Porn – No Longer On SA TV.

DFL is delighted with the final outcome of the  court case against On Digital Media t/a StarSat aka TopTV.

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Firstly, the challenge by DFL and 2 other applicants (CFJ and JASA) against ICASA’s decision to allow the broadcast of pornography in SA on television was upheld by Judge Lee Bozalek in the Cape High Court. Secondly, the leave to appeal by ODM was denied by Judge Bozalek on the 3 Nov 2014. This sent a strong message to those who wish to bring pornography into the public domain that there are many South Africans who strongly object to the spreading of pornography especially where there is a real danger that children will as a result be exposed to it with the resultant detrimental effects on society at large. Thirdly, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, on the 17 March 2015, dismissed with costs the application of ODM to appeal against the Cape High Court decision. Last but not least ODM has decided not to appeal this decision to the Constitutional Court. On Digital Media ceased all broadcasts of pornographic material on 26 March 2015. All South Africans can at least know that our children will not have even more access to porn through TV. Porn is already so easily available for free via cell phones and the internet; “PORN” is the 4th most searched word on the internet by children under the age of 15. This is a shocking statistic which proves to demonstrate that a lot more needs to be done to stop this epidemic that affects all corners of society and does not discriminate between anyone, rich or poor, male or female of all race groups. The sad thing is that it will always be our children that are affected the most whether directly or indirectly – Pornography is the fuel for abusive behaviors.]]>

Supreme Court dismisses ODM pornography appeal

Media Release: Doctors for Life International is pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed with costs the application of On Digital Media t/a Starsat (previously TopTV), to appeal against the Cape High Court decision setting aside the decision of ICASA authorising the broadcasting of pornography on two of their South African television channels. Hopefully Doctors for Life will now be allowed to present conclusive scientific neurological evidence that has developed on the destructive effects and addictive nature of pornography on the brain, to ICASA. Doctors for Life International represents more than 1500 medical doctors and specialists in South Africa and abroad. DFL has commented extensively on these issues and has made submissions to the Constitutional Court and the Law Reform Commission in the past. For more information visit www.dfl.org.za DFL is represented by Attorneys Steve Schneider and Naomie Marais who instruct Advocates Reg Willis and Albert Mooi.]]>

