Mother­less gen­er­a­tion

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

“Churches and char­i­ties, fam­i­lies, med­i­cal staff and bu­reau­crats struck at the most pri­mal and sa­cred bond there is: the bond be­tween a mother and her baby.’’ Those were the no­ble words of Ju­lia Gil­lard in 2013, giv­ing the na­tional apol­ogy for forced adop­tion of ba­bies from their teenage moth­ers.

It ap­pears each gen­er­a­tion in­vents its own in­jus­tice against chil­dren (Cut & Paste, 12/10) be­cause just four years later we are be­ing asked to ap­prove a new pol­icy that will break that “pri­mal and sa­cred bond” all over again. For if we in­sti­tute the mar­riage of two men, we are in­sti­tut­ing mother­less fam­i­lies. We are declar­ing that fu­ture chil­dren do not need a mother. We are leg­is­lat­ing to en­sure they will not have a mother.

Who would be the fu­ture prime min­ster to give our heart­felt apol­ogy to the mother­less gen­er­a­tion? David van Gend, Toowoomba, Qld

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