Call: 0123456789 | Email:

first_imgThe Age (Aust) 7 Dec 2011Postnatal depression in men could cause emotional and behavioural problems in their children, according to an Australian study that experts say shows fathers need to be checked for the condition. The study of more than 2600 families found that children whose fathers experienced depression when they were born were three times as likely as children without depressed fathers to have behaviour problems when they were between four and five. The study leader, Richard Fletcher, said the research found maternal and paternal postnatal depression often occurred at the same time, creating a ”worst case scenario” for their children. The study, published today in The Medical Journal of Australia, found that the 1.3 per cent of fathers experienced symptoms of depression when their children were born, compared with 2.6 per cent of mothers. read more

first_imgCitizenLink 11 June 2013The Justice Department (DOJ) decided Monday to comply with a judge’s ruling that allows anyone to buy a drug that may cause early abortions. The ruling says no one needs a prescription and minors do not require parental notification or consent to purchase the drug.The drug, marketed as Plan B and also referred to as the “morning after pill,” contains high levels of hormones, which have not been tested on pre-teens and teenage girls. The Obama administration previously argued that age limits were “common sense” for those wanting to buy Plan B without prescriptions. Plan B activist groups claim, however, that unrestricted access to the drug is a form of “reproductive justice.”“The DOJ’s decision comes at the same time a bill is pending in the U.S. Senate to prohibit the sale of some cough syrups to minors due to fear of abuse,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of issue analysis for CitizenLink. “So, teenage girls can be trusted with a powerful hormone drug available over the counter without medical supervision but not with cough syrup. This is yet another example of the politics of abortion above common sense.”  A district judge in April ordered the Obama Administration to drop its age requirement for buying Plan B. The Obama administration announced its appeal of the order in May, then reversed course.“President Obama has yet again sided with Planned Parenthood, his favorite political ally and the single largest distributor of Plan B drugs — drugs that can destroy a life,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Litigation Counsel Catherine Glenn Foster. “Whatever guides this administration in its decisions, it is apparently not the health and well-being of our daughters and granddaughters. The administration’s decision is nothing short of shameful.”In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved over-the-counter access to Plan B for women 18 and older, according to court documents. Those under 18 were required to have a prescription. The FDA was later ordered to make it available without a prescription to 17-year-olds.“It is irresponsible to advocate over-the-counter use of these high-potency drugs, which would make them available to anyone — including those predators who exploit young girls,” said Janice Shaw Crouse, director and senior fellow of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute. “Mark my words, it will not be long before we see girls and women forced to purchase Plan B for their abuser to keep them and others enslaved. This is a pimp, predator and pedophile’s dream — unlimited access to Plan B.” read more

first_imgNZ Herald 30 July 2013Parents battling to get their children back from state foster care are being stymied by two-month delays to get hold of their official files, a lobby group says.The Ministry of Social Development says it is still processing 1177 requests for current and historic client files under the Official Information Act, and estimates that responses to current cases “will be provided within two months”.Lobby group Positive Answers Needed In Crisis (Panic), which supports families dealing with the ministry’s Child, Youth and Family Service (CYF), says the delay means many cases are decided in the meantime on information that turns out to be incorrect.“In a number of cases where files are received, a number of errors in social workers’ file notes are seen,” said Panic co-founder Angie Rogerson. “Some could easily be proved as incorrect and could result in a very different court or family group conference outcome.”CYF has struggled with an almost fivefold increase in notifications of suspected child abuse and neglect over the past decade, from 27,500 in 2001-02 to 152,800 in 2011-12, as a result of increased public awareness and a policy change by police who now notify CYF of all cases where children live in a home where a domestic violence incident occurs.Many are multiple calls about the same families, and many require no further action. But even notifications of distinct individuals requiring further action have more than doubled, from 21,100 to 48,500. read more

first_imgThe Globe and Mail 2 June 2013While Canada’s polyamorists – people with multiple partners outside a religious context – do not face criminalization as do polygamists, it is not enough for them to be considered “just not illegal,” they said on Sunday.As the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association wrapped up its three-day convention, the first of it’s kind to be held in Canada, the association’s director and conference chair Zoe Duff said polyamorists hope to one day gain the same legal recognition as other couples.“It would be nice … to have households where our spouses are equal under the law, and moving forward in terms of pensions, and inheritances and property division,” she said.Unlike polygamy, there is no law in Canada that specifically bans polyamory. Polyamorists also distinguish themselves from polygamists, saying that while polygamy consists of men taking multiple wives usually within a religious context, polyamory is consensual, secular and egalitarian read more

