The rate of abortion in Australia was a national tragedy and society had too lax an attitude towards sexual promiscuity among teenagers, federal Health Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday.
Speaking at Adelaide University on the ethical role of a Christian politician, Mr Abbott, a Catholic, said there were 100,000 abortions in Australia each year, which he labelled a measure of the nation’s moral health.
“An objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience,” Mr Abbott told students amid boos and jeers from protesters.
“Aborting a foetus is not morally identical to deliberately killing a living human being, but it’s not just removing a wart or a cyst either.
“Even those who think that abortion is a woman’s right should surely be troubled by the fact that 100,000 Australian women choose to destroy their unborn babies every year.”
Two hecklers were escorted out of the building by security guards during the speech.
His comments also prompted a protest chant of, “Get your morals off our bodies.”