Federal Opposition frontbencher Tony Abbott has accused Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of betraying Christian voters by allowing a ban on overseas aid for abortion services to be overturned.
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith has decided that Australian aid money can now be used to fund abortion services if terminations are allowed under local laws.
Mr Rudd told Government MPs that he does not personally agree with the decision, but recognises that the majority of his colleagues do not share his view.
But Mr Abbott says the Prime Minister now looks two-faced.
“He said before the election that religious values should be at the centre of the public square,” Mr Abbott said.
“After the election he has betrayed those values, his Government has abandoned those values, and I think that Christian voters who took him seriously have every right to feel let down.”
Now it might just be me (which it often is), however I wasn’t aware that the nation’s Christians were united in their stance against abortion. Sure, it’s common knowledge that Catholics generally are opposed to abortion, however to suggest that this is the widely held view of ALL Christians or religious people by Tony Abbott is presumptious to say the least.
Also, we’re talking about the funds being used in countries where abortion is legal.
It seems like this is just another example of Tony Abbott expecting his own religious views to be inflicted upon not only people living in Australia, but now in other countries where we provide financial aid.
But wait there’s more:
Mr Abbott said there were “better uses” for Australian aid money and Christian voters had a right to feel deceived by Mr Rudd’s claim to hold conservative values.
“I think they are entitled to say he is a phoney based on this government decision.”