No U-turn on abortion: Abbott

TONY Abbott says he will not wind back the clock on abortion law should he become prime minister, and argues his personal evolution has been in a ''reassuring'' direction for progressives.

The Opposition Leader has rejected feminist academic Susan Mitchell's recent accusation that he would use high office to impose conservative social values on the country. Mr Abbott says Australians need only look at his record to find reassurance, and becoming prime minister does not make a person ''less predictable''. Becoming prime minister normally makes politicians ''more responsible, more conscious of their obligations to the wider world and particularly to the totality of the Australian community.''

Mr Abbott has told The Age he will not turn back the clock on abortion laws. ''Look at the record in government. It didn't happen.'' And it won't happen? ''No.'' End of story? ''End of story.''

Read more: