The ABC broadcasted a short but intense debate on 'Questions and Answers' (Q and A) on Thursday, October 29.
Bill Shorten - Labor's Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Childrens' Services
Tony Abbott - Shadow Minister for Families and Community Services
Jonathan Biggins - Satirist
Catherine Deveny - Comedian and columnist, The Age
Bettina Arndt - Commentator and author, The Sex Diaries
Tune in at 27 mins 27 secs here.
In this section of the show, comedian and columnist for The Age, Catherine Deveny, proudly stated that she had had an abortion herself and rudely mocked Tony Abbott for his faith, attempting to disqualify his opinion. In response, Tony Abbott remained composed (as always) and conveyed his ongoing support and concern for women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.
Ms Deveny argued for greater access to chemical abortions, stating they are "incredibly easy, incredibly safe"!! There was a lot of misinformation, such as this, presented in this one sided debate and as usual, not a single mention of the more than 100,000 babies inhumanely aborted annually in Australia nor any feedback from women who have experienced abortion and suffered as a result.
Reference was (yet again) made to the case of 19 year old Teagan Leach who has been disgracefully exploited by pro aborts lobbying for liberal abortion laws in Queensland. At one point a speaker made the comment about "women taking to the streets" if Ms. Leach is charged (for importing an illegal, unapproved drug to procur an abortion - raising issues of safety). Thousands have marched through the streets of Melbourne in 2008 and this year in October, opposing the legalisation of abortion, but again....not a mention!
Even Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh was criticised for not supporting changes to abortion law, as she was "pro abortion in her university years"...perhaps Ms. Bligh has come to understand the issue of abortion more than she did as a nineteen year old uni student!
Mr. Abbott stated his concern about Australia's enormous abortion rate and stated that by legalising abortion, it sends a message that "more is okay".
As can be seen, we have a lot of work to do to inform (and challenge) our leaders, the media, women and society of the risks of abortion, the reality of abortion procedures and the damage abortion does to society. Women, families and society deserve better than abortion.
Feedback to Q and A may be sent here.