Posts Tagged ‘Law’

Calls to change ‘outdated’ adoption law in New Zealand Comments 0

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There are renewed calls to change New Zealand’s “outdated” adoption law which has been described as “discriminatory and not fit for purpose”.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

Parliament groans under the weight of difficult social lawmaking Comments 0

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

This government has had more knotty and divisive social issues to deal with than many others. Within months of its first sitting, it was voting on not one, but two medicinal cannabis bills and things only became more complicated from there. Euthanasia, abortion, and drug reform followed. Continue reading Related Posts:Medicinal cannabis products available without Read more

Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias warns New Zealand’s constitution is ‘vulnerable’ Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

The first Chief Justice of our Supreme Court has urged New Zealanders to embrace the strands from which the country’s piecemeal constitution is woven or risk a rigid and formal framework. Continue reading Related Posts:Chief censor says New Zealand needs to do more to…Malaysia gets Catholic as top judgeJustice Kennedy’s retirement could reshape the environmentIs Read more

Court rules priests exempt when they hear of child abuse in a “sacramental confession.” Comments 0

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s law on reporting child abuse, which requires health workers, teachers, clergy and others to report evidence of child abuse to authorities, does not oblige priests to violate the sanctity of a sacramental confession. The ruling deals with a section of Louisiana’s Children’s Code requiring health workers, teachers, Read more

For our sake George Pell deserves due process of law Comments 0

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
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Wednesday night’s ABC 7.30 program [aired in Australia] carried allegations against Cardinal George Pell. If true, the allegations are devastating: life ruining for victims like Damian Dignan and Lyndon Monument; confronting for all citizens committed to the wellbeing of children; and earth shattering for Catholics who still have faith in their church. The ABC report Read more

Worldwide, the rule of law is losing out to mob rule Comments 0

Friday, May 27th, 2016

This is the age of the disgruntled – in domestic politics and foreign affairs alike. Anti-establishment sentiment within countries is somehow echoed by the way the rule book of international relations is being torn up. These dynamics feed on each other. They are at play in America (the rise of Donald Trump), Europe (growing populism) Read more

Researchers grow human embryos in lab up to 13 days old Comments 0

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Researchers have broken the record for growing human embryos in a laboratory, prompting a lament in the Vatican’s newspaper. Two teams of researchers in the United Kingdom and the United States grew embryos until they were 13 days old. The embryos were kept alive and active beyond the stage when they would naturally implant in a mother’s Read more

Georgia proposes tough religious irreverance law Comments 0

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Georgia is planning a “blasphemy bill” that will make religious irreverence severely punishable by law. A proposed bill would impose a 100 lari fine (US$120) for “insults to religious feelings”, which would double for a repeat offence. Desecrating a religious symbol could cost up to 1000 lari. The average monthly salary is Georgia is no Read more

11-year-old Paraguayan rape victim has baby, sparks debate Comments 0

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

An 11-year-old rape victim in Paraguay gave birth to a baby girl on August 13, stoking debate about abortion law in that country. The former partner of the 11-year-old’s mother is accused of the rape. The baby weighed 3.3 kilos and was born by caesarean section. Post-operative recovery is going well. Paraguayan law permits abortion Read more

11 weird laws regulating behaviour in church Comments 0

Friday, July 11th, 2014

People have quite diverse notions about the right and proper way to behave in church. Here are 11 weird laws from the USA that, if ignored, could send you from church to jail without passing “go” 1. In Alabama It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church. 2. In Rehoboth, Read more