Saturday, April 30, 2005

Liberal MP not so pro-choice

Peter Slipper came out as anti-choice while attempting to defend proposed limits to the government's IVF program.

The Government is considering limiting Medicare funded in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to three cycles a year for women under the age of 42, and a total of three cycles in all for women over 42.

"Now, the Federal Government funds 100,000 abortions each year through the Medicare system, and we've got a range of views in the community on this, but I find it difficult to understand that there's an uncapped ability to kill unborn children, and yet on the other hand there seems to be this suggestion that in some way, shape or form the creation of life through the IVF program should be limited."
-Peter Slipper
Peter, you need to rethink the oxymoron that "killing unborn children" is.
While IVF and abortion both involve a Uterus and a woman, they are very separate health issues. Every woman has the right to control her reproductive health, whether that be uterus full or uterus empty.

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Blogger weezil said...

Let's keep our terms correct, shall we?

"Unborn children" is indeed an oxymoron. Can't happen. It's like referring to iron ore as an "unbuilt car."

A "child" is a foetus to which a mother has given birth.

A "foetus" is a biological entity which has the potential to be given birth if the mother so chooses, but which has not been born.

"Unborn foetus" is thus redundant.

12:06 pm  
Blogger suki said...

While we are talking redundancy; let's also keep the 'deserving 'and 'undeserving' subtext of the MP's comment out of this issue.

4:12 pm  

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