24th July 07
“It is a ludicrous and untenable situation where a female’s right to make decisions concerning fertility control is forever under threat by a minority of religious fanatics,” said David Nicholls, president of the Atheist Foundation of Australia.
Pious leaders, distorting and irrationally altering the thinking of adherents, is intrinsic to all faiths but the results of this mind-control must not be forced by law onto the wider community. The place for such unreasonable manipulative dogma is within the confines of churches, amid consenting adults and not in parliament.
Politicians with a genuine intent to serve society, who are unwilling or unable to discount their induced holy misogyny, have no choice but to abstain from voting on the current bill to decriminalize abortion. Failure in this regard is aiding and abetting, by theocratic decree, the growing blurring of the line separating church and state.”
Nicholls concluded: “If defeated, this bill will be a savage and unjustified attack on the inherent rights of women and that is totally unacceptable in a country espousing democratic equality.”