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Yet another research study has been published claiming that children raised by lesbian or homosexual couples don’t suffer any disadvantage. The report, written by Melbourne academic Dr Deborah Dempsey, was commissioned by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), and it found "there is now strong evidence that same-sex-parented families constitute supportive environments in which to raise children'' (Conclusion, P 19).
The 26 page Report was published in December 2013, but only hit the mainstream media this week. Perhaps not surprisingly, the media report in the Sun Herald used the study to criticise Senator Cory Bernardi, writing, “The findings are at odds with Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi's recent comments that the "gold standard" for children's development is having a biological mother and father who are married.”
Dr Dempsey claimed that ''It's not the family structure that matters so much as the kind of care; that children know they are loved, and are taken care of."
The Conclusion acknowledges that there are some differences, stating, “Although numerous scholars now agree it is not possible to sustain a claim frequently made in the earlier literature that there are no differences between children raised in same-sex and heterosexual parented families” but then adds the claim that "there is now strong evidence that same-sex-parented families constitute supportive environments in which to raise children'. It goes on to state, "Indeed, with regard to children raised from birth by lesbian couples clear benefits appear to exist with regard to: the quality of parenting children experience in comparison to their peers parented in heterosexual couple families”.
Really? But what does the research really say?
And is Deborah Dempsey totally objective?
In summary, this latest ‘study’ is more of the same – citing research that supports Dr Dempsey’s own view about parenting by homosexuals.
First, the links, then a Discussion of some key aspects...
Media report: Study finds same-sex parenting is not harmful for children, The Age, 1/2/2014.
Media interview at 4ZZZfm – click here.
Overview page - http://www.aifs.gov.au/cfca/pubs/papers/a145197/index.html
Does Dr Dempsey have a conflict of interest?
In the study she does not mention her own sexuality – however, she was on the steering committee of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL) when it was set up in 1997 (source)!
I don't think heterosexuals were lining up to form that organisation!
She also wrote the VGLRL's report on 'Discrimination', titled 'Enough is enough' in 2000 (source).
Why doesn’t she declare her position? Or a conflict of interest?
And why does the Australian Institute of Family Studies commission someone with a particular view to write such a Paper?
The latest ‘study’ is mostly a review of research done by a range of people. The review has been written by Dr Deborah Dempsey, a sociology lecturer at Swinburne University in Melbourne (source).
The report cites various studies on same-sex parenting that have been done by lesbians, such as Charlotte Patterson. Last year we reported on the analysis of those studies by Dr Loren Marks, highlighting methodological flaws, self-selection of participants and the fact they are often asked to comment on their own situations.
Dr Dempsey also favourably cites the study being done by Dr Simon Crouch at the University of Melbourne – we have previously reported that Dr Crouch is an advocate for homosexual families and is himself in a relationship with a man and they have a child. Read our report on that study.
The review is critical of Mark Regnerus, the researcher who conducted the Family Structures study in the USA and found children do best with their biological parents.
She has also cited some of the many papers and studies she has conducted herself. Dr Dempsey did her PHD on lesbian and homosexual families, where she interviewed 20 lesbians, 15 homosexual males who were parents or donors, and 7 others.
The title: Beyond choice: family and kinship in the Australian lesbian and gay 'baby boom', PhD thesis 2006, Latrobe Uni.
Dr Dempsey did her PhD at Latrobe University, as part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.
Reading through her list of publications shows an emphasis on matters relating to homosexuality and homosexual families. Some of her research papers have been done with Dr Ruth McNair, a lesbian with a daughter who has also done research on lesbian families.
Back in 2002, they published (along with two other writers) a feature article in the AIFS Journal ‘Family Matters’ titled ‘Lesbian parenting: Issues, strengths and challenges’.
Another article is ‘Gay Male Couples' Paternal Involvement in Lesbian-Parented Families’.
For a list of Dr Dempsey’s publications, click here.
In this provocative challenge to the left, the former New Statesman deputy editor Cristina Odone argues that liberalism has become the new orthodoxy – and there is no room for religious believers to dissent.
By Cristina Odone Published 14 January 2014 NEW STATESMAN.