Cannabis: Colorado state releases report

The committee’s work represents one of the first and most comprehensive reviews to assess the strength of credible scientific literature available today regarding marijuana use,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. DFL has in the constitutional court testified in 2002 about the negative effects of cannabis use and the legalization there of. If it was not for this testimony we might today have pilots flying planes, doctors performing surgery and emergency/rescue services all working under the influence of cannabis. In 2001 Colorado State USA started a gradual legalization of cannabis beginning with medicinal use and ending with recreational use in January 2014. The ‘slippery slope’ effect this has had on the state of Colorado is nothing short of shocking. To mention a few key facts; Hospital visits for possible cannabis exposures in children 9 years and older increased by 86 {01b0879e117dd7326006b2e84bcaac7e8fa1509c5c67baf2c9eb498fe06caff4}. Casualty visits went up by 69.4 {01b0879e117dd7326006b2e84bcaac7e8fa1509c5c67baf2c9eb498fe06caff4}. Hospital visits for children 9 years and younger increased 5-fold (500{01b0879e117dd7326006b2e84bcaac7e8fa1509c5c67baf2c9eb498fe06caff4}). Casualty visits increased by more than 3-fold (300{01b0879e117dd7326006b2e84bcaac7e8fa1509c5c67baf2c9eb498fe06caff4}). A Colorado state panel, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) set up to review the health effects of cannabis warned citizens about the dangers of using the drug during pregnancy, while driving and during adolescence and young adulthood. This report confirms what Doctors for Life International has already been stating regarding the wide spread effect this form of legalization can have on government as well as the different population groups of society as a whole. The report also found preliminary evidence to suggest that legalization in the state had resulted in increased hospitalizations, emergency room visits and poison centre calls possibly related to cannabis use. This proves to demonstrate a principal which was well researched by the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM): The so called money from taxation the USA would obtain from legalization of cannabis is dwarfed by the expenses incurred by the medical and criminal justice systems involved. These expenses come directly from the various related effects attributed to the use of cannabis as proved by ASAM and the CDPHE report. For years, a lack of scientific research led to inconsistent ideas about the drug’s negative health effects among users. Today, scientific literature has advanced beyond such claims. Though it is far from complete scientists have repeatedly found short-term memory effects lasting up to a week after heavy cannabis use by the adult population. DFL would like to bring such information to the public in order to better educate the citizens of our country especially in light of South Africa’s current effort to legalize cannabis use. For specific population groups the use of cannabis has clear negative impacts, the Retail Marijuana Public Advisory Committee found in the review of scientific literature, the rate of motor vehicle crashes in Colorado, for instance, doubled. They also found that maternal use during pregnancy was associated with negative effects on exposed offspring, “Including decreased academic ability, cognitive function and attention.” Some effects may not appear until adolescence. ”We found SUBSTANTIAL evidence that adolescent and young adult marijuana users are more likely than non-users to use and be addicted to illicit drugs in adulthood.”-CDPHE. This statement applies to all races surveyed (Indian, Latin, Asian, African and White American).This further enforces DFL’s stance on cannabis being a gateway drug to harder substance abuse. Use by teens is also associated with decreased school performance and memory impairments that last as long as 28 days after use. There is also a demonstrated association between early and heavy use and the development of mental disorders like schizophrenia in adulthood among certain populations. Adult use in Colorado is now higher than the rest of the USA, according to two surveys included in the report. This report released by the CDPHE shows the effects of legalization of cannabis over a prolonged period of time on the state/country and the people involved that are using cannabis for either medicinal or recreational use. By using data available to us such as the CDPHE report which outlines the negative effects of the legalization of cannabis on society as a whole, we can stop the same statistics/effects being attributed to our children here in South Africa. The CDPHE report is available to be viewed at- https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DC_MJ-Monitoring-Health-Concerns-Related-to-Marijuana-in-CO-2014.pdf Doctors for Life International represents more than 1400 medical doctors and specialists, three-quarters of whom practice in South Africa. Since 1991 DFL has been actively promoting sound science in the medical profession and health care that is safe and efficient for all South Africans.]]>

Porn Channel Courtcase Goes Against StarSat TV (press release)

On-Digital-Media-ODM-logoDoctors For Life is delighted with the outcome of the Court Application in the Western Cape High Court, challenging the licensing of On Digital Media T/A StarSat aka TopTV (ODM)  to broadcast the first three porn channels ever in South Africa. This court case has come out on the side of women, children and families in South Africa who are the ones most harmed by pornography. Even though we are fully aware that the Internet is by far the biggest provider of porn in South Africa, it does not justify adding three TV channels to the existing stream of smut pouring into the country (which is barely filtered in South Africa, other than in many western countries e.g. Britain and the USA). It is now well established scientifically that pornography is addictive and destructive to the human brain and especially to the brains of minors. As result sexual and related violence against woman and children is facilitated. Judge Lee Bozalek upheld the challenge of DFL (and two other applicants CFJ and JASA)  against ICASA’s decision. DFL complained that ICASA had not considered the real effects of pornography and its addictive qualities on people, as a result of ICASA’s defective decision making process and the effect of committing a material error of Law, when it licensed ODM to broadcast pornography. ODM forced DFL to defend its evidence of the harmful effects of pornography on all people and on woman and children in particular (DFL had the assistance of numerous international medical specialists on the effects of pornography including neurosurgeons, researchers and Psychiatrists and DFL’s evidence is based on well-established science) and to traverse the often paedophilic tendencies of the progenitors and promoters of pornography. The Judge upheld the review ground that ICASA committed a material error of Law. The Judge found on the facts of ODM’s application to ICASA  that Sec 24A(3) of the Film and Publications Act was a law of general application and in all the circumstances a criminal provision had been breached. Pursuing a criminal charge and prosecution is being considered by DFL. Advocates Reg Willis and Albert Mooij appeared on behalf of DFL duly instructed by SJM Attorneys. Doctors for Life International, represents more than 1400 medical doctors and specialists, three-quarters of whom practice in South Africa. Since 1991 DFL has been actively promoting sound science in the medical profession and health care that is safe and efficient for all South Africans. For more information visit: http://www.doctorsforlife.co.za]]>

