|Feminazis: radical feminism and the devaluation of human life and dignity|
Feminazis: radical feminism and the
devaluation of human life and dignity
by Augusto Zimmermann
Laws reflect a nation’s priorities, agenda, and values. The moral landscape of a country is strongly influenced by its laws. When we think of Nazi Germany, for example, we often think of the Holocaust and the brutal assassination of millions of Jews and other “undesirables”.1Because Hitler believed that the Jews were sub-human, in the same category as animals, the Nazis changed the law to ensure the Jews could be legally exterminated with no reprisals. To extinguish this “race” would no longer constitute a crime.2With the declaration that some people were beneath animals, there would be no trials for killing Jews and other “undesirable” individuals.3
In the same way, courts and parliaments in today’s Western societies have decided to arbitrarily exclude an entire class of individuals from legal protection, namely the unborn child. Parents who now opt to abort their offspring do not regard their pre-born infants as members of the human race, deserving of an inalienable right to life. As one weeds out vermin or pests, parents can now do away with their unwanted children in the womb.4
One group has consistently supported the elimination of these vulnerable human beings: radical feminists. The comparison between the feminist advocacy of abortion and the Nazi holocaust may sound too harsh for those living in our post-modern, morally relativistic societies. Surely, it is objected, what feminism has advocated is just “choice”. And yet, every movement of oppression and exploitation in the western societies – from slavery, to prostitution, to drug dealing, to abortion – has attempted to label itself “pro-choice”. In contrast, every movement that has fought against such undoubted evils – and that offers true compassion and deliverance – has been accused of being “anti-choice”.5
The high-sounding “right to choose” derived from feminist ideology hides the elementary fact that not all choices are reasonable, legitimate or morally valid. For instance, when one opposes a “right” to rape or murder, one is opposing an evil that is objectively wrong and not a right. Likewise, when one claims to be pro-choice by supporting the killing of innocent children in the womb, one is basically overlooking the victim’s right to make a personal choice. Such “pro-choice” people have denied “choice” to those who are the most vulnerable and have most to lose.67Indeed on the issue of abortion, “after a woman is pregnant all that is left to her to decide is whether she will deliver her baby dead or alive”.8
Roots of Feminist Support for Abortion as a “Right”
Feminist scholars are amongst the strongest supporters of abortion on demand. In the United States, for example, “feminists now try to make all federal court nominees promise they will never overturn Roe v. Wade, usually demanding that they proclaim their fidelity to “settled law” and to stare decisis.”9One of the ways to understand why that might be so is by considering the contribution of such icons of feminism as the British author, academic and eugenicist Marie Stopes. She not only supported birth control but also eugenics and the mandatory sterilisation of people deemed “unfit” by the state. An open admirer of Adolf Hitler, Stopes sent in August 1938 a copy of her Love Songs for Young Lovers to the Nazi dictator with the following request:
Dear Herr Hitler, Love is the greatest thing in the world: so will you accept from me these [poems] that you may allow the young people of your nation to have them? The young must learn love from the particular ’till they are wise enough for the universal. I hope too that you yourself may find something to enjoy in the book.10
Sending the Führer a book of her sentimental poems was an appropriate gesture. In 1926, Stopes stipulated that the boy she would adopt as a companion for her son should be “completely healthy, intelligent and uncircumcised”. 11In 1935, she attended as a keynote speaker the International Congress for Population Science in Berlin, held under the auspices of the Third Reich.12The organisation Stopes founded, Marie Stopes International, presently has more than 500 centres spread across more than 38 countries. It is now a major abortion provider. Initially, however, the entity was called Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress, and its clinics were located in the poorest areas of London (UK), supposedly to reduce the birth rate of local residents. To be fair, Stopes did not desire to prevent the birth of all children of the working class, the reason being that she also supported child labour. Stopes once stated:
Not many years ago the labourer’s child could be set to work early and could very shortly earn his keep ... The trend of legislation has continuously extended the age of irresponsible youth in the lower and lower middle classes.
Perhaps for such reasons the British government should not have honoured Stopes by featuring her on a 50 pence stamp as part of a commemorative series celebrating women’s achievements in that country.13Should, for that matter, any democratic government ever honour a person “interested in creating a society in which only the best and the beautiful should survive?”14We are talking about a woman who admired Hitler and desired to see her love poems distributed throughout birth-control clinics in Nazi Germany. Upon her death, Stopes bequeathed her birth-control clinic as well as a considerable amount of her personal fortune to the Eugenics Society in a final effort to have the poor, the sick and people of mixed races sterilized.
