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Rundle: Kevin Andrews, keeping company with those who ‘can raise the dead through prayer’

Why in the world is Kevin Andrews going to the World Congress of Families? Just how nuts do you have to be to not get a ministerial endorsement?

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Abetz pulls a Bernardi and goes off-script

Among all the Liberal own goals last week, William Bowe nominates Senator Abetz for worst-on-ground for his unforced error through the minefield of abortion.

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How journalists (except Guy Rundle) make a hash of science reporting

Crikey readers are full of praise for Guy Rundle.

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Rundle: Abetz and the sleazy switch from moral campaign to scientific irrationalism

Eric Abetz says there is a demonstrated link between abortion and breast cancer (he now says he didn’t, despite it airing on national television). Won’t anyone stand up for science anymore?

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How conservative MPs are trying to undermine abortion rights

Victorian MP Geoff Shaw is the latest conservative Australian politician to try to limit access to abortions. Freelance journalist David Donaldson says it wouldn’t be easy to outlaw abortion altogether, but chipping away at the edges could produce long-lasting restrictions.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: who cares about the budget edition

Yes, the Age of Entitlement is over, and yes, this is the Budget We Had to Have, but by god, isn’t there anything else to talk about?

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The lethal legacy of Brian Harradine: his long war on women’s rights

While former Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine’s passing is mourned and his life celebrated, we should remember his impact on the lives of women of developing countries.

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Anti-abortion street harassment is not peaceful protest

A women’s health clinic is taking Melbourne City Council to court to force it to protect the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. Maurice Blackburn associate Lizzie O’Shea says the anti-abortion activists outside the clinic are not exercising their rights to free assembly, they are threatening the health of vulnerable women.

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Cory’s hit-list: Bernardi’s colleagues who don’t make the grade

Cory Bernardi reckons “traditional families” are best and should be restored to their “prime position” in society. Crikey reveals the Liberal MPs who don’t fit Bernardi’s “gold standard”.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: vale EJ Howard … 2013 or 1913? … Bernardi busted …

Columnists give thanks for Cory Bernardi — at least he can always be counted upon to say something offensive.

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How Cricket Australia is failing the punters

Crikey readers talk cricket, the latest Essential poll and the other great silence surrounding abortion.

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Breaking the silence on abortion and unplanned pregnancy

Despite being unlawful in most states and territories, abortions are common and a fact of life for many women, writes Jane Caro.

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Factional game: the inside story of NSW anti-abortion laws

The NSW government’s “Zoe’s Law” — which seeks to give a foetus the same rights as a person — is being driven by factions within the Liberal Party, campaigner Claire Pullen explains.

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Media briefs: McKenzie blasts The Oz … Plibersek beat-up … Bolt’s miaow …

The Daily Telegraph has called out Tanya Plibersek for using taxpayer funds to fly her family to part of her electorate for constituent business — although that is easily within the rules. So what did she do wrong then?

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Anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage … and the new mental health minister

ALP Senator Jacinta Collins has had a meteoric rise into Rudd’s new cabinet. Who is she — and will her intense social conservatism raise serious questions about her capacity to function as Mental Health Minister?

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Crikey says: this is not an election issue

Labor may be broken beyond anything Kevin Rudd could repair — as Bernard Keane argues today — but not-for-profit journalism is on the way up. We ask whether rich private schools should get “charity” perks, and we peruse the looming book-valanche on ALP woes. And don’t follow The Age’s guide to poisonous mushrooms …

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Cox to Gillard: take gender distractions off the menu

Feminist scholar Eva Cox argues the Women for Gillard campaign is a divisive distraction — and the Prime Minister’s attacks on Tony Abbott over abortion are a “red herring”.

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News’ abortion splash fails: doctor a DLP member

A Melbourne doctor with stunning claims about gender-based abortion didn’t tell News Limited about his pro-life views. Or that he’s a member of the anti-abortion Democratic Labor Party.

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‘Abortion pill’ RU486 likely to be listed on the PBS — for now

The long campaign to provide Australian women with access to medical abortion will near an end today — but what will an Abbott government do on RU486?

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In defence of anti-abortion protesters’ right to free speech

Yes, they can be upsetting and distressing. But anti-abortion protesters have as much right to demonstrate outside a clinic as anyone else — that’s what free speech is.

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How anti-choice lobbyists are posing as defenders of women

Senator John Madigan’s attempt to exploit sex-selective abortion mirrors similar efforts overseas — despite any evidence it’s a problem. Crikey looks to the US for Madigan’s cues.

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DLP Senator’s anti-abortion bill likely to have little impact

A DLP senator is tabling a bill to strip public funding from abortions which are based on the sex of the foetus. But experts say the move is symbolic and the practice may not even exist here.

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Abortion underground in Indonesia, where the law is no guide

Abortion is brutal business in Indonesia. While Australian aid dollars go to prenatal and postnatal health, the country’s legal framework leaves women with nowhere to turn, writes freelance journalist Beau Donelly.

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What is feminism debate lets an issue go begging

The “40 Days for Life” protest was an anti-abortion “vigil” organised across the Western world.

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Blaming women not the answer to abortion law reform

For too long, the Queensland Parliament has relied on the exercise of discretion by police to not prosecute abortion crimes, write EMILY’s Listers Tanja Kovac and Hutch Hussein.

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