Verbal abuse a problem in New Zealand schools

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Stuff 12 June 2015 Verbal abuse is the biggest bullying problem children face at school, a new survey of New Zealand’s school kids reveals. More than 18,000 children from years 5 to 13 took part in the CensusAtSchool project that asked them 35 questions, including on how much of a problem different types of […]

Euthanasia and the vulnerable

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A short but powerful depiction of how legalised euthanasia harms the vulnerable members of our community

Don’t Use My Pain as a Weapon: Infertility and Same-Sex Marriage

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Public Discourse 11 June 2015 Infertility does not invalidate our marriage, but we constantly experience infertility as an inability to fulfill a basic aspect of marriage. It is a loss for us in a way that it can never be for a same-sex couple. Our relationship is ordered toward having children, even though it is […]

“Every human being, made in the image of God” – Pro-abortion Obama

barack obama 11 June 2015 President Obama is the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history, a glimpse of which we were able to see before he even stepped foot in the oval office. As a senator, Barack Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, not once or twice, but four times. In other words, […]

Govt cash to help hospice better assist terminally ill

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Bay of Plenty Times 10 June 2015 The Waipuna Hospice is set to receive a boost in government funding but the organisation is running at capacity. Patient numbers have increased 13.6 per cent in the past year and new referrals have jumped 15.5 per cent. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said an extra $2.8 million was […]

Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme

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Public Discourse 10 June 2015 For forty years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School—twenty-six of which were also spent as Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital—I’ve been studying people who claim to be transgender. Over that time, I’ve watched the phenomenon change and expand in remarkable ways. […]

No guarantee cannabis treatment will work for teen in coma

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OneNews 11 June 2015 There is no guarantee an experimental cannabidiol treatment that will be used on a Nelson teenager in an induced coma will work, experts say. Doctors treating 19-year-old Alex Renton have been given approval by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne for the one-off use of Elixinol, a cannabidiol (CBD) product from the United […]

Euthanasia – the devil is in the detail

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Editorial: NZ Herald 11 June 2015 Nobody in Parliament except Act’s David Seymour is anxious to take up the euthanasia cause in the wake of the Lecretia Seales case, and no wonder. More experienced MPs have seen previous private member’s bills on this subject and know that inexpertly drafted bills cannot deal with all the […]

Approval for cannabis treatment on ‘compassionate grounds’

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OneNews 9 June 2015 A Nelson teenager in an induced coma has been granted the one-off use of cannabis treatment to help his condition after the Government approved the drug on “compassionate grounds”. Today, Associate Minister of Health Hon Peter Dunne granted the use of Elixinol, a cannabidiol (CBD) product from the United States, to […]

The Prospects for Polygamy

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New York Times 30 May 2015 The acceptance of polygamy has more than doubled. Now admittedly, that last one is an outlier: Support for plural matrimony rose to 16 percent from 7 percent, a swift rise but still a very low number. Polygamy is bobbing forward in social liberalism’s wake, but it’s a long way […]