At first sight it appears rather incredible that Stopes should have earned the honour of having her image on a stamp. The honour came at the request of her numerous feminist admirers; those who thought it a well-deserved honour to a eugenicist who, in the words of one such feminist admirer, “helped liberate women and transform society with her campaigning in favour of family planning”.15To such feminists, “even racist peccadilloes can be ignored to honour a pioneer who helped promote the anti-life culture and relieve women of the intolerable trauma of giving birth to a child with a cleft palate”. Thanks to Stopes’s contributions “eugenic abortion” accounts for an increasing proportion of the seven million abortions in Britain since 1967.16
Stopes had a soul-mate in the United States called Margaret Sanger. Sometime around the start of her divorce proceedings, she met with Sanger in a meeting of the Fabian Society in London. The Fabian Society had invited Sanger to deliver an address on birth control, in July 1915. On the occasion Stopes sought Sanger’s advice on a chapter on contraception for her bestseller Married Love published in 1918.17An active member of the Women’s Committee of the New York Socialist Party, Sanger had just moved to England in order to escape judicial arrest for handing out condoms on the streets and for violating other terms of the obscenity law, in 1917. According to Jonah Goldberg, her basic strategy was to use the banner of “reproductive freedom” as an ideological tool to advance socialism and eugenics. Goldberg explains:
Sanger believed – prophetically enough – that if women conceived of sex as first and foremost a pleasure experience rather than a procreative act, they would embrace birth control as a necessary tool for their own personal gratification. She brilliantly used the language of liberation to convince women they weren’t going along with a collectivist scheme but were in fact “speaking truth to power”, as it were. This was the identical trick the Nazis pulled off. They took a radical Nietzschean doctrine of individual will and made it into a trendy dogma of middle-class conformity. This trick remains the core of much faddish “individualism” among rebellious conformists on the American cultural left today. Nonetheless, Sanger’s analysis was surely correct, and led directly to the widespread feminist association of sex with political rebellion. Sanger in effect “bought off” women (and grateful men) by offering tolerance for promiscuity in return for compliance with her eugenic schemes.18
Once in England, Sanger married the notorious sex theorist Havelock Ellis, the leading advocate of forced sterilisation of the “unfit” in that country. Their marriage soon fell apart when Ellis discovered that Sanger was having an affair with H.G. Wells, the self-avowed champion of eugenics and euthanasia. Unfortunately, Sanger’s children with Ellis were so dreadfully neglected that her daughter died of pneumonia at the age of four. At least she was honest enough to confess that she was far too egoistic and self-centred to be a mother and a wife. “I am not a fit person for love or home or children or anything which needs attention or consideration”, Sanger stated.19
Under the banner of “reproductive freedom” Sanger promoted eugenic ideas that sought to ban the reproduction of the “unfit”, including blacks in the United States. She went on to create the “Negro Project” in 1939, which aimed to convince black Americans to adopt birth control. In a November 1939 memorandum entitled “Suggestions for the Negro Project”, Sanger’s New York regional director20reminded her that black leaders would probably regard such a project as an “extermination plot.”21The solution then was to place black leaders in positions that gave the appearance that they were in charge. Recognising that in those days American blacks were deeply religious, Sanger correctly reasoned that it would be quite useful to recruit black ministers to the sinister project. She stated:
The minister’s work is also important and he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.22
Apart from initiating the “Negro Project”, Sanger established Planned Parenthood, which is today the world’s largest and most profitable abortion provider. The organisation has constantly denied its eugenic origins as well as that Sanger was an overt racist and eugenicist. Planned Parenthood argues that since Sanger stopped editing The Birth Control Review in 1929, it is possible to dissociate her from the eugenics movement.23Of course to do so one will have to ignore a 1932 address delivered by Sanger to the Eugenics Society, and published in that same year’s issue of The Birth Control Review, which basically reveals her continuing bent toward eugenics. As Goldberg points out,
A fair-minded person cannot read Sanger’s books, articles and pamphlets today without finding similarities not only to Nazi eugenics but to the dark dystopias of the feminist imagination… Sanger regularly published the sort of hard racism we normally associated with Goebbels and Himmler. Indeed, after she resigned as editor, The Birth Control Review ran articles by people who worked for Goebbels and Himmler. For example, when the Nazis’ eugenics program was first getting world attention, the Birth Control Review was quick to cast the Nazis in a positive light, giving over its pages for an articles titled: “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need”, by Ernst Rüdin, Hitler’s director of sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene. In 1926 Sanger proudly gave a speech to a KKK [Ku Klux Klan] rally in Silver Lake, New Jersey.24
