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June 21, 2011

The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine ran a feature interview Fighting dad (6/18/11) with Fathers and Families" Board Chairman and founder Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S. The piece discussed, among other topics, H02684, our Massachusetts shared parenting bill, which has been endorsed by nearly a third of the Massachusetts legislature. Holstein explained:

Women"s groups are also against [the bill], but they can"t turn out a crowd on this issue. The public understands this is good for children.

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July 18, 2011

"Fathers and Families has no position on same-sex marriage. But we do have a position on same-sex 'divorce.' Once a child has bonded with two adults as her parents, she is deeply and often permanently hurt by the sudden, court-ordered absence of one of her parents, regardless of the parents" sexual orientation..." Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS criticizes the new Ohio Supreme Court's lesbian partner/child custody decision in his new column Kids with two parents need both, even in breakup (Columbus Dispatch, 7/18/11). We suggest you write a Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch, a 200,000 circulation newspaper in Ohio's capital, by writing to [email protected] We also suggest you comment on the piece by clicking here. In the piece, Holstein writes:

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against Michele Hobbs, a lesbian "social mom,' in her desire to co-parent the child she helped raise from birth. She and biological mom Kelly Mullen agreed to raise a child together, sought out a sperm donor and shared the parenting from the birth of their now-five-year-old daughter, Lucy. The court"s ruling means that Lucy might never see the woman she calls "momma.' It is a mistake.

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July 31, 2011

"[Opponents are] concerned about the effects of parental acrimony on children. Agreed. But what could possibly produce more acrimony than a custody battle in which one parent is the victor and the other the vanquished? Shared parenting defuses acrimony by treating parents as equals." The Boston Globe Magazine ran a feature interview (pictured, right) with Fathers and Families" Board Chairman and founder Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S. on Father's Day. In the piece --- Fighting dad (6/18/11) --- Holstein spoke in support of our shared parenting bill H02684, which has been endorsed by nearly a third of the Massachusetts legislature. Opponents of the interests of children of divorce---the domestic violence group Jane Doe Inc., and a divorce attorney, Laura W. Gal---quickly fired back. Jane Doe's Executive Director Mary R. Lauby accuses Holstein and F & F of "wholesale misogyny" and writes:
A review of case outcomes in Massachusetts reveals that in cases where the divorce is contested and abuse is reported, fathers are likely to receive either sole or joint custody. In addition, abusive husbands are more likely to contest custody as a means of controlling or emotionally attacking their victims.

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August 18, 2011

Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS was quoted in the Indianapolis Star concerning new child support enforcement policies. In the piece, Holstein explains that state laws on delinquent parents are counterproductive and unfairly punish poor parents. He says:

It turns poor fathers into fugitives who have to work in the underground economy and keep moving, and Mom doesn't get anything because of it. They'll go after a guy who is making minimum wage, trying his best but only making 80 percent of the payment.

To comment on the piece, click here. To write a Letter to the Editor of the Indianapolis Star, Indiana's largest newspaper, click here. In Those who owe child support get a break (Indianapolis Star, 8/18/11), reporter John Tuohy highlights the Eric Wilborn case, writing:

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September 13, 2011

holstein-necn The New England Cable Network did a piece on a new Northwestern University study about how fathers' biology allegedly changes after they become fathers. According to NECN:

An extensive study from Northwestern University claims that parenthood seems to diminish testosterone levels in men.

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