Porn plot thickens after Icasa slip-up

PornographyTHE Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) might have erred when it authorized material for three adult content TV channels, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.Judge Lee Bozalek heard fresh submissions from applicants and respondents on Monday about whether the adult content needed to be sent back to Icasa to be reclassified. After listening to arguments, Judge Bozalek said: “It has emerged that (Icasa) missed a material fact and made an error in law. On Digital Media also intended to do a criminal act by airing the content and Icasa, in allowing that decision, must have been unlawful as well. At the initial hearing in August, On Digital Media and Icasa argued that section 24A(3) did not apply to On Digital Media and that Icasa need not take it into consideration. They said no “bad pornography” would be aired and if Icasa had refused to authorize the channels, it would have been acting contrary to Parliament’s intention and the statutory scheme. It appears as if Parliament’s intention was clear – it does not want to make X18 material available to the public other than in very specific circumstances. Icasa made a material error in law in disregarding this piece of legislation in reaching its decision.”. On Digital Media’s proposal is that rather than remitting the matter to Icasa to revisit, the court should vary the decision to deal with section 24A(3). The appropriate remedy in this case would be to remit the matter to Icasa, for various reasons – one being that Icasa may well reach a different decision, after considering section 24A(3). http://www.iol.co.za/tonight/tv-radio/porn-plot-thickens-after-icasa-slip-up-1.1764524]]>

High Court re-convened over TV porn channels

Western Cape High Court1Justice Bozalek has ordered counsel back to the High Court on Monday, October 13, to make further submissions regarding the TV pornography matter which was heard for four days in the Western Cape High Court from August 4 to 7 earlier this year. The matter before the court is an application by Doctors for Life International  with separate applications from Cause for Justice and Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA), for an order that ICASA re-hear the application by On Digital Media to broadcast 3 pornographic channels on TV. ICASA granted the license last year.

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National March for Life – 5 October 2014

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SONY DSCDoctor’s for Life is proud to have been a part of the annual National March for Life in Durban on the 5th of October 2014. There were approximately 2300 people from all walks of life who attended, a 50{01b0879e117dd7326006b2e84bcaac7e8fa1509c5c67baf2c9eb498fe06caff4} increase on lasts year, and attendance is expected to increase considerably next year.

IMG_1099The National March for Life is an event where all pro life organizations and individuals gather together to show their support for the pro-life movement, and demonstrate their opposition to legal (and illegal) abortion. It is held on the first Sunday of October every year and is promising to grow exponentially. The National Alliance for Life (NAL) can be contacted regarding future events.

In 1997 when the South African public heard that that there were plans to legalize abortion, they insisted on a national referendum which was denied them. They were steamrollered and abortion was legalized by the South African Government.

SONY DSCIt was during the process of legalization of abortion that Doctors For Life International was brought into being. It had become clear that somebody would have to oppose legalization and be one of the voices for the unborn. In four of the most important embryology text books, the beginning of the life of a human being is clearly recognized as beginning at conception, and this is the position that Doctors For Life holds.

March for lifeAccording to Health Minister Mr Aaron Motsoaledi, statistics show that 94 000 schoolgirls fell pregnant in South Africa in 2011, of which 77 000 had abortions at public facilities. Discussions based on research and sound science will have to be brought to the table to challenge the status quo. It is clear that the law on abortion is not effectively dealing with the social challenges facing the youth, and the crisis that the Department of Health is grappling with.

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