Posts Tagged ‘Adoption’

Adopted daughter assaulted at child’s christening for passing on family name

Monday, June 20th, 2022

Matalena Sowman assaulted her adopted daughter in church, as she was christening her son, for giving the child the Sowman family name. The 55-year-old Blenheim woman approached her daughter who had been standing at the front of the church, stood in front of her then took her infant son and passed the baby to someone Read more

Feedback sought on New Zealand’s surrogacy laws

Monday, August 9th, 2021

The Law Commission is reviewing New Zealand’s surrogacy laws. Instigated by former Justice Minister Andrew Little, the Commission is recommending a new pathway to parenthood that doesn’t require adoption for parents of a surrogate-born child. At last week’s launch of Kōpū Whāngai: He Arotake – Review of Surrogacy, the Commission said it is seeking feedback Read more

Religious freedom, hate speech, adoption, child abuse

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Same-sex adoption, religious freedoms and child-abuse petitions are before Parliament at the moment. Reforming law in relation to hate speech offences is also on the agenda. If the hate speech law passes, offenders will face a larger maximum sentence than if they were found guilty of rioting, assaulting a child or providing explosives to commit Read more

As a teen, I chose adoption. Why are stories like mine missing from the abortion debate?

Monday, December 7th, 2020

I would rather jump through a glass window than talk to literally anyone about reproductive politics. Given the choice between a very normal and appropriate conversation about reproductive politics and a glass window, I will be in the bushes out front, picking glass out of my torso. That is because when I was 17 I Read more

Calls to change ‘outdated’ adoption law in New Zealand

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

There are renewed calls to change New Zealand’s “outdated” adoption law which has been described as “discriminatory and not fit for purpose”. The Adoption Act – which has not been updated since 1955, has been criticised by the Human Rights Commission, which wants to make the adoption process more accessible for people and relevant to Read more

The sacramentality of adoption

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

One of the radical insights of the Second Vatican Council is the salvific character of married life. Marriage is not a secondary vocation for those who are not strong enough to embrace celibacy, but instead offers an icon of love that the entire church is called to contemplate. The married couple’s self-gift, embodied in the Read more

Missionaries of Charity childcare homes scrutinised after baby sale

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity in India will be inspected after employees at one shelter were accused of selling babies for adoption. Sister Konsalia Balsa and social worker Anima Indwar were arrested after allegedly trying to sell a baby for UK£1,325 (about NZ$2,500). They have also been accused of having already sold Read more

Same sex couple adopt Catholic child despite opposition

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A same sex couple from New South Wales have had their wish to adopt a four-year old Catholic child granted despite opposition from the child’s parents. The child will not be raised in the Catholic faith. Both the child’s birth parents are Catholics. The child was removed from her mother’s care when she was only Read more

Forced adoptions for 30 years prompt Catholic apology

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Forced adoptions in England and Wales saw more than half a million women forced lose their babies in the 30 years following World War II. Similar experiences have been recorded in other parts of the world, including Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The Catholic Church was not alone in its zeal to remove babies from Read more

Aussie bishops object to commercial surrogacy

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Australia’s Catholic bishops have strongly objected to any suggestion of a commercial surrogacy industry. In a submission to an Australian parliamentary sub-committee’s inquiry, the bishops said it would be “intolerable” to argue “harm minimisation” as justification for commercial surrogacy. “Children are not commodities and should not be bought,” said Bishop Peter Comensoli, the bishops’ delegate Read more