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Aborting Muslims from society

By Taya Fabijanic - posted Thursday, 16 February 2006

God forbid we should abort ourselves out of existence.

We might do this because we no longer want children, because our child-less lifestyles are more important, perhaps because we will no longer fit into size 10 jeans. Maybe we want 14 days off work, or worse yet, school.

But according to Danna Vale, the reason beyond all reasons for not taking an abortion pill is that we don’t want the Muslims to take over.


The Federal Liberal backbencher revealed this week that the introduction of RU486 into the Australian public would aid a higher birth rate among Muslims and weaken the birth rate of “ourselves”.

But Mrs Vale. There is a very good reason why Muslims won’t be having many babies.

Like most other Australians, they can’t afford it. This is thanks to high real estate prices, income tax rates, the price of groceries, the cost of petrol, the cost of health care, child care, school fees, university fees, and of course, nappies.

They may be able to afford an abortion drug. But foregoing the religious restrictions, for the sake of the logic of Mrs Vale it would seem impossible for a Muslim woman taking RU486.

Like it is nearly impossible for a Muslim not to be suspected if they carry a large suitcase on a train carriage, for a Muslim woman not to be stared at if they wear a burqa (a head-to-toe covering with a mesh over the eyes) or a colourful hijab (a head covering that exposes the face). Or if two Muslim women with five children are walking through a shopping centre.

They are stared at for either perpetuating the racist stereotype or not.


And who is Mrs Vale’s source? An iman from a mosque in Lakemba, New South Wales. He is Muslim. He can authentically speak on behalf of all Muslims. On behalf of Shi’ites, Sunnis, Sudanese, Indonesians, Iranians, Iraqis, the whole gamut. Even on the nature of statistics. What he says is fact.

And who is she? She speaks for “us”. The non-Muslim “us”, and she lets us know in half-secret, like a protective aunt: don’t let your guard down girls by taking this abortion drug, the Muslims are comin’.

Danna Vale’s comment is one-half Catholic, one-half Pauline Hanson. And it equals 100 per cent racism. She used a flippant comment spoken by a religious figure to her own advantage: it is authentic because it is spoken by “one of their own”, and then turns it against “them”.

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Taya Fabijanic is a freelance journalist. She recently completed a Masters paper on the media representation of nation building in Afghanistan.

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