Category Archives: Respect for Life

Abortion grounds a clinical and legal fiction

Nearly all abortions in New Zealand are justified on the grounds of averting danger to mental health. However research published in the latest edition of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry dismisses this rationale as a clinical fiction. … Continue reading

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Broadcasting Standards Authority subverts its own legislation

The Broadcasting Act 1989 contains a set of standards including that: “When discussing controversial issues… broadcasters should make reasonable efforts, or give reasonable opportunities, to present significant points of view either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current … Continue reading

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Key simplistic on euthanasia

Last week Prime Minister John Key came out publicly in support of voluntary euthanasia, suggesting it was already happening in our hospitals. His comments were based on the fact that doctors sometimes have to make difficult decisions about ceasing life-support in terminal situations. … Continue reading

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A doctor with courage

When the Southern DHB decided to start undertaking abortions at Southland Hospital in Invercargill they didn’t expect resistance from their own staff. However last week senior paediatrician Dr Vili Sotutu tendered his resignation over the matter and other doctors at the … Continue reading

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RenewNZ

RenewNZ is the personal blog of Ewen McQueen. It is aimed at stimulating thoughtful and considered debate around some of the key issues facing our nation – issues that need to be addressed if we are to see cultural, economic and … Continue reading

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