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David van Gend

David van Gend is a family doctor in Toowoomba and a frequent contributor to Australian debates on bioethics in newspapers, radio and television. In the last seven years he has given expert testimony to Senate Committees – against embryo experimentation, against the abortion drug RU486, in defence of pro-life pregnancy support services, against human cloning, against government funding of late-term abortion, and against euthanasia. He is a spokesman for the Family Council of Queensland on same-sex surrogacy and gay marriage. Australian Doctor once described him as one of the country’s “50 most intriguing GPs”. He and his wife Jane have three sons.

People with unwanted same-sex attraction should be free to choose
12 Feb 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, conversion therapy, homosexuality, sexual orientation, Victoria
Desire to bring sexual impulses and behaviour into line with broader values should be respected, not shut down by ideologues

Ireland abandons its children
25 May 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Ireland, same-sex marriage
Motherless and fatherless families are now enshrined as an ideal in the Irish Constitution.

Who will apologise to the ‘Motherless Generation’?
30 Mar 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting
And why did a TV network refuse to run this innocuous advertisement?

Cool heads are needed on the abortion-breast cancer link
27 Aug 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, breast cancer, media frenzy, prostate cancer
Ostracism, scorn and denial are not good strategies for dealing with an important public health issue.

Is the gay bullying plague in schools a myth?
29 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bullying, gay-straight alliances, homosexuality, safe schools
An Australian doctor questions "safe school" and"gay-straight alliance" programs.

Repudiating the calculated decision to deprive children of mothers
8 May 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, same-sex marriage
You must watch this hard-hitting video by an Australian doctor.

“Above all liberties”
14 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, free speech
Free speech is at the heart of a self-governing society.

Let the people decide on gay “marriage”
30 Oct 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage referendum
All Australians deserve a vote on whether children should have both a mother and a father.

The marriage of two men means a motherless child
5 Jun 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, same-sex adoption, same-sex parenting
I write as a family doctor for whom the question of same-sex marriage centres on one fact: that the marriage of two men means a motherless family.

Unhealthy notions
19 Sep 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: gay health, same-sex marriage
Why is it so hard to admit that gay health and life expectancy are far below average?

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