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June 2020
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Domestic Abuse Bill could be ‘hijacked’ to push abortion

An MP has spoken out in Parliament fearing that the Domestic Abuse Bill could be ‘hijacked’ to liberalise the law on abortion. Gavin Robinson MP is a barrister and Democratic Unionist Party politician from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Speaking during a debate on the Domestic Abuse Bill he warned that some MPs ‘would seek…

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June 2020
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Ealing prayer ban appealed to Europe

Alina Dulgheriu, the young mother who challenged a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around an abortion facility in the London Borough of Ealing, has announced she will submit her case to the European Court of Human Rights. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom refused permission to appeal in March, leaving the European Court…

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June 2020
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Crown prosectors remove ‘distressing’ hate-crime guidance after legal action

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has finally pulled its controversial LGBT hate-crime guidance for schools following legal action by a 14-year-old girl. The guidance, which had been published in January this year, warned schools they could be taken to court if they do not allow transgender pupils to use the toilets and changing rooms…

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June 2020
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Adoption agency legal action

A Christian adoption and fostering agency which finds homes for children with complex needs has gone to court because officials have said its Christian ethos is discriminatory. Ofsted — which is responsible for inspecting such agencies — downgraded the Cornerstone agency because it holds to a biblical view of marriage. Supporters of the Cornerstone…

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May 2020
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Sweden: Pro-life midwives denied court hearing

The European Court of Human Rights has refused to hear the case of two midwives who were denied employment in Sweden because they refused to perform abortions. The two midwives, Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, were told their application was ‘inadmissible’. Their lawyers have called the decision a ‘dangerous departure from protecting fundamental freedom’.…

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May 2020
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Transgender law change put on hold in Scotland

Covid-19 emergency planning and the subsequent lockdown saw the Scottish government stop work on plans to make changing legal sex much easier. The Scottish government has proposed making sweeping changes to allow anyone to change legal sex by self-declaration within just six months, remove the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and…

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May 2020
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Royal College of Physicians does not support a law change on euthanasia

Campaigners have welcomed a statement from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) which confirmed it does not support changing the law to allow assisted dying. In March 2019, the RCP adopted a position of ‘neutrality’ on the issue of whether UK law should change to allow assisted dying. This came after a survey of…

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May 2020
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Outrage as DIY home abortions are allowed during coronavirus outbreak

A policy to allow home abortions during the coronavirus outbreak has been slammed by pro-life groups, with the decision now set to face a judicial review. The policy came about after series of u-turns by the Conservative government. As the country went into lockdown due to Covid-19, women and girls wanting to terminate an…

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April 2020
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Pro-life man appeals against protection notice issued following MP’s complaint

A pro-life campaigner has appealed against a community protection order placed on him following complaints from Stella Creasy, MP. Christian Hacking, 29, was displaying images in Waltham Forest, London, showing the reality of abortion. It was part of a campaign to highlight the extreme views of Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy. Creasy responded by calling…

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April 2020
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Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal against abortion ‘buffer zone’

The UK Supreme Court has refused to hear a legal challenge against a ‘buffer zone’ outside an abortion clinic in Ealing, London. A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was imposed around an abortion facility in the London Borough of Ealing. Introduced in April 2018, the Order criminalises activities including silent prayer and offers of…

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April 2020
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Down’s syndrome woman to challenge abortion law

Down’s syndrome woman Heidi Crowter is set to challenge the law on abortion which allows for disabled unborn babies to be terminated up to the point of birth. Campaigners want disabled unborn babies to have the same rights as other babies, where terminations are not permitted after 24 weeks of pregnancy. A fundraiser has…

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April 2020
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GPs vote to remain opposed to assisted dying

Members of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have voted to remain opposed to a change in the law on assisted suicide. According to the governing council of the RCGP this will be its position for the next five years, unless there are ‘significant developments’ on the issue. The announcement came following a…

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