A senior Australian lawmaker apologized Wednesday for saying a female politician did not deserve a leadership role because she had decided against having children.
Bill Heffernan, a close friend of Prime Minister John Howard, had described Julia Gillard, the deputy leader of the opposition Labor Party, as "deliberately barren."
"I apologize to Julia Gillard and anyone else who was offended by my completely inappropriate and insensitive remarks," he said.
PM Howard said it doesn't matter whether a politician is a parent or not.
"I don't approve of those sort of remarks and I made that very clear," the conservative leader told reporters.
Gillard, who has said she might have became a mother if she had fallen in love with a man who wanted children, dismissed Heffernan as old-fashioned and has not asked for an apology.
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