The Australian Senate has passed a bill that would mean that the Minister of Health wouldn't personally get to veto RU 486 (the abortion drug). Currently it's up to the Catholic Minister of Health to sign off on its safety, and its suitability for Australian women ($10 for anyone who can't guess what he decided).
Personally I'm not sure why someone would choose RU 486 over surgical abortion. Surgical abortion is quicker and safer. But guess what? I'm not having other women's abortions, so I don't get a say (and the Male Catholic Minister of Health isn't having anyone's abortions).
I've listened to bits of the debate on National Radio, and avoided crashing my car in fury, so I guess I'm growing as a person. But I have a shortlist of people most likely to cause me to have a traffic accident:
The Finance Minister who used the fact his girlfriend had had an abortion when they were in a relationship to justify his vote against the bill.
George Brandis wanted to correct the 'fallacies' of this debate, one of which was:
Because this is an issue that directly affects women, it is an issue where the point of view of women carries greater weight than the point of view of menAbsolutely, I wouldn't want anyone to think that my view on my body was important.