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October 2018
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Ethics – Sexual abuse worker speaks out

Women seeking help at sexual abuse shelters could be put at risk if their shelters are forced to accept men claiming to identify as women, one worker has said. The female worker’s comments came after a report by LGBT rights group Stonewall, published in August, claimed sexual abuse shelters would be unaffected by assisting men who identify as women. Writing anonymously on the Woman’s Place website, she called the report ‘at best a disingenuous depiction’ of the views of people working with abused women, and warned Stonewall could be guilty of attempting to dupe the public. She commented, ‘It could trick supporters and the public...

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October 2018
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Ethics – Betting shops dodge advertising ban

Gambling companies have been side-stepping a ban on advertising to children by sponsoring football teams, Christian charity group CARE has warned. In a statement, it said gambling advertising has effectively dodged a ruling to protect under-age children from seeing gambling adverts by sponsoring football clubs and putting their logos on team shirts. Research carried out by CARE has revealed nine out of 20 Premier League teams, and 17 out of 24 teams in the Championship are sponsored by betting companies. In total, across the top two leagues in the UK, 60 per cent of teams will have gambling companies as their sponsors. A statement from...

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October 2018
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Ethics – ‘Trans’ prisoner assaults women

A convicted paedophile and rapist, who was transferred to a women’s prison after he said he was transgender, sexually assaulted multiple women within days of the move. The man, who calls himself Karen White, pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping a woman in 2016, having previously been convicted of a sex attack on a child in 2001. He has now been accused of exploiting a rule which allows men who say they are women to be remanded into the prison which matches their ‘gender identity’ at the Prison Service’s discretion. Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform said there was currently a...

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October 2018
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Ethics – Smyth death reignites abuse reports

Former barrister John Smyth QC, who had been accused of abusing boys attending Christian summer camps, has died at his home in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr Smyth had been wanted for questioning over abuse claims concerning boys at Winchester College during the 1970s and 1980s, following an in-depth investigation carried out by Channel 4 News last year. According to BBC News, his family said the cause of death appeared to be a sudden heart attack following a heart procedure last week, and asked to be ‘left alone’ to grieve in private. However the news reignited the controversy. Victim advocate, Andrew Graystone, told BBC News...

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October 2018
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Ethics – Pro-trans MP bullied by trans lobby

Caroline Lucas MP, the former leader of the Green Party and a known champion of gay and transgender rights, has been branded ‘transphobic’ for agreeing to meet with a women’s group called Woman’s Place UK. As reported by The Christian Institute, Ms Lucas had agreed to meet with the feminist group to hear their concerns over matters such as safe spaces for women. Ironically, Ms Lucas had agreed to meet with Woman’s Place while responding to a transgender school teacher on Twitter, who encouraged Ms Lucas to speak with women and transsexuals about the ‘lack of confidence’ and ‘fear’ among feminist and trans groups. But...

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September 2018
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MPs push to liberalise abortion laws

Vital protections for unborn children are put at risk by more than 170 parliamentarians More than 170 politicians from the UK and the Irish Republic signed an open letter in the Sunday Times, calling for a radical liberalisation of abortion law. The letter called on the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC) to ensure that section 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 be repealed from Westminster. Currently, foetuses in the UK are protected after 24 weeks — which is when the baby is considered viable for life outside of the womb — but the letter called on the British and Irish governments...

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September 2018
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Ethics – ‘Brain damage’ safeguard removed

The UK Supreme Court has removed an important safeguard from ‘brain damaged’ patients, making it easier to end their lives early. Until now, doctors and families had to go to court to take the ultimate step of withdrawing food and fluids from such patients. But the Supreme Court has decided that doctors can go ahead without going to court, as long as doctors and families both agree. The decision has been met with criticism. Campaign Director of Care Not Killing, Dr Peter Saunders, commented: ‘This is concerning and disappointing news, because it removes an important safeguard from those without a voice. ‘Once we accept that...

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September 2018
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Ethics – Pro-life group evicted

A pro-life group was thrown out of a Lambeth Council outdoor event because it went against the local authority’s ‘values’. The Life charity, which helps vulnerable women and the unborn, said the council’s actions were a breach of freedom of speech and did a disservice to ‘women in crisis who may need our help’. Life had applied in January to be part of the event, explaining what it did and including pictures of previous exhibits. It also provided a link to its website and said it was a pro-life charity. The application was approved in April but a volunteer arrived on the second day of...

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September 2018
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Ethics – Gov’t cannot silence faith schools

The UK government’s attempt to silence church schools on gay marriage is ‘legally flawed’, a human rights expert has warned. According to Professor Christopher McCrudden, a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, moves by the Department for Education (DfE) to penalise schools that refuse to recognise same-sex marriages would be ‘not consistent’ with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In a detailed legal opinion, commissioned by The Christian Institute, Mr McCrudden said, ‘The proposed DfE’s guidance is not consistent in several respects with the Department’s legal obligations under either the ECHR or the public sector equality duty. The application of common law and statutory constraints leads...

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Ethics – Sheffield pregnancy advice
August 2018
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Ethics – Sheffield pregnancy advice

The Sheffield Pregnancy Advice Centre has seen great progress over the past six months, for which we are thankful, but we are being stretched as well. 1 Samuel 7:12 says, ‘Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us”’. This text is a helpful reminder to look back on what the Lord has done. Since November 2017, we have held pro-life information meetings in Sheffield, Kampala in Uganda, Barry in South Wales and Belfast in Northern Ireland, and in July we will have one in Newcastle....

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August 2018
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Ethics – Rapper’s abortion regret

British rapper, ‘Professor Green’, has spoken out against an abortion that a former girlfriend of his had many years ago. According to an interview with The Sun on Sunday, the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, says he still thinks about the decision with regret. He told The Sun on Sunday: ‘We decided to have an abortion because we didn’t want our child to go through the same stresses we went through growing up. Almost as soon as we’d done it, we realised we regretted it. It stuck with me for a long time afterwards and it still hurts now’. The rapper added:...

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July 2018
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Ethics – Local perspective on Guernsey’s rejection of assisted dying

One church pastor on the channel island of Guernsey tells us about the recent decision to reject proposals to introduce assisted dying. If the proposals had gone ahead, pressure for similar measures in the UK would have seriously increased. For twelve weeks during February to May this year, the usually quiet, safe island of Guernsey felt like it was on the edge of a precipice. Legislators were bidding to make Guernsey the first place in the British Isles to introduce assisted dying (or more aptly, assisted suicide). Thankfully, with all the credit going to God, the decisive vote was eventually defeated by a sizeable majority....

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