House Medical Centre,
Toowoomba, Qld.

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