The Current Feminist Position
The majority feminist position is undoubtedly supportive of a woman’s right to abortion on demand. Although science clearly testifies that the foetus (i.e., “young one” in Latin) is indeed a human being, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League’s former president Kate Michelman dismissively declared: “We have to remind people that abortion is the guarantor of a woman’s right to participate fully in the social and political life of society”.25
Feminists like Michelman either despise or ignore the fact that, among other things, legalization of abortion not only destroys innocent lives but it has made women extremely vulnerable to the pressure of unsupportive men and relatives. In Australia, for example, a survey by the Elliot Institute found that 60% of all abortions in the country are done under male coercion. Such pressure comes from boyfriends, doctors, parents and even boyfriends’ parents.26Indeed, the male partner plays a central role in such decision in just about 95% of cases, even though 70% of all women who had an abortion believe that having an abortion is morally wrong.27This is strong evidence to suggest that the feminist casual attitude towards sex and support for a right to abortion has not truly liberated women.
In this sense, feminist philosopher Martha Nussbaum provides a list of “capabilities” that, in her opinion, should define a person as fully human: the use of imagination and thought; emotions; practical reason; affiliation (“having the social bases of self-respect”); play; and control over one’s environment.28Since the foetus appears to have none of the above mentioned capabilities, Nussbaum concludes that they should be treated little more than animals or mere objects. Feminists such as Nussbaum reject a Christian view which proclaims that, whether inside or outside the womb humans are made in the image of God; that everyone is endowed by God with certain inalienable rights to life, liberty and dignity.
But the pro-life values of Christianity are contested by feminists who believe that the highest value a woman must have is her selfish pursuit of personal autonomy. This so being, the existence of a being like God becomes the ultimate barrier to the selfish pursuit of individual happiness and pleasure. In many cases, it is fair to conclude that such feminism constitutes a significant source of bitterness and social injustice, instead of true equality and partnership between the two genders. Rather than truly liberating, the feminist rhetoric of personal liberation is profoundly egotistical and, ultimately, self-destructive.
This is particularly true when one considers the prevailing feminist position on abortion. Although the sanctity of human life is proclaimed and defended in Christianity, it has now been obliterated by an anti-Christian feminist ideology that approaches abortion during all stages of pregnancy merely as a woman’s personal choice. By promoting the destruction of human life on a large scale this feminist ideology amounts to an attack on the sanctity of human life and dignity. As Kirsten Birkett explains, “feminism promotes a distorted morality that sacrifices the weak in the interests of the strong, and propagates falsehoods to shore up its irrational position”.Birkett abandoned feminism once she realised that it does not really bring freedom and fulfilment for women. She discovered, rather, that,
Feminism is a selfish movement, with no sustainable philosophy, a fabricated history, and an incoherent morality. It does not bring freedom and fulfilment for women, and it will not right injustices. Many of us in this world rightly feel anger and sorrow at the terrible lives women all over the world can face; poverty and starvation in some places, violence and abuse almost everywhere. The answer is not to become more selfish. That can only make injustice worse.29
Feminist Attacks on Christianity (and its Pro-life values)
Amidst ongoing denunciations that Christianity is patriarchal and sexist, radical feminists often forgot that the early Church was especially attractive to women. The first Christian communities were predominately female, not male.30In elevating the status of women, the early Christians were simply emulating the example of Jesus Christ, who had several women as friends, followers, and supporters. Christ even saved a woman from being stoned to death.31And it was to women that He first appeared after the Resurrection.32
According to the Christian statement of faith, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Statements such as this had an enormously positive effect in the development of gender relations, liberal democracy and the rule of law in the West. Arguably in an ideal Christian community, all barriers of prejudice must be broken, including xenophobic nationalism (Greek or Jew), religious intolerance (circumcised or uncircumcised), racism (barbarian or civilized), social discrimination (slave or free), and last but not least, gender discrimination (male or female).
