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May 2018
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Ethics – Medical conscience rights

Members of the House of Lords have heard arguments for and against allowing medical practitioners to have conscience rights enshrined into UK law. In March, Baroness O’Loan’s Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill went to the Committee Stage in the House of Lords. The bill will clarify the law to ensure conscience protections are in…

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April 2018
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Ethics – Pro-lifer praying is ‘abuse’

For pro-life supporters to pray openly outside abortion clinics is ‘abuse and harassment’, Labour MP Fabian Hamilton has claimed. The pro-abortion MP claimed abortion was an issue of ‘gender equality’, as he backed laws on ‘buffer zones’ around abortion centres. Those who stand outside or near abortion centres, keeping vigil and praying for the…

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April 2018
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Ethics – Pro-gay charity tackles churches

A new organisation has been established to subvert churches and other religious groups that hold to traditional beliefs about sexual ethics. The Ozanne Foundation was set up in January by Jayne Ozanne, who describes herself as a ‘gay evangelical’. The new foundation has gained support from some leading figures in the Church of England,…

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April 2018
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Ethics – ‘Underground schools’

Children are being indoctrinated and exposed to danger by religious extremists in ‘underground schools’, a report from Ofsted has suggested. The education regulator claimed it had identified more than 350 illegal schools operating outside state schools or registered private schools. According to reports in the Times, Ofsted has issued safeguarding alerts — concerns of…

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March 2018
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Ethics – Freedom of conscience for medics

Medical professionals may be given freedom of conscience over ethical decisions, if a bill is passed into British law. Brought to ensure conscientious objection rights for all medical professionals, the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill, sponsored by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, was debated in Parliament earlier this year. The bill aims to clarify the law…

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March 2018
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Ethics – NHS gives men smear tests

Men who register with their GP as women are being routinely invited to breast cancer screenings and smear tests by the National Health Service. This is still the case, even if men have not had the operation to become a woman and therefore do not have a cervix that would require a smear test.…

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February 2018
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Ethics – Pro-life awareness

Last year, sadly, marked the 50th year since the UK’s 1967 Abortion Act. On Friday 3 November, newly established centre Pregnancy Advice Sheffield (PAS) hosted an evening to increase pro-life awareness among Christians. PAS seeks to provide quality information and professional advice to pregnant women, to demonstrate the importance of choosing life. Our three…

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February 2018
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Ethics – Gender plans divisive

Then Equalities Minister Justine Greening admitted the government’s plans to make it easier to change sex are ‘complex’ and ‘divisive’. Although the minister has been championing the change to the law to allow people to legally change sex by self-declaration, without needing medical approval or a waiting period, the plans are being strongly opposed.…

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February 2018
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Ethics – Down’s abortions criticised

BBC Radio 2 listeners have objected to abortion for Down’s syndrome, following a phone-in debate on the Jeremy Vine show. Last year, presenter Mr Vine examined the recent push by the government and NHS for more accurate prenatal testing to identify Down’s syndrome. Around 92 per cent of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome in…

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February 2018
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Ethics – Lord Shinkwin pushed out

Lord Shinkwin has resigned as a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) after political pressure from humanist groups. Lord Shinkwin had been campaigning to get the commission to support a bill he is proposing in the House of Lords, seeking to ban abortion on the grounds of disability, including fatal foetal…

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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…

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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…

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