Tony, you DO have a problem with women. We, by-and-large, do not trust you.
And the reason is very, very simple.
Much like men, women have memories. They remember things.
Like you cutting three BILLION dollars from health.
Like you saying that a woman’s virginity was a gift, in an attempt to soften your image with women.
Like you trying to take PERSONAL CONTROL over women’s bodies by wanting YOU to be the only person who can make the decision as to whether a woman can simply take a pill, or is forced to undergo a painful and invasive operation to end an unwanted or untenable pregnancy.
Like using the “abortion figures” that include all D&C’s – even those that are for diagnostic purposes or those that remove a miscarriage or those necessary after birth to back up your disgusting statement that abortion had been reduced to “a matter of the mother’s convenience” – even though he musthave known those figures were exaggerated by including procedures that are not abortions. You are the former Health Minister. There is absolutely no way that a man who oversaw the reform of Medicare could not know that D&C’s are performed for reasons other than abortion all of the time. Particularly a man who is “pro-life”. You used an inflated figure because it suited your purpose. And you used it to demonise women. Don’t believe me? Direct quote from Tony Abbot’s own website:
And he had this to say in Parliament:
“Mr Speaker, we have a bizarre double standard in this country where someone who kills a pregnant woman’s baby is guilty of murder, but a woman aborts an unborn baby is simply exercising choice.”
Convenient, Tony? Easy way out? A matter of the mother’s convenience? Implying that women who abort a fetus are murderers? THIS IS WHY YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH WOMEN. You do not understand them. You do not empathise with them, even though you have been in the same situation yourself.
(As an aside, someone who kills a pregnant woman’s unborn baby is not guilty of murder in any state or territory in Australia. In Queensland and Western Australia it’s “Grevious bodily harm of an unborn child” with pretty heavy penalties, but that still isn’t murder, Tony. But you know, why let facts get in the way of CALLING WOMEN MURDERERS?)
Oh, and there’s also this little gem:
‘I think there does need to be give and take on both sides, and this idea that sex is kind of a woman’s right to absolutely withhold, just as the idea that sex is a man’s right to demand I think they are both they both need to be moderated, so to speak’
Way to be a rape apologist, Tony!
And ladies, turn on that iron! Do it for the good of the country:
“What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up, every year…”
Tony, you see us as something other. You don’t think we require or deserve or are capable of equal representations, and I really don’t think that anything you’ve ever said indicates that you think of us as equals at all.
To you, we’re a group of women who need to be convinced that really, you aren’t a threat, when so much of what comes out of your mouth indicates that really, you are. You say you won’t be changing the reproductive laws in Australia. Did you write that down? Because we all know that unless you write it down, you don’t consider it binding. And I just don’t think you’ve changed that much since you told women it was a double standard that they weren’t charged with murder when they obtain an abortion, or that they were just doing it because it was convenient.
I actually do believe that you’re a man of deep belief and conviction. And I could probably respect that (Whilst disagreeing with everything you say and believe), if I didn’t think you were lying about an awful lot now to get into power.
I don’t trust you. We couldn’t trust you with the Health System, we couldn’t trust you with our reproductive rights, we can’t trust you to see us as equals. I do not think we can trust you at all.
You are not an ally of women in Australia. You are an ally of the conservative, of the Catholic Church, and of probably every anti-equality outfit going round. Please don’t trot out your wife to try and convince us otherwise.