"I couldn’t believe it. I was trying to discuss traditional marriage – and the state was trying to stop me.
Incredible, in a 21st-century European country, but true. I was invited to speak at a conference on marriage last summer, to be held at the Law Society in London. The government had just launched a public consultation on changing the law to allow same-sex marriage. The conference was a chance for supporters of traditional marriage to contribute to the debate. The participants included a retired philosophy professor, a representative of the Catholic archdiocese of Westminster, the chairman of the Tory party’s oldest pressure group, the Bow Group, Phillip Blond (another Tory adviser) and spokesmen for various Christian organisations. The title, “One Man. One Woman. Making the Case for Marriage for the Good of Society”, could hardly have sounded more sober. I accepted without a second thought.
A few days before the conference, someone from Christian Concern, the group which had organised the event, rang me in a panic: the Law Society had refused to let us meet on their premises. The theme was “contrary to our diversity policy”, the society explained in an email to the organisers, “espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage”. In other words, the Law Society regarded support for heterosexual union, still the only legal form of marriage in Britain, as discriminatory. . . ."
Click here to read the full article.
The subject of homosexuality is one of the major issues being pushed at present in society. Homosexual activists are unrelenting in their pursuit of 'full acceptance', and much of secular society, especially the media, supports their cause.
Christian groups are under particular pressure, and there is a movement around the world to try and stop Christians from counselling people who want help to deal with unwanted same-sex attraction. This report deals with a key Christian counselling association in the UK that has given in to the pressure and directed its members to stop providing this type of counselling.
Those who object to the normalisation of homosexuality are often called bigots or homophobes.The current program on ABC by Stephen Fry about people around the world who oppose homosexuality (and homosexuals who suffer from this) is the most recent example - that's hardly surprising given Stephen Fry is openly homosexual.
We were reminded today, in reading Proverbs 1 (v 20-23), that we need to continue presenting the Biblical view on the issues confronting us.
The passage reads, "Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:
“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke!"
In the UK, the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) has just given in to the demands of the homosexuals - they have released a statement this month that says they've decided that their members cannot provide counselling assistance to people who want to deal with their unwanted same-sex attractions.
Statement: An ACC statement to its members January 2014
Did they take this step because they really believe counsellors shouldn't help people deal with unwanted homosexual feelings?
With Victoria and Tasmania now allowing abortion up to birth, and forcing doctors to refer a patient to a doctor who they know will perform and abortion, it is vital that we know the truth about abortion.
It is also important that women are provided with all the information – when the Victorian law was passed, amendments aimed at providing that information to women were defeated.
This email has three parts:
First is a moving interview with Anne Lastman, who lives in Melbourne and runs a ministry called ‘Victims of Abortion’. Anne counsels women who are suffering pain and hurt following an abortion, and has written a book titled Redeeming Grief.
The interview was published in National Review Online.
The other two parts relate to new evidence about the link between abortion and breast cancer. The latest research comes from China and India.
Of particular note is a new book, written by Dr Angela Lanfranchi - she has compiled much of the information about the consequences of abortion to a new book titled Complications: Abortion’s impact on women . . .
1. Abortion Hurts
The interview with Anne Lastman about the hurt of abortion…
Abortion Hurts - that’s the title of the interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, who begins,
‘Christmas is especially difficult because, for some reason, I seem to remember more strongly,” Hannah says. “When I look at the set Christmas table, I remember that there should be other children there, but because I didn’t know any better, and I certainly didn’t trust God, today they are not sitting at their place at the table,” she continues. “For this I am so sorry.”
Hannah is one of many women whose stories are told in Anne Lastman’s book, Redeeming Grief.
’Tis the season to be sensitive. There’s a lot of pain out there.
“From the moment of conception to the last breath taken naturally, the dignity of human life cannot be compromised,” Anne Lastman writes. She does not write from a political position, but from a deep conviction drenched in the knowledge of experience.
As you’ve already seen, she lets women tell their stories of pain and forgiveness. She does so with the utmost motherly love, a deeper love than we tend to go into in abortion debates — which are so perversely insensitive, given what an intimate violence it is we veil under the inhumane cloak of “choice.”
