Ann Farmer

Ann Farmer

Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).

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Ann Farmer: Thought for today; Never mind the foster child, get Mum out to work

Former Tory education minister Robert Halfon has suggested that ‘unemployed parents deserve free childcare more than working families’ – especially foster carers, who are at present excluded from ‘the additional 15 hours of free childcare for three and four-year-olds’. This he describes as ‘indefensible’, since ‘foster carers raise some of society’s most vulnerable children, many […]

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Ann Farmer: The elderly are a blessing, not a burden

‘Bed-blocking’; ‘house-hogging’; creating pension-scheme black holes by living too long; spoiling our grandchildren; inflicting funeral expenses on our ‘loved ones’; guilty of ‘generational injustice’ – even worse, voting for Brexit – the ‘ageing population’ is subject to a drip-drip of negativity that if directed at any other category would count as hate crime. And according […]

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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: Tragedy of the child-free generation

According to ONS figures, the proportion of women who never have children has doubled in a generation, and they are increasingly likely to postpone decisions about whether to have children until it may be biologically too late (Telegraph, November 25, 2017). The best things in life are free, but successive governments have made children expensive […]

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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: Domestic abusers can be women, too

After a decade-long downward trend, domestic abuse figures could spike next year following the introduction in 2015 of a new offence, ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’. Professor Nicole Westmarland, director of the Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, said that a large proportion of domestic abuse is being hidden, and she expects to […]

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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: School, the perfect safe space for debate

Simon Langton Boys’ Grammar School in Canterbury has reportedly sparked outrage on the internet by creating a deliberately ‘unsafe space’ for pupils to argue the merits of feminism and study Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. The optional after-school sessions are extremely popular. It is ironic for outrage to be expressed on the internet, home to outrages […]

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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: Parents staying together, not psychiatry, stops child suicides

Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield warns that understaffed and fragmented services mean that even suicidal minors are being turned away; a recent report showed that children’s psychiatric services received on average just 6 per cent of the mental health budget. Suicidal youngsters must have access to professional help, but we should be asking why so many […]

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