"ARHA letter published in The Canberra Times Thursday January"
Letters to the Editor —ARHA letter published in The Canberra Times, Thursday, 4 January, 2007 Pregnancy Hotline This is particularly so in the developing Congratulations on your editorial ("Again, world where high birth rates are an Abbott crosses the line", January 3) about impediment to development and to the pregnancy hotline in which you rightly escaping poverty. argue that church and state should not be in bed together. Indeed, the Church's opposition to condoms has caused countless deaths from Nevertheless, we should perhaps wait and HIV/AIDS. see whether the counsellors, who Health Minister Abbott claims will be "professional", will abide by the training It is thus gratifying to hear that the Pope is manual to be developed by Family reviewing the policy on condoms. Planning Western Australia. If he reverses it, the Catholic Church may We assume that their manual will train the find there is the added benefit of a counsellors in giving equal weight to the reduction in unintended pregnancy and, in three options of termination, adoption and turn, abortions. keeping the baby. Jenny Goldie, Mr Abbott says there will be safeguards in Australian Reproductive Health place to ensure no one accessing the Alliance service is lectured on the perceived evils of abortion. Let us indeed hope so, but he also needs to assure us that the counsellors will give balanced advice. Your editorial also made the point that, if Mr Abbott wishes to bring down the abortion rate, he should consider "sex education and better provision of advice about contraception". This should be patently obvious to the minister and to the Catholic Church whose opposition to "artificial" means of birth control has created a lot of misery.