Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Right to Choose and Rapists and Paedophiles

Periodically ridiculous statements appear in the media from people who do not really understand a situation. To think this of Liberal Upper House MP Bernie Finn would be doing him a favour.  There is no excuse for even raising the matter of terminations for raped women and children. No reasonable person would expect a woman or a child to continue against their will for 9 months carrying a child whose father is a violent, unprincipled man. Not only are you condemning a female to 9 months of distress if they really do not want to carry this child but you are condemning a developing human being to 9 months of negative emotions. What a great start to life.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Iraqi Law Proposal for Marriage at Nine

Iraqi Cabinet this week voted for legislation, based on Shiite Islamic jurisprudence, allowing clergy to preside over marriages, divorces and inheritances. The legislation describes girls as reaching puberty at nine, making them fit for marriage.  Without engaging with the religious views of men who think small children are acceptable sex partners such views are dangerous for female children.  Even in countries where the age of menarche is dropping people do not believe that nine year olds are of an age when they should have sex and risk being pregnant. Young adolescents die regularly in child birth in countries where they are married too young for their bodies to deal with a pregnancy.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Victims No Longer - Mike Lew

SECASA is running its annual residential workshop with Mike Lew for male survivors of childhood sexual assault.  This weekend will run from Friday 22nd August 2014 - Sunday 24th August 2014.  It will take place at Maldon in the Derby Hill Blue Light Youth Camp, Phoenix Street. The weekend is for men for are actively engaged in counselling.  It provides a variety of healing activities, sharing of stories, writing exercises, anger work, group discussions, relation and fun in a safe environment.

Comfort Women and Japanese Government

One of the things that aids the recovery of rape victims is being believed.  To have the Japanese Government consider revisiting its 1995 apology for its wartime crimes against women in the form of enforced prostitution known as 'comfort women' is not only outrageous but damaging for those women who are still alive. 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Thurgoona pharmacist dropped by Soul Pattinson

Simon Horsfall is a pharmacist in Thurgoona, Albury who says that his local priest advised him against dispensing emergency contraception.   Clearly Mr Horsfall has a right to his religious beliefs.  However, there are complications with sensitive issues such as contraception, condoms and emergency contraception.  Mr Horsfall has apparently put notes in packets of the oral contraceptive pill for over 12 years stating "If your primary reson for taking this medicine is contraceptive then it would be appreciated, that in the future, you could respect our views and have your OCP prescriptions filled elsewhere."  This is relatively honest.  Emergency contraception is a more difficult issue.  There is a window when it is effective which is approximately 72 hours.  To send a person away to go three kilometres to the next pharmacy without warning them about the time constraints is not honest.