Is porn immoral? That doesn’t matter: It’s a public health crisis.


Washington Post 8 April 2016 Family First Comment: “… no matter what you think of pornography (whether it’s harmful or harmless fantasy), the science is there. After 40 years of peer-reviewed research, scholars can say with confidence that porn is an industrial product that shapes how we think about gender, sexuality, relationships, intimacy, sexual violence […]

Haven to help sex workers being launched in Palmerston North

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Stuff 8 April 2016 Family First Comment: Fantastic initiative. Pity the prostitution law has exacerbated the harm and risk.  “It might be big money, the night life, bright lights, that sort of thing. The night life and the money is good, but it’s not worth it. The guilt that you carry inside – women […]

Dopey thinking – $245m in tax, but what about $601m in harm.

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Illicit drug trade worth $245m in tax, social harm study suggests NZ Herald 9 April 2016 Family First Comment:  “The Ministry of Health-commissioned drug index estimated that 388,000 Kiwis used illegal drugs – of which about 37 per cent were “polydrug” users, or those who used different illegal drugs.” (So making one legal won’t affect […]

Mother and son reunite, fall in love

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NZ Herald 9 April 2016 Family First Comment: So they want to marry. Two consenting adults. They love each other. Marriage equality. What’s the problem? #justasking #veryslipperyslope A mother who was reunited with her son after giving him up for adoption more than 30 years ago says the pair are in love and trying for […]

Former prostitutes call for ban to industry

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NZ Herald 8 April 2016 Family First Comment: “A growing group of survivors and abolitionists say they are disturbed at pro-sex trade lobbyists painting the industry as a profession, chosen by autonomous women because it makes them feel empowered.” Exactly! Which is why prosecuting the buyer is the most efficient and effective way to proceed. […]

Labour MP drafts medicinal cannabis Bill

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NewsHub 8 April 2016 Family First Comment: Not a good bill at all. Loose as a goose. The current regulations under the Act just need to be applied better. No need to change the law. A Labour MP has drafted a Bill to make it easier for patients to access medicinal cannabis products. Damien O’Connor […]

Daniel Kuebler: IVF, Designer Babies, and Commodifying Human Life


Public Discourse 7 April 2016 Earlier this year, when the UK Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority gave the green light to genetic modification experiments using excess human embryos from IVF procedures, it generated little popular backlash. Maybe this should not be surprising given that it followed on the coattails of widespread acceptance for using excess […]

The hypocrisy of businesses like PayPal

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Franklin Graham: ‘PayPal Gets Hypocrite of the Year Award’ for Boycotting North Carolina over Transgender Bathroom Bill The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that PayPal deserves “the hypocrite of the year award” for its refusal to expand its business to Charlotte, North Carolina after the state passed a controversial transgender bathroom bill. The Blaze reports […]

Tolerance – but only if we agree with you

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Family First vows to fight move to de-register it as charity


NewsTalk ZB 7 April 2016 Having fought through the courts last year to be recognised as a charity, lobby group Family First must go through the process again. The Charities Board has sent the group notification that it doesn’t consider the Trust continues to qualify for registration, as it has an independent purpose to promote […]