September 19th 2009

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: 'Level playing-field' crushes Australian farmers

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Back to basics in the marriage debate

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Assessing Rudd's stimulus package

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Rio Tinto, China and Australia's national interest

EDITORIAL: California wildfires caused by lack of hazard reduction

WATER: Water policy threatens Australia's food security

ILLICIT DRUGS: Kings Cross safe injecting rooms fail to reduce drug overdose deaths

QUEENSLAND: Bligh Government amends abortion laws

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Ireland follows Iceland in financial meltdown

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Japan's new PM rejects 'market fundamentalism'

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: The debasement of higher education

EDUCATION: Seeking a better deal for rural and regional students

OPINION: 1945 Allied repatriations a crime against humanity

NCC Fighting Fund appeal (letter)

Senator Ted Kennedy (letter)

Abortions are never justified (letter)

World War II (letter)

CINEMA: Revealing insight into Rebiya Kadeer - The 10 Conditions of Love


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Senator Ted Kennedy (letter)

by Denise M. Cameron

News Weekly, September 19, 2009

I wonder if any obituary written about the late US Senator Ted Kennedy will include the following words written by him in 1971?

"While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalisation of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilisation places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognised - the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old.

"On the question of the individual's freedom of choice there are easily available birth control methods and information which women may employ to prevent or postpone pregnancy. But once life has begun, no matter at what stage of growth, it is my belief that termination should not be decided merely by desire.

"When history looks back to this era it should recognise this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfil its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception."

Probably not. Ted Kennedy lacked the courage of his convictions and, sadly for him, history will look back at this era and recognise that he didn't care enough about human beings to take responsibility for children from the very moment of conception.

Denise M. Cameron,
President, Pro-Life Victoria,
Deepdene, Vic.

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