February 14, 2006


Anger over Australia abortion remarks (Al Jazeera, 14 February 2006)

Lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum have reacted angrily to comments by a colleague suggesting that Australians were aborting themselves "out of existence" and that the country was at risk of becoming a Muslim state.

Danna Vale, a lawmaker from the ruling centre-right Liberal Party, said on Monday she worried that immigrants from Muslim countries could eventually outnumber native-born Australians if the current rate of abortions continued.

Her comments came as members of the House of Representatives prepared to debate whether to strip regulatory control of an abortion drug, mifepristone - also known as RU-486 - away from Tony Abbott, the health minister, and hand it to the country's main drug regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The TGA has control over all other drugs in Australia, but a 1996 law shifted regulatory authority over RU-486 to the health minister. Last week, the Senate voted 45-28 to hand control of the drug back to the TGA, a move expected to pave the way for the drug to be cleared for use in Australia.

Abortion was sold to the white middle class as a way to control the minority poor, not as euthanasia.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 8:36 AM

Democracy does Zyclon-B.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 14, 2006 8:56 AM

It wasn't supposed to kill white people, dammit!

Posted by: Margaret Sanger at February 14, 2006 9:56 AM

Again, note how the Muslim is used as the bogeyman.

Beware the Muslim, he's hiding under your bed! Behave, or the Muslim will get you.

See how easy it is, even after 1930s Germany.

Humans never learn anything.

Posted by: Brit at February 14, 2006 10:38 AM

Behave or the muslim will get you.

Have you listened to what the Ozzie's bigwig has been saying?

Tim Blair's a good source.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 14, 2006 10:49 AM

Abortion was sold to the white middle class as a way to control the minority poor, not as euthanasia.

It was also sold to randy young men as a means of reducing their future child support obligations.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 14, 2006 11:18 AM