I have a Valentine’s Day question for you…

I have a Valentine’s Day question for you…

“I love you,” we say to our beloveds on this day – and hopefully every other day as well. When the long-stemmed roses, the heart-shaped chocolates, the gimmicky teddy bears and the Hallmark declarations are stripped from the sentiment of February 14,...
Down syndrome no barrier for model baby

Down syndrome no barrier for model baby

Proof right here that the world is beginning to acknowledge that life with Down syndrome is not a burden or something to cringe at – but that it is a thing of joy and delight! See this cute-as-a-button little dude? He has just landed himself a gig modelling for...
Peas in a luxurious pod.

Peas in a luxurious pod.

I was shelling broad beans. My lovely neighbour had handed them to me a few short hours before in a brown paper bag, the first of her crop. I love broad beans and I think part of the love is in the handling. Standing at the bench snapping open their leathery skins to...
Nicks immortalises her aborted baby in hit song

Nicks immortalises her aborted baby in hit song

American songstress Stevie Nicks has admitted to an abortion after falling pregnant to Eagles’ frontman Don Henley in the mid-1970s. The child, who would have been named Sara had she been a girl, is immortalised in the 1979 hit of the same name. “I believe, to...
Post-abortive woman shares the ugly truth of abortion cycles.

Post-abortive woman shares the ugly truth of abortion cycles.

Emma Morris is a married mother of two children, with another on the way. She wrote a courageous, bare-all article for The Courier Mail recently, sharing how she had her first abortion at 16. And it didn’t end there. “It’s been about 27 years since my...
Read this while waiting for your pregnancy test results.

Read this while waiting for your pregnancy test results.

Two lines, or one? You’re in the bathroom, waiting. Waiting. Waiting to see if the test will reveal two lines or one. Two lines; you’re pregnant. One line; you’re not. It must be the longest three minutes in history. The tester is sitting on the sink...

Abortion Suzi Quatro’s “life’s greatest regret”

by Claire van Ryn (image courtesy: www.suziquatro.com)  Suzi Quatro says that her “life’s greatest regret” was the abortion she had at the age of 18. The rock and roll pioneer who became the first female bass guitar player to become a major rock...

An open letter to GPs… “Don’t assume”.

by Claire van Ryn. Dear GP, It is with great respect and gratitude that I write to address you and those in your profession. You are an integral part of this community and without your dedication, your long hours and your passion for healthcare, illnesses would go...

What to do if your teen daughter is pregnant.

by Claire van Ryn I’m going out on a limb here and suggesting that the most stomach-churning, horror-inducing words that parents will hear propelled from the mouth of their beloved teenage daughter are, “I’m pregnant!” Internalised reactions will vary from an urge to...

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