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January 2018
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Ethics – Welby approves tutus and tiaras

Dr Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has stepped into a storm after issuing his anti-bullying policies for Church of England schools. While it is right to condemn any form of bullying, the fact the head of the Established Church has told teachers it is fine for boys to wear tutus and tiaras, without any scriptural mandate, has set a dangerous precedent for religious organisations. Robert Gagnon, former associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, was quoted by Christian Concern as claiming Dr Welby is committing heresy. In his blog, Mr Gagnon wrote: ‘To claim that providing space for children to be socialised...

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January 2018
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Ethics – Pseudo-medicine

Recent figures from the Tavistock Clinic, Britain’s only NHS gender identity service for under-18s, showed referral rates have rocketed from just 97 in 2009 to more than 2,000 in 2016-17, with 1,400 last year from girls. One parent told the Mail on Sunday anonymously that, two years ago, she received a call from her 15-year-old daughter’s school requesting an urgent meeting, because the teenager was claiming she was ‘stuck in the wrong body’. She discovered the school had referred the matter to the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, where a psychologist diagnosed the girl with early signs of depression. However, the girl was...

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January 2018
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Ethics – Parents’ fear over transgender

Parents of children pushed by doctors and social workers into becoming transgender have issued warnings about ‘blind acceptance’ by clinical staff making referrals. Reports from the Mail on Sunday have highlighted concerns raised by Transgender Trend (TT), which claims children seeking advice have been referred to specialist transgender clinics after 40 minutes, without any proper psychiatric or medical consultation. According to TT, teenagers as young as 13 are being railroaded into changing gender by overzealous NHS therapists and GP surgeries, who are more concerned not to show ‘offence’ than about the welfare of the child. Some doctors have claimed they fear being sued, after the...

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January 2018
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Ethics – Abortion rights for under-16s

Children under the age of 16 from Northern Ireland are to be offered abortions, free of charge, in England. Controversial new plans from Westminster would see the children being given their travel and accommodation free, with no legal requirement for any parental consent for the procedure. The decision, by Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP, Minister for Equalities and Women, has been condemned by groups such as Right to Life, which branded it ‘disgraceful’. In a statement, the advocacy group said: ‘This policy, the continuation and profound worsening of an extraordinary intervention by the UK government into the devolved affairs of Northern Ireland, will actively encourage...

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December 2017
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Ethics – UK family life

Christian charity CARE has welcomed a debate held at the House of Lords, in which a manifesto to strengthen families has been discussed. The debate, secured by Lord Farmer, discussed the findings of the manifesto, not least the appalling cost of family breakdown and the need to help struggling families in the UK. During the discussion, Lord Farmer noted the incredible cost of family breakdown in the UK, which is almost £50bn a year. He noted, among other things, the need for the government to appoint a minister with responsibility for families and children. According to a statement from CARE: ‘Encouragingly, almost all speakers either...

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December 2017
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Ethics – Gender identity warning

It is extremely rare for children to have true gender identity concerns, a lead clinician at a gender identity clinic for children has stated. According to Professor Gary Butler, clinical lead at the UK Gender Identity Development service, only ‘one child born in every 20,000’ experiences transsexual feelings. He made the comments during a debate on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, in which concerns were raised over the disproportionate media coverage and government-led push of transsexual ideology, given the rarity of gender questioning among children. During the debate, Lord Robert Winston, emeritus professor of fertility studies at Imperial College London, warned that scientists don’t understand...

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November 2017
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Ethics – Transgender regret for teen

Australian teenager Patrick Mitchell has decided to return to his birth sex, years after making a transition to be a girl. In an interview with an Australian TV show, Patrick, who had believed he was a ‘girl trapped in a boy’s body’, opened up about his experience of being diagnosed with gender dysphoria aged 12. He claimed he was unhappy with his body while on the cusp of puberty, but instead of helping him through puberty to adolescent boyhood, his mother Alison claimed doctors pigeon-holed him ‘so quickly’. Instead of allowing Patrick a period of transition, his mother gave him puberty blockers and allowed him...

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November 2017
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Ethics – Church same-sex wedding

The Anglican Communion has started action against the Scottish Episcopal Church for hosting a same-sex church wedding, the first ever by a mainstream denomination in the UK. According to The Times, St. John’s Church in Edinburgh recently hosted the wedding of Peter Matthews and Alistair Dinnie. However, as this runs counter to the Church of England’s policy on same-sex marriage, Anglican leaders met in Canterbury to decide what action they should take against the Scottish church, which has about 60,000 members and 350 congregations. According to reports, Rev. Markus Dunzkofer, the rector at St John’s, was quoted as saying it was the right thing to...

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