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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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Tom Holland hits out at preachers who sound like ‘middle managers’

Mainstream church leaders are fumbling their opportunity to preach to a world tormented by the coronavirus and are instead talking like middle managers, says Tom Holland writing in The Telegraph. He said,  ‘The welfare state can provide care for the sick, but it cannot provide what Christianity, over the course of the past 2,000…

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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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Under 18s may be safeguarded from ‘irreversible’ transgender treatment

Youngsters aged under 18 could be stopped from having ‘irreversible’ sex-change treatments, the government has signalled. The equalities minister Liz Truss said she wanted to ‘protect’ under 18s with gender dysphoria from making decisions which cannot be reversed. The government is currently reviewing the law on transgenderism, with trans campaigners calling for the rules…

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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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May 2020
News > Ethics > International > Religious liberty > Society

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
News > Politics > Society

Public ignored as extreme abortion laws are forced on Northern Ireland

Politicians in Northern Ireland (NI) have accused Westminster of ‘riding roughshod’ over the will of the Province, following the imposition of highly permissive abortion laws. The new abortion regime came into force in March, despite massive resistance from the public and campaign groups and no mandate from the Northern Ireland Assembly. The changes to…

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May 2020
News > Religious liberty > Society

Hotel shuts down ‘marriage matters’ event, church minister to take action

The Christian Institute has put its legal support behind a church minister punished by a Belfast hotel for his biblical beliefs about marriage. In October 2019, Revd Harry Coulter was forced to stop an event in support of traditional marriage at the Balmoral Hotel in Belfast. The ‘Marriage Matters’ event, which was addressing the…

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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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May 2020
News > Education > Society

Council drops sex education lessons fearing legal challenge

Warwickshire County Council has ditched a highly inappropriate scheme of sex education lessons after lawyers warned of legal action. The lessons were aimed at young children in primary school. They encouraged masturbation and included ‘gratuitously graphic’ sexual images but there was no reference to marriage. Lawyers acting for The Christian Institute notified the council…

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