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RU486 – Time to write to Annette, Bob, or Gary

By johnboy - 10 February 2006 101

Some of you might have noticed a lot of media noise over something called RU486.

There is a lot of heat and smoke, but not much light on this subject but in essence it boils down pretty simply.

There is one drug in all the world which the Minister for Health approves rather than the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This drug is RU486 and one of its uses is to make terminating a pregnancy a less painful and dangerous for women.

Last night, in the Senate, a Bill was passed which will do nothing more than make the approval of this drug a matter for the TGA. The lawfulness of the procedures it might be put to is a matter for the States, the fitness of the drug for use would then be for the experts in this field, and its specific use a matter for doctors.

Unusually in Australia, this Bill is subject to a conscience vote, so for once what voters think about an issue will bear upon our representatives.

UPDATED: Over on Crazybrave, local blogger Zoe has some worthwhile things to say on the issue.

A startling number of sadists in our community want abortion to be as painful and humiliating as possible in the hope of enforcing their own personal moral codes on others.

(Don’t get me wrong, I can see both sides of the abortion debate. This here debate is about whether government chooses to make abortions more dangerous, painful and humiliating than they need to be.)

Those sadists are putting ferocious amounts of pressure on members of Parliament and now that the Bill is out of the insulated Senate and into the Representatives who are individually accountable to constituents that pressure is going to go sky high.

Already we have cardboard coffins and pictures of foetuses filling Parliament House, incredibly misleading and offensive full page ads in the newspapers, and a whirlwind of media releases from an alphabet soup of previously unknown organisations.

When the crazies roam the land the moderates need to get active.

Just yesterday, in the Senate, the ACT’s Gary Humphries voted for painful abortions (by way of ministerial veto) while our Senator Lundy voted to allow professionals to explore alternatives.

Our local members are going to be hearing in the next week from any number of the crazies threatening thousands of votes lost to them if they vote to normalise the RU486 approval process.

So if you’re one of the sensible centre who don’t believe in punishing women who feel the need to terminate a pregnancy, now is a good time to write to your local member.

So here are the addresses, remember folks a hand written letter is worth a hundred emails, you’ll need to get them off today to have any effect:

Annette Ellis MP
205 Anketell Street
Tuggeranong ACT 2900

Bob McMullan MP
GPO Box 1947
ACT 2601

Gary Nairn MP
Shop 16, Citylink Plaza
24-36 Morisset St
Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Here’s a simple enough form of words:

Dear [insert name]

I am a voter in your electorate and I support the normalisation of the approval process for RU486.


[Sign here]
[Print name]

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Blamemonkey 2:20 pm 16 Feb 06

the bill has been Passed


CAn’t make a link not L33t enough 🙁


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