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.