Richard Dawkins: It’s immoral to allow Down’s syndrome babies to be born

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NZ Herald 21 August 2014 Richard Dawkins, the atheist writer, has claimed it is “immoral” to allow unborn babies with Down’s syndrome to live. The professor posted a message on Twitter saying would-be parents who learn their child has the condition have an ethical responsibility to “abort it and try again”. His comments were dismissed […]

How choosing life changed everything

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New York Post 18 August 2014 Last week I dropped off my son Eli for his first day of Kindergarten — got him out of the car and into his wheelchair and rolled him into the classroom. It was the proudest day of my life, and of course brought to mind the hardest days — […]

Successful marriages linked to wedding size and fewer premarital sexual relations – Study

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Christian Post 19 August 2014 Successful marriages are linked to wedding size and premarital sexual relations, a new study from University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project finds. Those with happy marriages were more likely to have had a large number of guests at their wedding and have had fewer romantic relationships prior to getting married, […]

Marijuana: science, not hype, will clear the haze

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MercatorNet 20 August 2014 Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational use. As a result, the belief that marijuana use is “no big deal” has become increasingly pervasive in the United States. Just over half of Americans support federal legalization of marijuana and, perhaps not […]

Suicide figures at seven-year low

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3News 20 August 2014 New Zealand’s suicide stats are still “stubbornly high” despite being at a seven-year low, the chief coroner says. Provisional annual suicide figures released this morning show the total deaths for the year ending June 30 was 529 – the lowest number by two since the figures were first produced in 2007. […]

Christians Actually Far Less Likely to Divorce


CharismaNews 18 August 2014 This is a game-changer. Talk about “an old wives’ tale.” You’ve heard it said that 1) 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, 2) most marriages that do happen to make it are, nonetheless, unhappy, and 3) Christians are just as likely to divorce as nonbelievers. These claims, long understood […]

Legal Marijuana for Parents, but Not Their Kids

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New York Times 18 August 2014 When the antidrug educator Tim Ryan talks to students, he often asks them what they know about marijuana. “It’s a plant,” is a common response. But more recently, the answer has changed. Now they reply, “It’s legal in Colorado.” These are confusing times for middle and high school students, […]

The moral problems of surrogacy

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MercatorNet 12 August 2014 The moral problems of surrogacy There are many other conflicts underlying this case. In reality, surrogate motherhood represents a failure to meet the obligations of maternal love, marital fidelity and responsible motherhood. That is to say, carrying a pregnancy involves a unique relationship to the child in which the woman becomes […]

NZ tourism boosted by same-sex marriage

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OneNews 19 August 2014 The tourism industry has been given a boost by the legislation of gay marriage with new figures revealing a quarter of same-sex couples married have been Australian. Nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have been married since the passing of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act one year ago. The Department of […]

Outsourcing pregnancy

surrogacy barcode 27 January 2011 It all started with a bit of miscalculated PR. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, upon expressing their gratitude to the woman who carried the newest addition to their family, Faith Margaret, made the mistake of calling the surrogate mother by her proper medical industry name: a “gestational carrier”. The  outcry in […]