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November 2020
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NHS taken to court in landmark legal case against children’s gender clinic

A woman who was given puberty blockers as a teenager has taken legal action against an NHS clinic in a landmark trial in the High Court. Keira Bell, now aged 23, was just a teenager when she was given hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones to give her the appearance of being male. Having since…

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October 2020
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Christian rugby star refuses to ‘take a knee’ for BLM

Christian rugby star Billy Vunipola has defended his decision not to kneel in support of Black Lives Matter. For the restart of Premiership rugby matches following lockdown, all clubs chose to show their support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The Saracens, the club for which Mr Vunipola plays, were asked if they…

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October 2020
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Teenage girl to challenge prosecutor’s impartiality

A teenage girl who challenged the Crown Prosecution Service over guidance it had put in place for schools earlier this year is now taking them to the High Court. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, applied to the High Court for a Judicial Review in September over the CPS’s continued membership…

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September 2020
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Murder enquiry and two maternal deaths revealed in NHS ‘home abortions’ email

An email from an NHS chief midwife reveals a murder investigation has been launched into the death of a newborn baby after the mother took home abortion pills. The email says the baby may have been aborted after birth, and it also reveals that two mothers died after taking abortion pills at home. The…

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July 2020
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Judge decides patient can die rather than live with stoma bag

A judge has ruled that a patient with bowel problems should be allowed to die rather than live with a stoma bag. A stoma is an opening in the abdomen and a bag is attached to collect faeces or urine. One bowel cancer charity said it was ‘tragic’ that death is seen as a…

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July 2020
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Scottish bill will ‘close down’ free speech

The Scottish Government has come under increasing pressure to modify its Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, with critics warning it can be weaponised to destroy free speech. The bill seeks to extend the current laws on ‘hate crimes’ against particular characteristics, including religion, race, sexual orientation, and transgender identity. Ciarán Kelly, deputy…

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July 2020
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Stormont ‘sends a message’ against new abortion laws imposed by Westminster

The Northern Ireland (NI) Assembly has voted to pass a motion to reject recent changes to abortion laws in Northern Ireland. The new abortion regulations, drawn up by Westminster while Stormont was not sitting, came into force in March after a vote in 2019. The motion, brought by the DUP, passed by 46 votes…

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July 2020
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Boris drops trans plans

A leaked government report says Boris Johnson will scrap plans to allow people to change their legal gender by ‘self-identifying’ as male or female. In addition, the government is preparing to set out new safeguards to protect female-only spaces, such as changing rooms. The move is likely to anger transgender activists who object to…

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July 2020
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MPs back ‘no fault’ divorce

The House of Commons has passed a government bill to make divorce even quicker and easier than it already is. MPs voted in favour of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which has already passed the House of Lords. Currently, for a couple to start divorce proceedings immediately, one spouse has to allege that…

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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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