Saturday, October 13, 2012

CA Therapy Law

From SFGate:

A groundbreaking California law banning therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian youths has been challenged in court by Christian conservatives who say it tramples on families' rights and therapists' consciences.

The law, signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown and scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, prohibits licensed therapists and counselors from engaging in "sexual orientation change efforts" with anyone under 18. Violators would be subject to discipline by state licensing boards.

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MR

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Notes Giving Away Babies

From the Daily Mail:

Abandoned on a door step in the dead of night, these are the desperate notes pinned to babies by poor and often unmarried mothers, pleading for someone to care for their child.

The heartbreaking letters became part of records at the New York Foundling Asylum in the mid-19th century.

In October 1869, a group of nuns renovated a brownstone at 17 East 12th Street in Manhattan into the Foundling Asylum.

Every night, the nuns would leave an empty wicker basket on the stoop, and almost every morning, a baby would be found there. By the end of the year the nuns had taken in 81 babies.

Read more and see the letters here.

MR

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Property Tycoon Tries to Buy Son-in-Law

From CNN:

The daughter of the tycoon who on Tuesday offered HK$500 million (US$64 million) to any man who would marry her found the proposal "quite entertaining," she told CNN.

Gigi Chao said her father, property developer Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, "loves her very much" and was aware of the cash offer before it was first reported Tuesday by local Hong Kong media.

The tycoon's offer came after Chinese media reports last week that she married another woman, her long-time companion Sean Eav, in a civil ceremony in Paris last week. Asked by CNN to confirm her civil union, Chao said she was "not in a position to verify that."

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MR

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Happiness

From the New York Times opinion pages:

As soon as an American baby is born, its parents enter into an implicit contractual obligation to answer any question about their hopes for their tiny offspring’s future with the words: “I don’t care, as long as he’s happy” (the mental suffix “at Harvard” must remain unspoken).

Happiness in America has become the overachiever’s ultimate trophy. A vicious trump card, it outranks professional achievement and social success, family, friendship and even love. Its invocation can deftly minimize others’ achievements (“Well, I suppose she has the perfect job and a gorgeous husband, but is she really happy?”) and take the shine off our own.

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MR

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Monday, October 8, 2012

On Parenthood

From the Atlantic:

On November 21, 2008, the last day that the safe haven law was in effect for children of all ages, a mother from Yolo County, California, drove over 1,200 miles to the Kimball County Hospital in Nebraska where she left her 14-year-old son.

What happened in Nebraska raises the question: If there were no consequences, how many of us would give up our kids? After all, child abandonment is nothing new and it's certainly not rare in the United States. Over 400,000 children are in the foster care system waiting to be placed in homes, thousands of parents relinquish their children every year. One woman even sent her adopted child back to his home country with an apology letter pinned like a grocery list to his chest. Whether it's because of hardship or not, many Americans are giving up on parenthood.

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MR

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