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Abbott says abortion film "will do no harm"

Catholic politican and Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott has commented on the ABC's proposed screening of a British documentary showing an abortion procedure, it would not harm Australians to understand the "brutal business" of abortion.

The Sun-Herald yesterday quoted Mr Abbott's comment that it would not harm Australians to understand the "brutal business" of abortion.

"It is an ugly business and it probably doesn't hurt for the Australian people to understand just what is going on in clinics all around Australia," he said.

My Foetus, created by British filmmaker Julia Black, caused controversy when it screened in Britain in April, primarily over footage of a vacuum pump abortion of a four-week-old foetus.

The Catholic Church has not commented, but Right to Life Australia president Margaret Tighe said she hopes women considering a termination would view the program.

By contrast, the lobby group Children by Choice is warning that the footage could upset the estimated one in four women who have had an abortion.

"Women who are concerned about revisiting the experience of abortion should think very carefully about watching, and I probably would not recommend it," co-ordinator Cait Calcutt said.

Mrs Tighe said she hoped the film would reduce the abortion rate from its estimated 100,000 termination procedures a year.

"Hopefully it will have some impact," she said. "We are killing all these wonderful children who could make a wonderful contribution to Australia."

Women warned off abortion program (The Sun-Herald 11/7/04)

Merits of abortion program debated (ABC Radio PM 9/7/04)
ABC to show operation footage (The Australian 9/7/04)
Feminists call for abortion debate (The Australialn 12/7/04)
Julia Black: Why I filmed abortion (The Sunday Age 11/7/04)
Ruling on foetus saves abortion laws (The Guardian 9/7/04)
European court denies personhood and human rights to unborn child (Catholic News Agency 9/7/04)
Two mothers share own stories with teens at right-to-life convention (Catholic News Service 8/7/04)
London: charges dropped against pro-life campaigner (Independent Catholic News 9/7/04)
The hidden wonder of new life (The Tablet 10/7/04)
Melinda Tankard Reist: Deadly price of choice (The Australian 12/7/04)
Switzerland has opened door to genetic discrimination, say ethicists (British Medical Journal 10/7/04
ABC to screen abortion documentary (ABC Radio The World Today 9/7/04)
Church responds to proposed changes in UK abortion law (CathNews 9/7/04)
Ratzinger clarification says it's OK to vote for pro-abortion politicians (CathNews 8/7/04)
Abbott calls Catholics to action over abortion (CathNews 29/4/04)
Ultimate Pro-Life Links
Catholics for a Free Choice
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12 Jul 2004