Government subsidies and health hazards (letter)by Robert BomNews Weekly
, March 3, 2007
Discouragement and restrictions on smoking are placed on us regularly, and rightly so. Governments are not afraid to clamp down on this personal habit.
When it comes to abortion, a number of our politicians become quite defensive. They use comforting words, such as personal choice, individual rights and conscience votes.
Taxpayers even have to support unrestricted abortions with the medical and social subsidies that apply. There are no subsidies to encourage smoking. Statistically, the unfettered use of abortions in Australia could possibly top the list of health hazards for women and the population generally.
Governments could consider introducing similar types of warning notices and advertising for abortion as that applies to smoking.
Consideration could be given for mandatory warning notices about the dangers of abortion to be placed in clinics and on application forms for terminations of pregnancies.
Women want, and deserve to be told, the truth about the long-term effect of their decisions.Robert Bom,