first_imgNZ Herald 12 February 2014Amber-leigh Erasmus had Myrah when she was 17 years old.Amber-leigh Erasmus became a mother at 17 and while she wouldn’t give her daughter up for anything, she said better education could have made a huge difference to her life.She gave birth to Myrah in 2011 and spoke to the Herald at the time about her belief that giving sex education to young teenagers resulted in too many unplanned pregnancies.The Hibiscus Coast mum-of-one welcomed the “fantastic” news that teen pregnancies were declining.“I am so pleased to hear that girls are taking on board the information they are gaining from peers and sex education and being safe,” she said.“I personally had a fair share of sex education, but what I learned the hard way is that as a teenager we all have the idea in our heads that things ‘won’t happen to us’ when in fact it does.” read more

first_imgNewsHub 6 December 2017Family First Comment: Yet another reason that we need an expert panel to tackle the health issues around pornography www.PornInquiry.nzOne in four Kiwi teenage girls have been asked to share nude photos of themselves in the past year, a new report has found.The survey of “sexting” habits among Kiwi teens aged 14-17 also found one in seven boys were asked to send a nude or nearly nude picture.However, just four percent of the teens actually sent the pictures, according to the findings by online safety group Netsafe.“What we’ve found in the research is that although teens are being asked for nude images, only a minority are actually sending them,” the group’s chief executive Martin Cocker said on Wednesday.“Sending nude images in itself is often not the problem, it’s what can happen once those images leave your control.”He urged parents to talk to their children because it was important they understood the potential risks before making a decision to engage in this kind of behaviour.This was especially important given about half of the kids surveyed believed the sharing of nude images happened “often” or “very often”.READ MORE: read more

first_imgStuff 27 April 2018 Forty-seven marriage celebrant applications have been rejected in the past two-and-a-half years because the applicants were unwilling to officiate same-sex weddings.The Department of Internal Affairs confirmed last month – after a request from Family First New Zealand under the Official Information Act – that the department had declined 47 independent celebrant applications based on the intention on the part of the application not to solemnise same-sex marriages since September 7, 2015.Applications made before September 2015 were made in paper format and could not be reviewed without significant research.The department said it had not received any complaints about marriage celebrants who were unwilling to solemnise a same-sex marriage.But it added that independent marriage celebrants “must make themselves available to all persons legally to marry in New Zealand and cannot refuse to solemnise any marriage due to reasons that would contravene the Human Rights Act 1993”.Family First New Zealand national director Bob McCoskrie said the rejected applications contradicted assurances made by Labour MP Louisa Wall when she introduced the Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill to Parliament in 2012.She said: “What my bill does not do is require any person or church to carry out a marriage if it does not fit with the beliefs of the celebrant or the religious interpretation a church has.”But she added that while churches could discriminate, the state could not and should not. “It is not the state’s role to sanction heterosexuality or homosexuality.”She Wall said the bill was about opening up the institution of marriage to all people who were eligible.“There is no reasonable ground on which the state should deny any citizen the right to enter the institution of marriage if he or she chooses. That is not the process of inclusion,” she said.“To any person concerned about their own beliefs and how they wish to celebrate marriage, it is important to always remember that this bill allows a couple to only obtain a marriage licence. It does not mean that a minister or celebrant must marry the couple.”Wall said in an email on Friday that organisational celebrants were authorised through a separate process to independent celebrants and could refuse to solemnise marriages.She directed Stuff to the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for comment on why the 47 applications were rejected.Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery said it was important to distinguish between organised celebrants and independent celebrants.Organised celebrants were nominated by organisations, and those organisations needed to be recognised by Montgomery as “a formal organisation with marriage purposes”, he said.“Once registered, they can then nominate people to be celebrants for their organisation,” he said.“Independent celebrants, however, are providing a public service, and they are acting on behalf of the Government and are required to comply with the Marriages Act and other relevant legislation.”One of the criteria for independent celebrants is they be willing to obey and comply with the law, including the Human Rights Act.“If they are not willing to comply with the Human Right Act, ie they will choose to discriminate against certain members of the public, then I can’t appoint them,” Montgomery said.All organisational celebrant applications have all been approved since September 2015, regardless of whether they choose to solemnise same-sex marriages or not, he said.“When Louisa Wall put forward that legislation, that ability was included – organised celebrants are not obliged to marry any couple.”McCoskrie said politicians “who support the right of freedom of belief and conviction should fix the anomaly”.“The bill … did not protect the consciences of independent marriage celebrants who are not lawfully able to refuse a request to marry a same-sex couple by reason of the same-sex of the couple.”In the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without interference”. would-be marriage celebrants rejected because they refuse to carry out gay weddingsNewsHub 28 April 2018There have been no complaints about marriage celebrants refusing to perform gay weddings, it has been revealed.But it appears that’s because the Department of Internal Affairs has refused to approve applications from would-be independent celebrants that refuse to carry them out.Forty-seven applicants have been rejected since September 2015, according to documents released under the Official Information Act to conservative lobby group Family First.Under the law, organisational marriage celebrants aren’t required to carry out gay weddings if it contravenes their religious beliefs. Independent marriage celebrants however “must make themselves available to all persons legally able to marry in New Zealand and cannot refuse to solemnise any marriage due to reasons it would contravene the Human Rights Act 1993”.Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the documents contradict claims made by Labour MP Louisa Wall, who introduced the same-sex legislation through Parliament, that celebrants wouldn’t be made to carry out same-sex weddings if they didn’t want to.“When the Bill was rushed through to its final reading, it still did not protect the consciences of independent marriage celebrants who are not lawfully able to refuse a request to marry a same-sex couple by reason of the same-sex of the couple.“This law currently provides a culture of coercion. Politicians who support the right of freedom of belief and conviction should fix the anomaly.”READ MORE: celebrants miss out over marriage equality oppositionRadio NZ News 28 April 2018Nearly 50 people have been turned down as marriage celebrants because they refuse to solemnise same-sex marriages.The Department of Internal Affairs said 47 applications to become independent celebrants had been turned down since 2015.The Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Jeff Montgomery said celebrants affliated with a religious or philisophical organisation could choose who they offered their services to.But independent marriage celebrants provided a service on behalf of the government, rather than an organisation, he said.That meant they must comply with all the relevant laws, including the Human Rights Act, which makes it an offence to discriminate based on sexuality.The number of declined applications was a small proportion of the 500 people who apply each year to become celebrants, Mr Montgomery said. read more

