MEDIA RELEASE: ABC Play School celebrates the “Motherless Generation”

“There is nothing to celebrate about two little girls being deprived of their mother by two gay men”, said Dr David van Gend, a GP and President of the Australian Marriage Forum.

“The Play School episode[1] on Thursday 28th showed two little girls saying how much they love going to the pool with their “two dads”, but it doesn’t ask either child the only question that matters: “Where is your mother?”

“Is her genetic mother an anonymous egg donor in India and her birth mother an unknown Australian surrogate? Should a little girl be made to miss out on the love of her mother just because two gay men want a baby?

“No matter how competent each of the men might be, neither can be a mother to a little child; they cannot guide her as a mother would when she is growing from girl to woman, nor model for her the complex relationship of husband and wife.

“What sort of a society allows two men to obtain a child by artificial reproduction, deliberately depriving that child of her mother?  While some states rightly prohibit same-sex surrogacy (e.g. WA) or IVF (e.g. SA) or even adoption (e.g. Qld), it needs to be uniformly banned across the country”, Dr van Gend said.

“What sort of a national broadcaster would portray that situation to kids as being normal, natural and right? Evenly in the sense of statistical normality, the Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us that only one in a hundred couples is same-sex and only one in a thousand children is raised by same-sex couples, 0.1%.[2] Your ABC massively inflates that to give gay dads a 25% share in its “My Family, Your Family” series.

“Of course little girls will tell the Play School cameraman how much they love having two dads; they have no option, if their emotional world is not to collapse. Only as adults would they be independent enough to express their grief at the loss of a mother, and even then their viewpoint is unlikely to be listened to. As one such adult, Heather Barwick, said last year, “If we say we are hurting because we were raised by same-sex parents, we are either ignored or labeled a hater.”[3]

"The ABC should not conscript emotionally vulnerable children to serve their progressive agenda on gay ‘marriage’ and gay parenting,” Dr van Gend concluded.


[1] ABC Play School 28/7/16
[2] ABS data on same-sex couples and parenting
[3] Barwick H, Dear gay community, your kids are hurting, The Federalist, March 17th 2015

Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting

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