Abor­tion Bill will erode pro­tec­tion

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

I RE­FER to Dr Tim Coyle’s com­ments and his ob­ser­va­tion that the pro­posed abor­tion Bill re­moves pro­tec­tion for the un­born (Let­ters, Oct 9).

His­tor­i­cally, we have up­held the pro­tec­tion of the weak and vul­ner­a­ble as a pri­or­ity and a ba­sic tenet.

What is pro­posed in this Bill could be clas­si­fied as a de­con­struc­tion of so­ci­ety, as we have known it, be­cause it would erode what we have col­lec­tively re­garded and held as the com­mon good. Kath­leen Cos­grove, The Gap

SUP­PORT­ERS of the abor­tion Bill claim preg­nancy is a health is­sue.

Preg­nancy is not a health is­sue. It is only when com­pli­ca­tions arise that it be­comes so.

The law, as its stands, al­lows for abor­tions when such com­pli­ca­tions arise.

There are al­ready about 14,000 abor­tions in Queens­land each year.

There­fore, it is ob­vi­ous that the pro­posed law is purely for so­cial rea­sons

If this Bill is suc­cess­ful, it will make a sham of the ar­gu­ment that two doc­tors have to give their ap­proval. The sec­ond doc­tor (who can also be an abor­tion­ist) does not have to see the woman or even read her file.

I feel this Bill is not only bru­tal to the child, but not com­pas­sion­ate to­wards the mother, of­fer­ing her no coun­selling as to other op­tions. Pa­tri­cia Keight­ley, Scar­bor­ough

I WAS a pro-choice fem­i­nist peace and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist when I be­came preg­nant with my first child.

Then I felt her move­ments. I couldn’t start her mov­ing so her dad could feel her and I couldn’t stop her mov­ing so I could sleep.

I re­alised then that she wasn’t me. And be­cause she wasn’t me, she had her own set of rights apart from me.

I was cat­a­pulted into the pro-life fem­i­nist move­ment by this, and now see abor­tion as an at­tack on women as well as their un­born chil­dren. It is un­be­liev­able that we of­fer a woman in cri­sis this op­tion.

Women are think­ing, feel­ing, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual peo­ple. De­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion will only open the flood­gates more, in­stead of pro­tect­ing the rights of all in­volved, and re­spect­ing their hu­man­ity and dig­nity. Anne Rampa, Ocean View

POPE Fran­cis com­pares abor­tion to hir­ing a hit­man to elim­i­nate an en­emy ( C-M, Oct 12).

Surely there are some dif­fer­ences be­tween doc­tors and ma­chine­gun-wield­ing as­sas­sins? Is it pos­si­ble the Pope is con­fus­ing the Ital­ian mafia with abor­tion­ists? Crispin Wal­ters, Chapel Hill

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