Into the River banned: Award-winning sex and drugs teen novel off the shelves

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NZ Herald 7 September 2015 New Zealand’s censorship review board has slapped an interim ban on a book for the first time since the current law was passed 22 years ago, potentially igniting a new wave of restrictions on sexually explicit books. The president of the Film and Literature Board of Review, Dr Don Mathieson, […]

Mum Wanted to Die So She Wouldn’t Be a Burden – But Convincing Her to Live Gave Us Both a Gift Beyond Measure

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The Huffington Post 3 September 2015 As she lay in the hospice, ghostly pale and apparently slipping away before my eyes, my mother was adamant. ‘I just want to die,’ had become her repeated refrain. She was 84, suffering from advanced breast cancer and didn’t want chemotherapy. As far as she was concerned, the end […]

More gaining courage to express their true selves

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NZ Herald 6 September 2015 Whitehead is among a small community that has for years lived in secret and fear, and fought for recognition. But the tide is beginning to turn. Keeping up with the Kardashians‘ star and former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn has been everywhere – the Vanity Fair magazine cover, […]

San Francisco Elementary School Creates ‘Gender-Neutral’ Bathrooms

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Daily Signal 4 September 2015 A San Francisco elementary school has created gender-neutral bathrooms for its students in kindergarten and first grade, the “Today” show reported Friday. Miraloma Elementary School decided to transform two single-stall facilities that had been divided by gender in the classroom into two gender-neutral facilities. Now, any student can use either bathroom. […]

Why parents should be told when their 15 year old has an abortion

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NZ Doctor 3 September 2015 “One day my daughter didn’t come home on the bus.” Chilling for any parent. In this instance and without parental knowledge or consent, a mother’s 15-year-old daughter had been taken during school hours to another town for an abortion. This was only revealed to the family when the daughter attempted […]

Wealthy sperm donor fears contact from more than two dozen offspring

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Stuff 4 September 2015 A wealthy sperm donor who has more than 24 children is pleading with Australia’s Victorian government to keep his identity secret because he fears his offspring will want to contact him and establish relationships. The sperm donor is threatening legal action over the Government’s controversial plan to release the personal […]

Suspended from job for not serving alcohol —against her Muslim beliefs.


Muslim Civil Liberties Group Claims Airline Violated Flight Attendant’s Constitutional Rights CBS Detroit 1 September 2015 A Muslim flight attendant has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO) claiming she was suspended from her job for not serving alcohol — which is against her religious beliefs. Lena Masri, an attorney for the Council of American […]

Daily pot smoking on U.S. college campuses at 35-year high: study

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Reuters 1 September 2015 The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday. Nearly 6 percent of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, up from 3.5 percent in 2007 but […]

More than 150 students walk out of classes to protest boy using girls’ locker room

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LifeSiteNews 3 September 2015 At least 150 students, many backed by their parents, walked out of school earlier this week to protest a boy’s use of a female locker room. And while Lila Perry, who believes himself to be female, says his detractors are acting out of “pure and simple bigotry,” others say the situation […]

Karl du Fresne: Our abortion laws encourage deceit

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Stuff 4 September 2015 | OPINION: Mention abortion and a lot of people metaphorically block their ears and start humming loudly. At the very sight of the word in this column, some readers will probably turn the page and move on. But this is an issue that refuses to go away. It was re-ignited […]