Caritas Australia chief executive officer Jack de Groot says we have to ask ourselves what is the real motive for a review of a policy that bans overseas aid from Australia being used to fund abortions, and it’s a good question.
Queensland Nationals’ Senator Ron Boswell raised the question at a recent Senate Estimates committee hearing, asking if any overseas countries had approached Australia about funding for abortions and a government departmental official indicated that none had.
The review may have less to do with the needs of people living in poverty overseas and more to do with the personal ideologies of a few politicians.
Australians have compassion for people overseas living in dire poverty; studies have shown they generally do not support abortion.
When Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was asked his opinion on the issue on a Sunday television news program last weekend, he was non-committal.
Strong and concerted opposition from Churches, their agencies and their members may help him decide.
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