By Bronwyn O'Reilly
The most popular insult of the moment – in Australian politics, anyway – is for politicians to label their opponents ‘sexist’. Tony Abbott’s rejection of the RU-486 abortion pill back in 2005 when he was Health Minister has come back to haunt him. Abbott continues to maintain that he did not approve the use of RU-486 because of advice from the Chief Medical Officer that use of the pill was significantly more dangerous than surgical termination. This was despite the Australian Medical Association’s approval, and even though the pill was already in use in many countries around the world.