"You know the damage that the chemicals in cigarettes do to a fully-grown adult. Imagine what they do to a baby the size of a thumb."
Do those words mean that the Australian Government now recognises that an embryo is in fact a baby and not just a blob of cells?
Why so? Because these words are taken from a recent full page Quitline advertisement (described therein as being "authorised by the Australian Government") in a popular and widely read Australian women's magazine ( Women's Day).
The advert portrays a large, three-dimensional, ultrasound colour image of a baby in the womb. At the bottom of the image are these words in large type: "When you smoke, she gets less oxygen." One could readily add: "And when you have an abortion, she gets no oxygen".
FR M. DURHAM
Retired priest, Qld