‘TRANSANITY': Heard of ‘transabled’? You will soon.

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National Post 3 June 2015 When he cut off his right arm with a “very sharp power tool,” a man who now calls himself One Hand Jason let everyone believe it was an accident. But he had for months tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own, […]

Bill English votes no to euthanasia


3News 7 June 2015 Finance Minister Bill English says he’ll vote against any legislation allowing euthanasia in New Zealand. The death of Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales from natural causes on Friday just hours after her family were advised the High Court had not ruled in her favour in an attempt to choose when she could […]

‘It’s a major shift in public policy’

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NZ Herald 7 June 2015 Euthanasia-Free NZ has welcomed the court ruling on Lecretia Seales’ bid to allow a doctor to help her die. The group said it commended Justice David Collins on upholding the law, and agreed legislative change is the role of parliament, not the courts. Ms Seales died on Friday morning, shortly […]

An African-American Woman Reflects on the Transgender Movement

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Public Discourse 4 June 2015 My parents never bought Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, or Snow White. They weren’t stories told in our house or movies played on our TV. There was no Princess Tiana then, but my parents only showed us films with “colored” princesses: Mulan (Asian), Pocahontas (Native American), and Jasmine (Arab). We also […]

No, you can’t get treatment for your child’s gender confusion (Ontario)

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National Post 2 June 2015 The toddler — “Carter,” not her real name — was only two years old when she told her parents, “I am a boy.” They weren’t alarmed at first, but as her fixed idea persisted, concern set in. When, age seven, Carter punched her vagina in anger, they sought family therapy […]

Caitlyn Jenner shines a light on Samoan fa’afafine

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Stuff co.nz 6 June 2015 It’s not all about Caitlyn Jenner – Samoans need to have their own conversation about fa’afafine role models. An open letter written by the world’s first transgender woman to play in a Fifa World Cup football qualifier match, American Samoan Jaiyah Saelua, has caused a stir in the Pacific community. […]

Hot-car death: ‘Death is punishment enough’ – Family First


NZ Herald 5 June 2015 A Wanganui health professional who pleaded guilty to manslaughter after her child was left in a hot car has been discharged without conviction. Before Justice Simon France in the High Court at Wanganui this morning, the woman began crying at the first mention of the boy’s name. The court heard […]

Chester Borrows: Parents ‘really need to know’

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NZ Herald 29 May 2015 THE power of one person to change their world can start with the smallest conversation. During the election campaign, I held a public meeting in Stratford. A mum approached me about a tragic situation involving her daughter, who had been referred for an abortion facilitated by the public health nurse […]

Euthanasia campaigner dies of natural causes

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Stuff co.nz 5 June 2015 Prime Minister John Key is among those who have paid tribute to Lecretia Seales, the 42-year-old Wellington lawyer with terminal brain cancer who died early on Friday from natural causes. Key expressed his deepest sympathies to the family, friends and supporters of Seales. “Cancer is a terrible disease for those […]

Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

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The Independent 5 June 2015 When Caron Ryalls was asked to sign consent forms so that her then 13-year-old daughter, Emily, could be vaccinated against cervical cancer, she assumed it was the best way to protect Emily’s long-term health. Yet the past four years have turned into a nightmare for the family as Emily soon suffered side […]