Feminist critics have dismissed these biblical statements, arguing that they would have no impact whatsoever on the advancement of human rights and freedoms. In reality, however, statements such as these had an undeniable impact on the development of human rights and the rule of law in western societies. The late jurist Harold Berman of Harvard Law School credits these Christian beliefs as having “an ameliorating effect on the position of women and slaves and the protection of the poor and helpless” between the sixth and eleventh centuries.33According to Sanford Lakoff, who is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego:
The Christian teaching with the greatest implications for democracy is the belief that because humanity is created in the image of God, all human beings are of equal worth in the sight of God. Along with the Greek Stoic belief in equality as a reflection of the universal capacity for reason, this belief shaped an emerging democratic consciousness, as Alexis de Tocqueville noted when he observed in the introduction to his study of democracy in America that Christianity, which has declared all men equal in the sight of God, cannot hesitate to acknowledge all citizens equal before the law.34
Some feminist scholars have gone so far as to say that rampant sexism continued to be the rule in the early Christian communities. In reality, however, in the early Christian communities women enjoyed a much greater status than did other women elsewhere in the ancient world. In the words of Rodney Stark, a leading American sociologist and authority on the sociology of religion, “[o]bjective evidence leaves no doubt that early Christian women did enjoy far greater equality with men than did their pagan and Jewish counterparts”.35Also according to Stark, “there is virtual consensus among historians of the early church as well as biblical scholars that women held positions of honor and authority within early Christianity”.36
From its early days, Christian women were involved in numerous church-leadership activities. Indeed, women deacons assisted in liturgical functions and administered the charitable activities of the Church. This is in line with Paul’s commendation of “our sister Phoebe” to the Roman congregation, stating that she was a “deaconess of the church of Cenchrea.”37In 1 Timothy 3:11, Paul again refers to women in the role of deacons. In Corinthians 11:11-12, the apostle talks about the right of women to prophesy and that they are as essential as men in Christian fellowship. “For it is through women that man comes to be, and God is the source of all,” Paul stated.38That women would no longer serve as deacons in the late church only reflects the sexist norms of a particular tradition, not biblical truth and the reality of the early Christian communities.
With respect to abortion, the practice was openly accepted in the ancient world for a variety of reasons. Abortion was broadly practiced, for instance, to conceal illicit sexual activities of women. Because of the targeting and elimination of unwanted girls through abortion and infanticide, females were significantly outnumbered by males in every ancient city of the Greco-Roman world.39Exposure of unwanted female infants was morally acceptable and regularly practiced by all social classes.40Such exposure was a common practice and fully acceptable according to the law.41Written in about 450 BC, the Twelve Tables (the early Roman Code) permitted a father to freely dispose of female infants and deformed or weak male infants.42According to Stark,
The very high rates of abortion in the Greco-Roman world can only be fully understood if we recognize that in perhaps the majority of instances it was men, rather than women, who made the decision to abort. Roman law accorded the male head of family the literal power of life and death over his household, including the right to order a female in the household to abort.43
In this sense, Christian attitudes toward women amounted to a remarkable improvement of their status in the classical period. The superior status of Christian women vis-à-vis their pagan sisters began at birth, since the exposure of unwanted girls was widely spread but was strongly condemned in Christianity. Because it prohibits abortion and infanticide, classifying both as murder,44Christianity led to the criminalisation of all forms of infanticide and abortion, thus removing the primary cause of the gender imbalance that existed among pagan societies.45According to American sociologist Dr Alvin Schmidt, “the early church’s opposition to abortion, along with its condemnation of infanticide and child abandonment, was a major factor in institutionalizing the sanctity of human life.”46