From her nearly 20 years counseling post-abortive women in Australia, Lastman insists that our culture is drowning in post-abortion pain. In Redeeming Grace, she writes: “My contention is that, not merely ‘some,’ but to some degree everyone who has had an abortion will be affected” and that “those surrounding them, that is, family, friends, colleagues, abortionists, staff, and society” are as well. The “whole of society is affected,” Lastman writes, “because of the sheer number of abortions.” Abortion is deemed a “right,” and it’s killing us.
Lastman talks to National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.
Read the article for the full interview…
2. Abortion and breast cancer – meta analysis from China
A new meta-analysis from China shows a link between abortion and breast cancer.
Babette Francis, in an Online Opinion article, writes, “A stunning new meta-analysis on the ABC link has just been published in a peer-reviewed cancer journal. Described as "Chinese Abortion-Breast Cancer bombshell" the meta-analysis of 36 Chinese studies from 14 provinces in China shows abortion increases breast cancer risk by 44%. This meta-analysis is particularly relevant to abortion legislation in Victoria where doctors are coerced, against their better scientific judgement, to refer women for abortions….”
Of particular concern is the fact that the study found that the risk rises with subsequent abortions. Barbara Kay writes in the National Post, “Their findings, described as a “dose-responsive relationship,” pegged one IA (induced abortion) to a 44% rise in risk of breast cancer, two IAs to 76% and three to 89%. . .”
Barbara’s concern about the latest evidence is compelling because she admits she is not an ‘abortion ideologue’ - but she is particularly concerned about the lack of informed consent.
Barbara commends a new book by Dr Angela Lanfranchi and others, published by the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research, a pro-life Institute. The book is called Complications: Abortion’s impact on women. She says the books claims are objective and “evidence-based, with most of its 650 footnotes leading to peer-reviewed academic research.”
Abstract of the Study:
A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females
Huang Y, Zhang X, Li W, Song F, Dai H, Wang J, Gao Y, Liu X, Chen C, Yan Y, Wang Y, Chen K.
BOOK: Complications: Abortion’s impact on women
– details at the de Veber Institute – click here.
3. Abortion and breast cancer link – new Indian data
Professor Joel Brind reports on the latest research from India…
The Real War on Women: The Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer
by Joel Brind, Ph.D. | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/16/14.
Hot on the heels of the new systematic review and meta-analysis of the abortion-breast cancer (ABC link) in China published by Dr. Yubei Huang last November and reviewed in NRL News Today in December, comes yet another blockbuster study from the Asian subcontinent.
On Christmas Eve, a study by A.S. Bhadoria et al. of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences—“Reproductive factors and breast cancer: A case-control study in tertiary care hospital of North India”–appeared online in the “Indian Journal of Cancer.” These new Asian studies are changing the game in ABC link research
The Bhadoria study of 320 breast cancer patients and 320 age and socio-economic status-matched healthy control women reported a 403% increased risk of getting breast cancer among Indian women who have had any abortions. Not only is this increase much larger than what had been reported in the Huang meta-analysis (44%) and by my colleagues and I in our worldwide meta-analysis of 1996 (30%), but it closely matches the 538% among Indian women reported earlier in 2013 by Dr. Ramchandra Kamath et al. . . .”
Since the British Parliament passed the law to allow same-sex ‘marriages’ in England and Wales, and the law was given Royal assent in July 2013, there have been several developments in the UK. This report covers the commencement date for 'homosexual marraiges', the vote in the Scottish parliament and the situation in Ireland...
* Homosexual ‘marriages’ commence 29 March 2014
The British government has announced that homosexual ‘marriages’ will commence from 29 March 2014. The reason given is that plans have progressed ‘faster’ than they thought – initially it was expected they would begin in the northern summer.
Read the Government’s Media release.
* Scotland – homosexual ‘marriage’ approved in principle
The Scottish parliament has approved ‘in principle’ the government’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill It passed the first of three parliamentary hurdles by 98 votes to 15 with five abstentions on 20 November 2013 . . .