Tony Abbott doesn’t think abortion is a political issue. He made this statement while out on the campaign trail with a pro-abortion Liberal candidate running in the most marginal seat in Australia.
Given the circumstances, one can’t help but feel that Mr Abbott is wrong in his assessment on what constitutes a political issue. It is clearly an election issue, otherwise the media wouldn’t have questioned him on it while he was out and about kissing babies.
And Tony’s Coalition colleagues clearly disagree with him as well. Someone, somewhere within the bowels of LNP HQ has taken the time to actually give a brief glimpse into what a new government will do after September 7.
Unfortunately, if you think that Tony Abbott’s non-response to questions about the murder of unborn children was disappointing, then you are not going to be happy with the Liberal Party’s actual policy.
Because, for the most part, it is to do nothing. Or, in other words, the Coalition supports whatever the Emily’s List feminazis do.
That’s right. The Coalition policy, by and large, is no different than Labor’s. And, if we’re going to get down to brass tacks, Labor’s policies are not all that much different than those that the Coalition administered when they were last in power.
When asked about whether it will scrap funding for abortions carried out because the parents are not partial to sex of their child, the Coalition said it will do nothing.
And when asked about whether it will scrap funding for abortions carried out on healthy, viable children simply because parents can’t fit them in their busy schedule, the Coalition said they will do nothing.
And when asked whether it will remove RU-486 (a drug that is designed to kill babies) from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (a program that is supposed to provide cheap, life-saving medication) the Coalition’s health spokesman made a commitment to make no changes to abortion funding.
And when asked whether it will do anything about the fact that somehow children manage to survive an abortion and then somehow die (noting that this is usually called murder), the Coalition again said they will do nothing. The budget’s bottom line might be on life-support, but that won’t stop payments from the treasury to those who turn off life altogether.
And when asked about whether the Coalition will scrap paid parental following late-term abortions, the Coalition said no. Or, to be more precise, it said that it didn’t believe this happened and that no change was required. More of the ol’ do nuttin’.
This last response really is quite bizarre. Because placed right above it is Labor’s statement and that clearly implies that paid parental leave is paid out for late-term abortions. However, at least Labor said that these payments were unintended and acknowledging a problem is better than pretending it doesn’t exist. That’s why Labor actually scored better than the Coalition on abortion.
And that is where we come to the Coalition’s ‘by and large’. By and large, it will not change anything about abortion funding in Australia. With one exception. Labor are happy to shell out $11,000 for paid parental leave even though a deliberate decision ensures that there is no actual baby to care for over the 18 week payment period. The Coalition, by contrast, want to increase this amount up to $75,000.
So, if we take it at its word, a ‘pro-life’ Coalition government, will allow more of your taxes to end up in the pockets of those who have had abortions, or those who make a living off them.
I know, you’re saying that I’ve got it wrong. That won’t actually happen. Tony and his colleagues just need to play it cool for a couple more days and then, presto, all will be made new again.
Well, actually, that’s just spin and it’s not true.
The fact is that whenever a Coalition government is elected there is a perceived sigh of relief and then nothing happens.
Just like in Victoria.
If I had a dollar every time I heard someone tell me the pro-life movement managed to get the Liberals over the line at the last Victorian state election I’d be rich. But even with this supposed power, the Liberals have paid no attention. They don’t care. The laws haven’t changed. And babies are still dying.
The reason nothing happens is not a surprise. Nothing happens because most people in positions of power within the Coalition can’t be bothered changing anything. And they tell us this is exactly what they are going to do.
They are just as bad as the Emily’s Listers we all love to see kicked out of parliament. Perhaps they are even worse. Pro-lifers don’t vote for Emily’s List candidates. But they do vote for Coalition candidates and those votes are abused.
It’s time to start taking the Coalition on its word. And that includes Tony Abbott. His word is that abortion is not an issue he wants to deal with and that it should be legal. Even his pro-abortion candidates say he is at one with them and Tony’s quite happy to leave this assertion uncorrected. This reality is far different than the perception.
Furthermore, if this perception is going to spring into reality, it can only mean Tony Abbott has been lying about abortion so that he can become Prime Minister. I find it hard to believe that someone who lies about their position on abortion simply to gain power is going to do much good at all.
The Coalition has tricked pro-life voters. It’s tricked them for two generations. It’s told them to hang in there, and one day something will be done. In the meantime, it just watches on while those with conviction make change. Like the Greens.
The unfortunate reality is that if we don’t change the way we fight politically, we are going to keep losing battles while handing out blue how-to-vote cards for gutless politicians.
If we want to win battles, we need to start putting people into parliament who won’t lie to gain power. People who aren’t afraid to say that abortion is wrong. People who aren’t in politics for a career.
There are some Coalition MPs who deserve a vote. They don’t hide. But there’s not many of them.
This election is the perfect opportunity to do something different. One thing is certain and that is this: Kevin Rudd won’t be PM next Sunday. This means you can afford to vote for a good candidate, rather than voting for a Coalition candidate. And there are good candidates out there. Every Family First candidate in Queensland is pro-life. The Coalition can’t say the same thing.
It all comes down to one simple question. This election, are you going to be part of the great party game, or are you going to actually start winning the real battle?