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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Abortion rights: hands off women’s bodies

It should be really simple: the state keeps its hands off women’s bodies. Yet abortion is currently the subject of criminal law in all states and territories except the ACT, writes Roz Ward in Red Flag.

Most recently, the New South Wales parliament is considering the backward and anti-choice “Zoe’s law”. Only a few years ago in Queensland a couple were criminally tried and acquitted of the illegal act of “procuring an abortion”.

What women do with our bodies is subject to multiple levels of government control and interference. As well as repressive laws and regulations, restrictions are put in place by individual medical gatekeepers, and financial hurdles are created that are too high for many to jump. When deemed necessary, the weight of religious moralism is drawn upon to reinforce women’s lack of choice and control.

Health services that are desperately needed and should be available to all women are often woefully inadequate or inaccessible. This includes access to maternity services, sexual health clinics, contraception and basic sexuality education. The sexual and reproductive health of transgender women, lesbians and bisexual women are often completely ignored.

The state deliberately seeks to control the most intimate and personal aspects of our lives.

We need to take a stand against any state involvement in controlling women’s bodies. Women and men taking to the streets together in protest sends a clear and powerful message that we are ready to take back control, to make our own decisions and to live our lives as we choose. The state can keep its hands off.



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Comment from John Turner
Time February 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

One problem is that most religious people have no understanding of the past brutality of their particular brand of beliefs. For example , how many Roman Catholics know of the lack of respect for human life was involved in the effort to extend the life of Pope Innocent VIII? Three young men were bled out in that effort. Or of cost in lives of a 20-year military campaign initiated by Pope Innocent III to eliminate Catharism?
Yet the hierarchical successor of those in charge at that time wish to teach us ethics and morals by dogmatic instruction and infect other’s lives through their political influence.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

Here in Queensland, we have fairly strict abortion laws, but in practice it is quite easy for anyone to procure an abortion.

At the Northside Medicare Local Conference here in Brisbane in 2013, a representative of Children by Choice was begging doctors to prescribe contraception to new mothers, who were coming to them for abortions a very short time after child birth.

The unfettered use of contraceptives and deliberate murder of the unborn create a plethora of detrimental social problems and also encourage people to engage in sexual morals no better than animals.

Women should also be aware that the more abortions they have, the less likely they are to be able to carry a child to term when they have finally decided not to murder one of their unborn children.

I think the world would be a better place if we brought back the wedding ring and a shotgun wedding for men and women who wish to absolve themselves of family responsibilities.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 7, 2014 at 8:52 am

John Turner, people are more likely to become infected from having sex with multiple partners, a very common occurrence among young people in the modern irreligious society. The last I heard there were 30,000+ Australians suffering from HIV/AIDS and a rising incidence of syphilis.

Comment from w o’Connor
Time February 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

Just forget about woman’s bodies and Pope whatshis name and ask why the law accepts the right to life of a newborn but offers nothing to that boy or girl even approaching full term and viable. The beaut of life and relationships warrants eqaul attention as Pope ???? and some abstract argument

Comment from Jenny
Time February 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

The risk of breast cancer, which is increased for women who have premature births, is also there for women who have abortions. Two members of my own family, neither have had abortions & are very glad that they have not have abortions, now that they have had five children between them, with longest gestation of 35 weeks, and shortest of 28 weeks; they realise that they may never gain the protection that a full term delivery confers (38w or more). Although they have breast fed, there is still an increased risk. Why is the link between Breast Cancer and premature birth not more publicly circulated, and especially to those who are considering abortion?

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

If W O’Connor reads an article by Dr Peter Singer in the British Medical Journal, he may be quite upset by the discussion comparing infanticide and abortion, as his ideology could provide justification for the deliberate murder of newborns.

This is the same Human and Animal Ethicist who believes it is okay to have sex with an animal, as long as the latter doesn’t mind.

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