Dear Prime Minister,
As a woman in her 60s who for various reasons has experienced two abortions, I have rarely been so upset about a politician’s actions as I am about Eric Abetz’s comments on abortion and breast cancer.
To deliberately spread misinformation like this is incredibly irresponsible, likely as it is to alarm many women, old and young.
Your Ministers need to rise to the importance of their posts. Whatever their personal views, they must act in the best interests of the nation when they appear in public. Whether the Minister intended it or not, he has instilled unnecessary fear in many women. This is not leadership, it is indulgence.
I hope you will counsel Minister Abetz about his irresponsible behaviour, and clarify your Government’s commitment to proper scientific evidence about the scourge of breast cancer.
Dr Meredith Doig
8 August 2014