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September 2019
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Welsh smacking ban will cost millions

Welsh Assembly plans to criminalise parents that smack their children will cost millions of pounds, senior politicians in Wales have admitted. In July, the official consultation on the proposed smacking legislation revealed not only were there high levels of public opposition but also the costs of implementing the bill could be between £2.3m and…

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August 2019
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Christian doctor in court over his refusal to use transgender pronouns

An experienced doctor has appeared at Birmingham Employment Tribunal after he was sacked for refusing to use transgender pronouns. Dr David Mackereth, 56, had been an A&E doctor for 26 years in the NHS. But he lost his job doing assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because he refused to identify…

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August 2019
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Judges refuse to allow doctors to force an abortion on mentally ill woman

A pregnant woman with a mental age of between 6 and 9 years old has been allowed to keep her baby after the Court of Appeal overturned a Court of Protection decision to abort the child. The unnamed woman’s Catholic mother brought the legal challenge against doctors who attempted to force the termination in…

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July 2019
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Better protection for teachers over same-sex education

Draft guidance that threatened to silence any Christian teachers in independent schools who disagreed with same-sex marriage has been amended. The original wording of the Department for Education’s guidance for independent schools had originally suggested any schools not recognising same-sex unions would be breaking the law. This would have caught up any school run…

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July 2019
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Council taken to court for prayer-exclusion zone

Legal proceedings have been launched in the High Court against Richmond Council, challenging a controversial public space protection order (PSPO) around an abortion clinic. The PSPO makes it a criminal offence to, among other things, pray or have conversations about abortion. The legal challenge has been brought by pro-life campaigner Justyna Pasek. The broadly-worded…

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July 2019
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Down’s syndrome abortions on the rise in Scotland

Scottish abortion statistics have revealed a 48 percent increase in abortion for Down’s syndrome since 2010, and campaign groups have claimed this will only get worse. People with Down’s syndrome, their families and advocacy groups expressed concern over the Scottish abortion statistics released by NHS Scotland’s information services division. The statistics revealed that there…

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July 2019
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Parents to be treated as ‘suspects’ if smacking ban goes ahead, top prosecutor admits

The top prosecutor in Wales has admitted that parents will be treated as ‘suspects’, if a proposed smacking ban goes ahead, adding that he can foresee ‘real difficulties’. The stark comments were made by Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wales, who was giving evidence to a Committee of the Welsh Assembly. He was…

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July 2019
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Abortions at record high in England and Wales

There were more than 200,000 abortions in England and Wales last year, the highest number ever recorded. Over the past ten years rates have been increasing among older women aged over 35, figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show. In total, there were 200,608 abortions in women living in England and…

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June 2019
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Abortion report undermines Northern Ireland devolution

A report on abortion law in Northern Ireland makes recommendations that will undermine devolution and bypass the Northern Ireland Assembly, public policy charity CARE has warned. At the end of April, the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) Report on abortion law in Northern Ireland recommended that devolution be by-passed, and abortion legalised in Northern…

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June 2019
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Pro-life speech shut down across Scotland

A pro-life student university group has launched a legal challenge against the University of Aberdeen after its attempts at affiliation were repeatedly rejected by the Students’ Union, based on their policy barring pro-life societies on campus. According to the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society (Ales), the case is…

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June 2019
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Beware of plans to regulate the internet, groups warn

Government proposals to police the internet by imposing fines on websites which fail to tackle ‘online harms’ have come under criticism from free speech groups. Five civil liberties organisations have written a joint letter to the press saying the plans, if enacted, would make China’s state censors proud. The five groups are English PEN,…

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May 2019
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Royal College of Physicians drops opposition to assisted dying

The Royal College of Physicians has adopted a ‘neutral’ position on assisted dying, after a highly controversial ‘sham’ poll of its members. The college surveyed its 36,000 members about whether the law should be changed to permit doctor-assisted dying. It found 43.4 per cent of respondents were opposed to a change in the law,…

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