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’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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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: Marriage – worth its weight in platinum

As the Queen and Prince Philip celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary, Rosa Silverman asks whether a modern marriage could last 70 years. As she points out, the royal couple married in their twenties, while in 2014 the average age for men to marry was 33, and for women, 31. Unless more people live to more […]

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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: Surrogacy’s wrong even when it goes right

A surrogate mother has lost custody of an 18-month-old child she agreed to bear for a gay couple after a judge ruled that ‘his identity needs as a child of gay intended parents’ would be better fulfilled if he lived with the couple. Clearly the gay couple’s ‘identity needs’ trump the child’s, and even if […]

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Ann Farmer’s thought for today: Hypocrite Harman dictates the debate

Academics have warned the Joint Human Rights Committee that universities and student unions are banning ‘offensive’ speech, citing sexual discrimination, homophobia or transphobia. They say this stifling of free speech is having a ‘chilling’ effect on debate and discussion and that a generation of conformist students are being taught to see themselves as vulnerable. Committee […]

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