All humans have rights
In reply to Caitlin Langley's opinion piece "Reproductive freedom 'a basic human right'" (The Weekend Advertiser, August 3), I commend the civility and clarity therein - the best possible argument for pro-choice.
My comments are intended to be respectful also. In respect I must be truthful - and the truth may hurt.
To begin, we can agree that we are all sisters and brothers under the skin; all of us have made that same journey and can thank our mothers for the gift of life and a voice.
My mother left my older brother, my younger sister, and me, all under four-and-a-half years. She died of complications from post-natal depression, which had no name at the time.
My pro-life writing is devoted to my mum. I know she is waiting for me.
Of course, all of us, pro-life, pro-choice, or undecided, have a common concern for the woman in trouble from unwanted pregnancy. She truly needs all the help the community can muster.
Here is the great divide; in Caitlin's comments, as in the many pro-choice comments from Women's Electoral Lobby's Wendy McCarthy, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and her ministers Andrew Constance and Brad Hazzard, to locals Wes Fang and Wagga Women's Health Centre's Julie Mecham, there is not the slightest hint of concern for the other human being - the targeted individual, the victim - guess who?
Science and common sense say that pre-term foetuses and infants are human beings: where are their human rights?
Pro-lifers, on the other hand, insist on holistic care for both the woman in distress and her baby and that to kill the unwanted is murder.
Of course, the women who have abortions should not be prosecuted, but the doctors and others complicit in the barbaric, bloody deeds of killing the most vulnerable and defenceless members of society should feel the full weight of the law.
Wendy McCarthy recently said (on ABC TV I think) that she and most other founders of Women's Electoral Lobby, all university graduates, had abortions.
For 40 years they have worked tirelessly and have succeeded in changing the very structure of Australian law and politics with acceptance of legal abortion - the culture of death.
Wendy and her cohort seem to have a deep-seated, sub-conscious desire to have other women be like them as co-sisters in having had an abortion.
Darcy Maybon, Turvey Park
Concern at PCYC progress
Travelling up Fitzhardinge Street it comes to our notice that work to begin on our promised PCYC has stalled.
I can only guess it was in the Hon. Michael McCormack's hands?
Perhaps now with matters of a federal level this very pressing project for our youth has been overlooked. We must give the new PCYC top priority.
What could be more important that a new clubhouse for this city's youth?
We stall and ignore progress of this project at our peril.
Please let us take up this cause as Michael is too busy!
Anne and Ron Helyar, Uranquinty
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