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Thursday, 13 November 2008
Page: 19

Senator BERNARDI (11:02 AM) —I do not support abortion because I believe it violates the most basic human right, and that is the right to life. I find the notion, advanced by some in the evidence they put forward, of killing unborn children because they have a disability or are in some way less than perfect grotesquely offensive. I think it is offensive and an insult to every Australian with a disability and those that love and care for them. As the coalition spokesman for disabilities, I have spent the last 12 months fighting for those with a disability and their carers, and I am disappointed that this insult has been advanced. (Time expired)

I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.