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NEWSLETTER No. 126, MAY 2007

Endeavour Forum Inc
NGO in special consultative status with ECOSOC of the UN


Best Care for Children

Placing children under three in long day care can damage their intellectual and emotional development according to parenting expert Steve Biddulph, international best-selling author, whose latest book is entitled "Raising Babies: Should Under 3s Go to Nursery?" Australian-born Biddulph says babies placed in day care from the age of six months could become anti-social and aggressive. Child care facilities struggle to meet the needs of such young children.


Church Leaders Naïve on “Equal Opportunity” Legislation

 In 1980  when Mr. Ellicott, Australia's Attorney General during the Fraser government, signed the "Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women" (CEDAW)  at the United Nations Mid-Decade for Women Conference in Copenhagen, Jackie Butler, our then Queensland Co-ordinator,  and  I and a few members of Endeavour Forum  were the only Australians to protest  against our   country adopting this Treaty.


The United Nations Abortion Dilemma

Let's review two contradictory United Nations (U.N.) talking points. (1) Abortion is a matter of "women's rights;" (2) Killing a "girl child" in the womb is "the most extreme form of violence against women." To hold both of these beliefs at the same time means to live with constant cognitive dissonance. 


Freedom of Speech in South Australia

A number of Australian States have enacted religious vilification legislation and the South  Australian Attorney General has   proposed an Amendment to the state's Equal Opportunity Act to prevent any "victimisation" of a person  on the basis, inter alia, of marital status, pregnancy  choices or homosexual behaviour.  In the light of the Victorian  Court of Appeal decision in  Islamic Council of Victoria v Catch the Fire Ministries it is clear that in the discussion of such issues truth is not necessarily a defence.


Abortion Breast Cancer Link In The News

Denise Mountenay of Silent No More, Canada,  convened the second  Endeavour Forum Inc. workshop, "Breast Cancer & Reproductive Health",  at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York  (see also p. 2).   Professor Joel Brind and Dr. Angela Lanfranchi were the keynote  speakers. This is Denise's  report:


Two Stories of Media Bias

Joseph Farah, founder, editor and CEO of WorldNetDaily writes that  no matter where you turn today in the so-called “mainstream” media, practically all you see is coverage of people with  aberrant sexual practices.  This is happening because social activists, including many who just want to feel good  about their own aberrant sexual practices, have thoroughly dominated America’s newsrooms


Australian Women of Grace

Edited by Robyn Hipkiss,  Published by Irrepressible Press, Price $19.95, order from Reviewed by Dr. Daphne Hennelly.

Robyn Hipkiss has collected in one volume five autobiographical stories, including her own, all of which make fascinating reading. Here are five Australian women from different backgrounds and nationalities telling us their personal stories, family upbringing and ambitions, sorrows and joys, disappointments and hardships included. One of the stories is by Betty Hocking, formerly Coordinator for Endeavour Forum in the A.C.T.


Uniting Church Betrays the Unborn

Professor Augusto Zimmermann, now associate lecturer  teaching constitutional law and equity  at Murdoch University,  has sent us the statement below  from the Uniting Church, dated February 2005.  So far as we are aware, there has been no update.  We consider this statement a betrayal of the right to life of unborn children.  Despite the Uniting Church calling for "compassion" and "balance", there is no compassion  when  balancing the killing of the child against the convenience of the mother.  The support of the Uniting Church for "current abortion laws" in effect supports abortion on demand, because that is the prevailing  situation in Australia.



And now a good statement:   Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Roman Giertych, told European news reporters that Poland would not back down on plans to oppose abortion and homosexuality as enshrined rights in a future European constitution. Speaking  in Heidelberg, Germany, at an informal meeting of European education ministers, Giertych told reporters that “Europe needs changes. Abortion needs to be banned immediately.”


Embryonic Stem Cells & Cloning Frauds

Remember the big cloning debate in our Federal Parliament? (See "Patterson's curse - the  Frankenbunny",  p. 5 of our Feb. 2007 issue).    Those of us who  opposed the cloning and destruction  of human embryos for  "research" were painted as uncompassionate right-to-lifers denying the sick and disabled  life-saving "cures". 



Endeavour Forum Inc. Public Meeting

Caring for Children 7.30  pm  on Friday, 25th May 2007  at St. Michael's Hall, 2 Victory Blvde,  Ashburton, Vic. 3147.   Speakers: 

Mr. Alan Cadman, MHR (Lib) on "Child Care Funding"  and Mrs. Tanya O'Brien of the Helpers, on "Homeschooling my children". The meeting will be chaired by Mrs. Angela Conway, Research Officer, Australian Family Association, and the Opening Prayer will be said by Mrs. Anne Lastman of Victims of Abortion.  The vote of thanks will be given by Mr. John Ballantyne, editor, News Weekly.  All welcome, $5  donation appreciated.  RSVP:   Prue Oldham,  Ph  9583 6835 or    Margaret Butts, (03) 9589 5039








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