first_imgNewsHub 18 April 2018Family First Comment: Yep – just as we predicted! But it’s ‘marriage equality’. Consenting adults. Love is love. Apparently…www.ProtectMarriage.nzMany will have heard the phrase “threes a crowd”, but for some New Zealanders in romantic relationships that’s simply not the case.At least 1000 people in New Zealand are in polyamorous relationships where the relationship could have three or more people involved.There needs to be communication though; secretly sleeping with someone on the sly isn’t polyamory – that’s just straight up cheating.Jeremy Corbett from Three’s The Project took off his ‘prude shoes’ to talk to some polyamorous people about how it works.“Most of polyamory is scheduling,” said Adrian Renor, who is part of a triad relationship.“It’s a lot of self-reflection and work,” added Gabbi Macclure who is also part of the relationship.The pair are in a relationship with each other and there is a third person in the relationship too, Bernie.READ MORE: read more

first_imgStuff 27 July 2018Family First Comment: Once again, (as with the importance of family dinners and the effect of excessive screentime) the media are trying to keep up with us and are saying things we said only recently! this article….“While good childcare has its place, long hours can be tiring and stressful for children. ‘What anyone should do is put themselves in the shoes of a child – if you feel as an adult that the amount of time is long for you, then it is definitely too long for a child.’Well said.About 3 per cent of Kiwi kids are in both before and after school care every day, the latest report by Growing Up in New Zealand shows.This number is on the rise. In 2009, 8.8 per cent of children were in some kind of formal out-of-school care. By 2017, that number had leapt to 15 per cent, according to Stats NZ.Childcare providers have noticed the trend, too.Danielle Reynolds-Howlett runs the Chillout programme in Papakura, which looks after 75 children each morning and up to 140 in the afternoon.The number of parents looking for both before and after school care is “definitely on the increase” – and Auckland traffic has a big impact. With the journey into the city taking longer, more parents are finding they don’t have time to do the school run before work.That’s the case for Ashleigh Visser, who commutes from Auckland’s North Shore to the city each day.She drops off her two children at 7am, and her husband collects them at 5.30pm.At almost 11 hours, it’s a long day – but she says her children have never once complained. “They love it.”After they get home in the evening, it’s homework and then straight into dinner. On days when the children have had a big afternoon tea they might not be hungry, and having that extra family time is nice, Visser says.Child Forum Chief Executive Sarah Alexander says while good childcare has its place, long hours can be tiring and stressful for children.“What anyone should do is put themselves in the shoes of a child – if you feel as an adult that the amount of time is long for you, then it is definitely too long for a child.”It’s not so much the time spent in childcare that’s the issue, but the time spent away from home.Having only a small number of hours with family is a “stress” for children, as there’s little time for catching up and bonding. It also means parents don’t have time to develop their parenting skills.Research from the past 10 years indicates children want to spend more time with their parents – but it also shows parents want the same thing, Alexander says.“It’s a social issue and an employment issue.”“We need to look at how we can better support families to enable them to have a bit more time in the day with their children.”READ MORE: read more

first_imgZambia’s president Edgar Lungu on Thursday reduced the sentence of 332 prisoners awaiting death by hanging to life imprisonment to ease maximum security prison congestion. Crimes that could be punishable by death include murder, treason and robbery with a deadly weapon, although Zambia has not executed any prisoners since 1997.During a visit to Mukobeko Maximum Security prison, about 180km north of Lusaka, Lungu said it was unacceptable for a prison with a capacity of 51 inmates to house hundreds.“It goes without saying that this is an affront to basic human dignity apart from the health and sanitation challenges that it has created,” Lungu said.last_img