September 19th 2009

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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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Abortions are never justified (letter)

by Damian Wyld

News Weekly, September 19, 2009

With new chapters in the abortion saga opening up, I am pleased to see reports from Queensland.

I was troubled, though, to read Dr David van Gend's take on the issue ("GP protests: we are doctors, not baby-killers", News Weekly, September 5, 2009).

His comment that "[doctors] need legal scrutiny to keep them honest, to ensure any abortion they perform is morally and medically justified" poses a question: when is an abortion morally or medically justified? The answer is simple - never.

Dr van Gend's references to "criminal limits on abortion" and the risk of doctors degenerating "into mere commercial killers" similarly imply that some abortions are warranted.

When we are willing to admit that some abortions may be justified, we open a very dangerous door. All that remains is to debate the permissible circumstances.

The sanctity of life is absolute and while we may, at times, be compelled to political pragmatism, we must never practise moral pragmatism.

Damian Wyld,
SA State President,
National Civic Council,
Frewville, SA

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