March 3rd 2007


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CANBERRA OBSERVED: John Howard's election year dilemma

EDITORIAL: Climate change: time for a reality check

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Water and ethanol - time to think big

WATER: Who will stand up for states' rights?

RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM: Sabotage and piracy on the high seas

CHINA: 'Bloody Harvest' - organ-harvesting latest

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Ecclesiastical charades / Rudd's credibility / Victoria's new Second Chamber / Putin's way

SPECIAL FEATURE: New light on Bob Santamaria

EUTHANASIA: Male suicide rise linked to euthanasia debate

OPINION: Dangers of a 'same-sex' register

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: South Korean-US relations under strain

OPINION: Climate change - hot air, big bucks, cold facts

Truth not always a defence (letter)

How Rudd could beat Coalition (letter)

The bushfire crisis (letter)

U.S. Presidential candidates (letter)

Government subsidies and health hazards (letter)

OBITUARY: Vale Charles Coffey (1906-2007)

CINEMA: Heart-warming rags-to-riches story - The Pursuit of Happyness

BOOKS: DUMBING DOWN, by Kevin Donnelly

BOOKS: DOWN TO THIS: A Year Living with the Homeless

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Government subsidies and health hazards (letter)


by Robert Bom

News Weekly, March 3, 2007
Sir,

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,
Rockhampton, Qld




























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