The issues that confront us the most often require asking the hardest questions. Many such questions have been asked in relation to the contentious abortion debate in recent days.

In yesterday’s The Australian reader Peter Davidson asked in a letter to the editor, “Have we gone completely mad?” in relation to the conviction this week of Keli Lane for the murder of her young child. He speaks not of the murder charge, but reflects on the inconsistency between the way a child is treated before and after birth:

“Presumably, if she had simply had an abortion days, weeks or months earlier (as she in fact did with other pregnancies), there would have been no problem, yet the same child would have been deprived of her future. So her crime was not really one of killing, merely of timing.”

Meanwhile, Hilary White asks elsewhere, “how complicit are we when we accept these political realities?” These realities are the evils that take place in our culture, in particular abortion, with a complacent population marked by a ““personally opposed but…” culture”.

In a very confronting article, she argues that, “moral relativism – the idea that morality can be a flexible thing subject to individual circumstances and personal preference – has become the guiding principle, or perhaps anti-principle, for most people in our culture”.

And today, we learn that “Australian Taxes Fund Abortions in Mongolia”, with the release of answers to questions on notice put by Queensland Senator Ron Boswell to Senate Estimates hearings in October.

The answers reveal that Marie Stopes International Australia, the Australian arm of a prominent global abortion provider, has so far been granted over $60,000 of Australian aid money in this financial year for “Capacity building, service delivery training including drug and equipment supply (new activity)” in Mongolia i.e. for abortion drugs and equipment.

ACL and supporters of life had fought a strong campaign during the life of the Rudd Government to prevent Australian aid dollars funding overseas abortions. With so many people overseas living in poverty and dying of hunger and disease, it seems doubly tragic that some of our scarce aid resources are now directed at terminating human life.