Two senior South Australian Liberal MPs have responded to a federal Liberal senator, who attacked their push for abortion reform in the state as “brutal” and “unconscionable”.
South Australian Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Vickie Chapman, and Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink, have co-authored a damning response to Senator Alex Antic, saying he does not understand the history or principles of the Liberal Party, and that his attack on their abortion reform is insulting to women.
Without mincing words, Chapman and Lensink replied that, “the question now is not whether termination should be lawful. That was settled over 50 years ago. The correct question is how do we bring the law in line with medical advances and allow for best clinical care.”
“You write of the Liberal Party [you] know – it is unfortunate as a Liberal Party representative that you do not know the Party’s history and further that you believe the membership to be comprised solely of views that align with your own,” they wrote.
“You state we are not a Party of the radical Left. Nor are we a Party of the extreme Right that is beholden to sectional interests.