Homeschooling, Abuse, and the Law

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By Tracy G. Cassels There is a bill underway in Ohio in memory of a 14-year-old boy who was killed by his mother’s abusive boyfriend.  His abuse had been documented, Child Protective Services notified, and nothing done.  His mother eventually removed him from school to hide the abuse and he was killed.  It is a story that should never have happened.  It is a story of … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Science, and Religion: Part 4

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By Tracy G. Cassels Adult versus Child or Neonate Circumcision One of the factors that routinely comes up in questions surrounding neonate circumcision is the idea that the pain and healing associated with adult or even child circumcision are far greater, thus if one is to circumcise, infancy is the period of time in which to do it.  The problem with this view is that it … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Science, and Religion: Part 3

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By Tracy G. Cassels Picking up where we left off… The Science around Circumcision, continued Sexual Functioning While this is an area that hopefully is not an immediate source of concern for some parents (and may perhaps be seen as a benefit by some), there are those that claim that sexual satisfaction is reduced for both men who are circumcised and their female … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Science, and Religion: Part 2

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By Tracy G. Cassels Picking up where we left off… The Science around Circumcision, continued Penile Cancer This is considered one of the major bonuses by some religious sites[1] who reported that in one study, none of the individuals with penile cancer had been circumcised in childhood.  A review of all the research does find many studies showing that infant or … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Science, and Religion: Part 1

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By Tracy G. Cassels One of the touchier subjects in natural parenting circles is the issue of male circumcision.  It can cause two individuals who agree on every other aspect of parenting to cease speaking or supporting one another.  It raises ire amongst those adamant that it’s akin to abuse and defensiveness amongst those who practice the rite for religious purposes.  In … [Read more...]

Tragic Accident or Murder?

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By Tracy G. Cassels I recently came across an article in the Guardian on the outcry by American women over the fact that certain pregnant women are facing murder charges for losing their babies in utero[i].  On the surface of it, it sounds outrageous and we should have every right to be furious over what’s going on – it seems like it’s just another attempt of the state to … [Read more...]

Why Is Saving Babies’ Lives Not Enough?

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By Tracy G. Cassels In 1978, Tennessee was the first state to pass a law requiring infants to be placed in an infant restraint system while driving in a car.  I don’t know if it caused an uproar or not, but as the years have passed, we’ve grown to realize exactly how important that decision was.  Within a few years, all other states had followed their lead[1] and nationwide … [Read more...]

Choices in Childbirth: ReBirth Newspaper

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By Tracy G. Cassels We like to think of our society as constantly moving ‘forwards’.  We gain more rights, society becomes more equal, and we admit to problems passed and insist they will not happen again.  However, one realm where we seem to be heading backwards is that of birth.  Today, women are fighting for the right to birth at home, interventions are at an all-time … [Read more...]