Bill to stop sex offenders changing names set to pass first reading

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NZ Herald 2 December 2015 A bill which will prevent convicted child sex offenders from changing their names is set to pass its first hurdle tonight. National, New Zealand First and the Act Party have indicated they will support National MP Jian Yang’s private member’s bill, meaning it has the numbers to pass its first […]

Too much screen time is biggest health concern for kids, parents say

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The Age 2 December 2015 Worried parents have nominated excessive screen time as their biggest health fear for children, higher than drug use, asthma and cancer. The poll of 2000 adults by the Royal Children’s Hospital also found parents were six times more likely to be concerned about obesity in children other than their own. The survey asked people to rate 29 childhood health […]

Midweek Update – Community Standards, NZ’s longest married couple, euthanasia, Mindfulness, and Gardasil

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We trust you’re having a good week! Just a few items of interest below that we wanted to make you aware of. Please note: If you would like to keep up to date with our media releases and the issues we’re highlighting on our websites and blogs, you can receive them as soon as they’re published. […]

Judges demand answers after children die in controversial cancer vaccine trial in India

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MailOnline 16 January 2015 Judges in India’s Supreme Court have demanded answers after children died during a controversial cervical cancer vaccine trial. Young tribal girls received shots of pharmaceutical company Merck’s Gardasil vaccine and Cervarix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. The vaccines are given to girls as young as nine in many countries – including the UK […]

The insane message legalizing ‘death with dignity’ sends to the suicidal

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LifeSiteNews 16 November 2015 I’d like the defenders of euthanasia and so-called “death with dignity” to explain something to me. How is the legalization and relentless promotion of “assisted suicide” not the “glorification of suicide”? I’m tired of all of transparently mindless babble about how “assisted suicide” is not a slippery slope. The phrase itself […]

Does High-Potency Marijuana Do More Damage To The Brain?

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Forbes.com 28 November 2015 There’s been a long and heated debate about whether marijuana actually triggers long-term changes in a person, both neurologically and psychologically. Some research has found that pot is linked to psychotic symptoms, and it’s certainly been linked to schizophrenia across multiple studies. However, it’s a bit of a chicken-or-egg problem, since it can […]

Are paedophiles’ brains wired differently?

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BBC News 24 November 2015 There has been immense concern in recent years over the scale of child sexual abuse. But even after years of study and investigation there’s still disagreement over what causes paedophiles to be the way they are, writes Richard Sanders. “People, they think ‘why should we help the paedophile? We should […]

Repealing Canada’s ‘spanking law’ urged again

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Yahoo News 26 November 2015 The federal government has no immediate plans to review section 43 of the Criminal Code, despite renewed calls to repeal Canada’s so-called spanking law. The Code states “every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a […]

Female teacher jailed for 10 years for sexually violating boy

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NZ Herald 27 November 2015 A female teacher who sexually violated and manipulated a boy was no better than male predators who abused girls, a court heard today. Stacey Reriti was sentenced to more than 10 years in jail for her exploitation of a boy who was only 10 when the offending started in 2011. […]

Dad demands abortion after surrogate learns she’s having triplets

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Fox News 25 November 2015 A man who paid a surrogate to have his baby became overwhelmed when he learned she was having triplets — and demanded the woman abort one of the fetuses while threatening her with financial ruin, she claims. “They are human beings. I bonded with these kids. This is just not […]

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