UK Unions: Do not make gender abortion a crime

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MailOnline 23 February 2015 MPs will today discuss the planned change to the 1967 Abortion Act which has been tabled by Conservative MP Fiona Bruce. More than 100 colleagues have pledged their support to the change. Union leaders are telling MPs to vote against a proposed ban on aborting babies on the grounds of their […]

Nearly half of GPs back euthanasia – survey

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3News 20 February 2015 Nearly half of Kiwi doctors are in favour of euthanasia, or physician-assisted dying (PAD), according to a survey covered in the New Zealand Medical Journal today. This lags well behind public support for PAD, which was measured at 82 percent in January by researchers at the University of Auckland. But the […]

Florist who rejected same-sex wedding job broke Washington law, judge rules


LA Times 18 February 2015 A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, citing religious reasons, violated consumer protection laws, a judge ruled Wednesday.. The lawsuit, filed in 2013 by Washington Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson, centered on Arlene’s Flowers, a shop in eastern Washington that refused to provide flowers for […]

New voice launched for disabled people opposed to euthanasia

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Yahoo News 19 February 2015 Not Dead Yet Aotearoa, (NDYA) a new voice for disabled people in euthanasia and assisted suicide issues, has launched today. The organisation opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide laws and policies in New Zealand and advocates for the equal value of disabled lives. This launch is very timely, says NDYA convener, […]

Money in the bank, fewer buns in oven: Why women are having fewer babies

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NZ Herald 19 February 2015 Babies are going out of fashion again as Kiwi women increasingly put work and study ahead of childbearing. New Zealand’s total fertility rate – the average number of births a woman would have in her lifetime based on current fertility rates for each age group – dropped from 2.01 babies […]

Digital addiction a growing trend in New Zealand – survey

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NZ Herald 19 February 2015 A new consumer behaviour survey backs other research that there is a growth of “digital dependency” in New Zealand, according to a leading academic. Online interaction is overtaking real-life socialisation and lack of access to the internet is causing anxiety for some Kiwis, according to the results of a Canstar […]

50 Shades? The Neurological Consequences of Sadomasochism

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Public Discourse 17 February 2015 Another strange sign of our age appeared more recently, with the enormous popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold an astonishing 100 million copies, and set a record in the UK as the fastest-selling paperback of all time. The story depicts a young female ingénue who is gradually […]

Feminists urge boycott of Fifty Shades of Grey

50 shades boycott 9 February 2015 A feminist group will protest the Fifty Shades of Grey movie premiere in Madison this week, joining an international chorus of voices criticizing the film’s BDSM storyline for perpetuating violence against women. Radical Alliance of Women, a Melbourne, Australia-based direct action group, is organizing Fifty Shades demonstrations in Scotland, England, Australia and across the United […]

Garth George: Sordid little film not worth fuss

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NZ Herald 18 February 2015 IT IS no surprise that men and women in their thousands are flocking to see the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, which was released here on Thursday. Or that those who set themselves up as the guardians of our morals are issuing stern warnings and recommending boycotts. … Why this […]

Psychosis five times more likely for cannabis users: UK study

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Sydney Morning Herald 17 February 2015 A British study released on Monday suggested that the risk of psychosis was five times higher for regular users of cannabis, adding to a growing body of evidence linking drug use and mental health disorders. The six-year study published in the medical journal The Lancet reported on 780 people […]