Natasha Stott Despoja a trail-blazer? (letter)by Denise M. CameronNews Weekly
, July 19, 2008
According to her valedictory speech, the happiest time in departing Australian Democrats Senator Natasha Stott Despoja's parliamentary career was when she worked to legalise the abortion drug RU486, stymie voluntary pregnancy counselling services, allow embryonic stem-cell research and lobby for funding of overseas abortions.
Perhaps she should tell that to Llywela Jones the grieving mother of 18-year-old Manon Jones, the 14th woman to die from RU486.
She might tell that to Western Australia's parliamentarians who recently turned the tide on a science that is unethical and unnecessary. They understood the world of stem-cell science has so radically changed since she voted for cloning that there is no longer any compelling argument for it and this blighted science can be left to wither on the vine.
She might tell that to the selfless volunteer pregnancy counsellors whose services she so vindictively tried to destroy, because they refused to suggest death for the babies whose mothers they counsel.
She might try telling the mothers of East Timor that the best Australia can do for them is to pay doctors to abort their babies.
She should try telling the four surviving children of Dame Enid Lyons that she (Natasha Stott Despoja) considers herself the trail-blazer. Their mother was the first woman elected to federal parliament - after she had had 12 children.Denise M. Cameron,
President, Pro Life Victoria,