With the decline of Christianity abortion has again become widely accepted. Our courts and parliaments, most of them influenced by feminist ideology, are now rejecting the long-standing adherence of Christianity to the sanctity of life. Similar to the first Christians who were persecuted for protecting innocent life and upholding human dignity, Christians who must now stand for human life and dignity will face increasing persecution. Those first Christians urged their Roman rulers to reform the law in accordance with their biblical worldview – to uphold the sanctity of human life, to respect liberty of conscience and worship, to outlaw concubinage and infanticide, to limit easy divorce, to curb military violence, to emancipate slaves, and more. Such reformist aspirations eventually brought forth government edicts which condemned Christianity as an “illicit religion” and exposed its followers to “intermittent waves of brutal persecution”.47
In this sense, it is important to consider that the early Christians were not persecuted just because of their commitment to the “only true God” and their refusal to honour the pagan gods. Rather, persecution against them occurred because they lived noticeably more elevated moral lifestyles as compared to their pagan neighbours. Their moral rectitude invited them to be hated, despised, and so often imprisoned, tortured, and killed.48As Alvin Schmidt puts it, “when people live a noticeably higher moral lifestyle, it often angers those who do not; such behaviour casts them in a negative light”.49
Unfortunately the decline of Christianity has been characterised by the widespread acceptance of abortion.In Australia, “abortion is being used as a form of contraception as well as a way of protecting rights of women.”50One in every three Australian women will have an abortion in their life time. The present rate is one abortion for every 2.8 births in Australia.51About one-third of all abortions (32.2%) were performed on women who were married or living in de facto relationships. They chose to have an abortion due to “having completed their families” or merely “economic reasons”.52
In addition, a survey carried out by Southern Cross Bioethics a couple of years ago discovered an overwhelming support for abortion on grounds of foetal disability.53This is consistent with a report that a baby girl just two weeks from birth was killed in a hospital in Melbourne because the doctor thought she might have dwarfism.54It emerged that the hospital routinely performs late abortions (i.e. after 20 weeks of gestation).55Of course it was not Australia but Nazi Germany that was the precursor of abortion for “improving” the human race. As one might say, the treatment currently visited upon pre-born babies brings to mind the treatment visited upon the Jews by the Nazis.56
One of the most visible signs of moral decadence in Ancient Rome was that unwanted or handicapped babies were killed or left abandoned to die. The rise of Christianity was a leading factor in institutionalising the sanctity of human life in western societies. With the decline of Christianity such practices were re-introduced in the form of abortion and eugenics. And even after the Nazi holocaust discredited eugenics and the eugenicists, these ideas did not disappear but they went to operate in fields such as “family planning” and “birth control”, which are strongly supported by the vast majority of feminist scholars. Given the step following the disregard of human life in the womb is the devaluation of human life outside the womb, the acceptance of abortion as a “right to choose” betrays the fact that, in our post-modern societies, we have all become the ultimate arbiters of human life.
Augusto Zimmermann, LLB, LLM, PhD (Monash), is Chair of Legal Theory and Constitutional Law, Murdoch University School of Law; President of Western Australian Legal Theory Association (WALTA); a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia. This is an edited version of a paper presented at the 7thSymposium of the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family, University of La Coruña (Spain), June 9-10, 2014. An unedited version was published in Quadrant magazine earlier this year.
1Erwin W. Lutzer, When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany (Chicago/IL: Moody Publishers, 2010), p.10.
5Randy Alcorn, Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and their Mothers (Peabody/MA: Hendrickson, 2004), p 64.
6Lutzer, above n.1, p. 69.
7Alcorn, above n.5, p. 63.
8Mary O’Brian Drum, ‘Meeting in the Radical Middle’, Sojourners, November 1980, p. 23.
9Schlafly, above n.31, p.86.
10Letter from Marie Stopes to Hitler (August 1939). Quoted in June Rose, Marie Stopes and the Sexual Revolution (London: Faber and Faber, 1992), pp. 219–220.
11Gerald Warner, ‘Marie Stopes is Forgiven Racism and Eugenics Because She was Anti-life’, The Daily Telegraph (UK),August 28, 2008, at: http://blogs. telegraph.co.uk/gerald_warner/blog/2008/08/28/marie_stopes_is_forgiven_racism_and_eugenics_ because_she_was_antilife
13John Bingham ‘Royal Mail Criticised for Stamp Honouring ‘Racist’ Marie Stopes, The Daily Telegraph
(UK), October 14, 2008, athttp://www. telegraph.co.uk/news/3194345/Royal-Mail-criticised-for-stamp-honouring-racist-Marie-Stopes .html#source=refresh
14Rose, above n.38, p. 219.
15Bingham, above n.41.
16Warner, above n.39.
17Germaine Greer, Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (Melbourne/Vic:Secker and Warburg, 1984), p. 306.
18Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (London: Penguin, 2009), p. 273.
20Such director was Dr Clarence J. Gamble of the soap-manufacturing company Procter and Gamble.
21‘Black Genocide’, at http://www.blackgenocide.org/archived_articles/negro03.html
22Goldberg, above n.46, p. 259.
23Of course, in a certain sense Sanger’s Planned Parenthood is even more eugenic than it was in the past. In today’s America, 512 out every 1,000 black pregnancies end in an abortion. Although they constitute little more than 12 percent of the population, African-Americans have more than a third (37 percent) of abortions. ‘Revealingly enough, roughly 80 percent[of PP facilities] are in or near minority communities’ – Goldberg, above n.46, p. 277.
24Ib., p. 272.
25Kate Michelman, quoted in The New York Times, May 10, 1988. See: Alcorn, above n.5, p. 40.
26‘Changing Hearts & Finding New Alternatives’,Respect Life Office, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne 2005, p. 2.
28Martha C. Nussbaum, Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach (Cambridge
University Press, 2000), Ch 1.
29Kirsten Birkett, The Essence of Feminism (Sydney/NSW: Matthias Media, 2000), p.121.
30Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity (New York/NY: HarperCollins, 1997), p. 98.
32Matthew 28:10; John 20:11-18.
33Harold Berman, Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition (Cambridge/MA: Harvard University Press, 1983), p. 65.
34Sandorf Lakoff, Democracy: History, Theory and Practice (Boulder/CO: Westview Press) 1996, p. 90.
35Rodney Stark, The Triumph of Christianity (New York/NY: HarperOne, 2011), p. 124.
36Stark, above n.58, p. 109.
381 Corinthians 11:12.
39Stark, above n.58, p. 97.
41For example, in his Republic Plato makes abortions mandatory for all pregnant women after age forty, on the grounds of limiting the population. (Plato, Republic, 5.9., 1941 ed.) Aristotle held a similar position in his Politics: “There must be a limit fixed to the procreation of offspring, and if people have a child as a result of intercourse in contravention to these regulations, abortion must be practiced”. (Aristole, Politics, 7.14.10, 1986 ed.)
42Stark, about n.58, p. 118.
43Ib., p. 120.
44Ib., p. 126.
45Ib., p. 99.
46Alvin J. Schmidt, How Christianity Changed the World (Grand Rapids/MI: Zondervan, 2004), p.60.
47John Witte, Jr, ‘Introduction’, John Witte, Jr and Frank S Alexander (eds), Christianity and Law: An Introduction (Cambridge/UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008), p. 7.
48Ib., p. 27.
49Schmidt, above n.74, p. 27.
50Australia Bureau of Statistics, 2001 Yearbook, No.83, p.176, ABS Canberra, ABS Catalogue N. 1301.0.
51‘Abortion in Australia into the 21st Century: Facts, Current Trends and A Way Ahead’, NSW Right to Life,2006, p. 9.
52‘Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia 2002’, Department of Human Sciences, Tables 39 & 40. Quoted from: ‘Abortion in Australia into the 21st Century: Facts, Current Trends and A Way Ahead’, NSW Right to Life, 2006, p. 9.
53According to the survey, 85% of Australians support abortion in the case of severe foetal disability and 60% support it in the case of mild foetal disability. – J. I. Fleming and S Ewing, ‘Give Women Choice: Australia Speaks on Abortion’, Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, April 26, 2005, p.10.
54Andrew Bolt, ‘Yes it’s an Abortion’, Herald Sun, Melbourne/Vic, August 8, 2004.
55“Despite the worst efforts of doctors, a number of babies have survived abortions. Possibly some 500 to 1,000 are born alive each year in the USA … On 14 July, 1998 in Darwin, Australia, a baby was supposed to be 19 weeks’ old, and the mother had been given drugs to induce an abortion. During the night of 13-14 July she gave birth to a daughter who exhibited encouraging vital life signs. A registered midwife was shocked when she heard the little girl cry, and felt herself in the midst of what she called a ‘very big moral dilemma’–having come to work expecting to preside over a stillbirth, she was faced with a live infant. The doctor experienced no such dilemma, and denied any doctor-patient relationship with the infant’.” Peter Barnes, Abortion: Open Your Mouth for the Dumb
(East Peoria/IL: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2010), p.11.