Radio Host Abor­tion Question to Premier ‘Not OK’, says Payne

Fiji Sun - - Aust / Nz News -

Aque­s­tion from a Syd­ney radio host to New South Wales Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian on whether she would have an abor­tion has been crit­i­cised as in­ap­pro­pri­ate by Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Women Marise Payne. On Fri­day, 2GB host Ben Ford­ham in­ter­viewed Ms Bere­jik­lian about the bill to de­crim­i­nalise abor­tion that is be­fore the state’s par­lia­ment. The Premier has faced ac­cu­sa­tions she has tried to rush the bill through Par­lia­ment, with mem­bers of her own gov­ern­ment scathing in their as­sess­ment of how she has han­dled the sit­u­a­tion. Dur­ing the interview, Mr Ford­ham asked Ms Bere­jik­lian whether she would ever con­sider hav­ing an abor­tion.

“I can’t speak for what cir­cum­stances I’d be faced with,” she replied.

“I don’t want to make peo­ple feel guilty who have had to go down that path.

“I’m not some­one who’d be com­fort­able go­ing through that process, but that’s just me, I can’t speak for other women.”

The interview has an­gered fel­low New South Wales politician­s, in­clud­ing Se­na­tor Payne.

“I don’t think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate to ask any­one pub­licly, male or fe­male,

about sen­si­tive health ques­tions like that and it’s not OK,” she told the ABC’s In­sid­ers pro­gram on Sun­day.

Mr Ford­ham’s line of ques­tion­ing to Ms Bere­jik­lian on Fri­day con­tin­ued after the Premier’s ini­tial re­luc­tance to share her per­sonal view. Se­na­tor Payne, who as For­eign Min­is­ter is the most se­nior woman in the fed­eral Lib­eral Party, said de­bate over the bill should be left to New South Wales politician­s.

“But I do think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate for that mat­ter to be de­crim­i­nalised in New South Wales, yes.” Fed­eral Op­po­si­tion spokes­woman for women Julie Collins took to so­cial me­dia over the is­sue. “Can’t be­lieve any­one would think this question was OK,” she tweeted on Sun­day.

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