Month: November 2014

State rejects sex ed changes

NZ Herald 16 November 2014 New guidelines for sex education will be released in a few weeks, but the Government will shy away from ordering schools to teach more than basic biology. The Ministry of Education is due to release…

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Study reveals better maternal health possible where abortion prohibited by law

LifeSiteNews 14 November 2014 A report based on new research from Chile demonstrates that legal abortions are not any safer than illegal abortions. Researchers at the MELISA Institute have analyzed data which shows “that not only abortion-related mortality continued its…

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Children share nude pictures online

Stuff co.nz 15 November 2014 Parents need to be aware that primary school-aged children are using social media sites to share naked images of themselves, an internet watchdog says. Netsafe co-launched a guide yesterday to help parents understand the popular…

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The Dangers of Cannabis

NZCPR 9 November 2014 Last week in Parliament the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill passed its first reading and was referred to the Health Select Committee. The bill contained a section banning sunbed use for young people under the age of 18. Such…

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Legal Analysis Sets Up Challenge To Smacking Law

SMACKING CASES HIT GOOD PARENTS – Legal Expert Media Release 17 Nov 2014 An independent legal analysis of court cases involving prosecutions for smacking since the anti-smacking law was passed has found that the anti-smacking law is complicated, difficult to apply,…

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Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

The Federalist 11 November 2014 Everyone has regrets. Some of us have big regrets. Most everyone has some place to go to get help dealing with them. Except for, say, a guy who had sex-change surgery and now would like…

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A win for big marijuana is a major loss for children

MercatorNet 13 November 2014 For decades, popular media has excelled in reporting the harms of tobacco use, and generated significant positive peer pressure to break and/or avoid the habit among adults and youth alike. As a result, Big Tobacco has…

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Parents take school board to court over transgender policy (Canada)

Vancouver Sun 12 November 2014 Three Vancouver parents are taking the Vancouver School Board to court in a bid to quash a controversial policy that provided more support for transgender students. Xiaofeng Huang, Yuen Ching Li and Shaohui Liu have…

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Gadgets before bed ruins teen’s sleep – study

NZ Herald 13 November 2014 The more teenagers use gadgets before bedtime, the worse their sleep patterns get, a study shows. But researchers say parents need only cleanse their kids’ bedrooms of technology in the most extreme cases. Teens who…

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Assisted Suicide: Is there a suicide contagion effect?

Alex Schadenberg 11 November 2014 It is well established that a single suicide can encourage other suicides, which is called a “suicide contagion.” If the additional suicides use the same method, they are “copy cat” suicides. Moreover, as explained below,…

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