AS THE WORLD TURNS by News WeeklyNews Weekly
, April 22, 2000
Most British mothers would prefer to stay at home to care for their children if it were economically feasible, according to a poll commissioned by Mother and Baby magazine.
The poll questioned 2,000 mothers and pregnant women. A full 81% would give up work if they could, while only 6% indicated a preference for full-time work.
Stephanie Neuman, executive editor of Mother and Baby, a mother of two, stated, "It is staggeringly difficult for women to be at work full time and be a mother, especially when the second baby comes along.
Successive governments have failed to make it any easier for the working mother, but work pressures have increased tremendously while childcare options remain limited.".Zenit World News Service, April 6Marriage is safer
In 1998, people in the 25-44 years age group had the highest rate of suicide (23 suicides per 100,000 persons), followed by people in the 15-24 years age group (17 suicides per 100,000 persons).
The overall suicide rate in 1998 was the same as it was in 1921, at 14 suicides per 100,000 persons.
In 1998, people living in capital cities had the lowest rate of suicide (13 per 100,000 persons). In general, people living in other urban areas had the next lowest rate (15) and people living in rural areas had the highest (17).
In the period 1995-1997, using estimates based on the 1996 Census, married people (9 per 100,000 persons) were less likely to die from suicide than those who were never married (22), widowed (13) or divorced (26 per 100,000 persons). Suicides Australia, 1921-1988ABS Cat. No. 3309.0Cannabis dangers
Senior British doctors have delivered a stark warning over the dangers of cannabis.
The drug can cause lung diseases, including cancer and bronchitis and is linked to "psychotic episodes" and schizophrenia, they said. Like alcoholics, regular users become slowly dependent and often do not realise they are hooked.
"The reputation of cannabis for being a safe drug is unjustified," said the team of eminent pyschiatrists and physicians.
Professor David London, one of the team who spent two years investigating the impact of illegal drugs, said: "I don't think anyone should go away with the idea that cannabis is safe. There is evidence that it isn't.
We know the effects of tobacco - I would hate it if in ten years' time there were a similar epidemic of disease from the effects of cannabis smoking".
The report was by physicians and psychiatrists from the two Royal Colleges.UK Mail, April 4Sexual abstinence attacked
French young people are abandoning sexual promiscuity and opting for abstinence until marriage, a trend seen negatively by sex educators and AIDS groups, according to a report in a Canadian newspaper.
Canada's National Post newspaper recently reported that the new commitment to chastity and marriage is expected to result in an "amazing 70%" increase in marriages in 2000.
Commentator Susan Martinuk noted that sex educators and AIDS groups are labeling the trend as evidence of gross ignorance about the "virtues" of safe sex - in other words, children are refraining from sexual relations because of unjustified fears over the ramifications of promiscuous behaviour. These organisations have convinced the government to launch a new sex education program to fix this "problem".
Martinuk added that, like the French, Planned Parenthood of Canada is committed to promoting "sex positivity" - teaching about sex within a context of "sexual pleasure" rather than married love and conception of children.
Among the strategies being devised by the "sex positivists" are a plan to replace the term STD (sexually transmitted disease) with the softer term, STI (sexually transmitted infection).
"Apparently the term 'disease' caused too much worry", wrote Martinuk. "Given this milieu, it isn't surprising that teen pregnancies in Canada increased 15.3 percent between 1987 and 1995 - even as sex programs and condom machines flooded the schools".Catholic World NewsNo to homosexual marriage
When America decided which candidates would vie for the Presidential race on Super Tuesday in early March, it also cast another important vote.
California became the 31st American state to ban same-sex marriages.
In a state which has America's largest homosexual population, Californians voted for the measure by an impressive 61 per cent.
Proposition 22 was a simple amendment to the state constitution which read: "Only marriages between a man and a woman is recognized or valid in California".
Homosexual activists raised $5.5 million to defeat the bill. They organized fund raisers, marches, concerts and house parties in an attempt to defeat Proposition 22. An estimated 100,000 "Yes on 22" lawn signs were uprooted and destroyed by anti-22 activists.
Yet it passed with a healthy majority, indicating as one senator put it, "California is not ready for a marriage between a man and a man".World magazine, March 18