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February 2020
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Scottish councillors oppose smacking ban

Scottish councillors have expressed significant concerns over the country’s incoming smacking ban, claiming it would be difficult to police effectively. A poll carried out among nearly one in five of all councillors across Scotland found the vast majority did not believe it should be a criminal offence to smack a child. The poll, organised…

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February 2020
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Controversial archbishop appointed to York

Evangelicals have expressed concern over the appointment of the current Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, as the next Archbishop of York. According to reports in Pink News and church newspapers, Bishop Stephen has previously told faithful clergy in his diocese that they ‘could leave’ if they did not agree with his approach on human…

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February 2020
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Northern Ireland consultation on helping problem gamblers

A consultation has been launched in Northern Ireland on new proposals which may help problem gamblers. The consultation was launched by the Department of Communities (DoC) and will remain open until 21 February. It covers a wide array of issues, such as tighter regulation around casinos and online gambling, as well as better research,…

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February 2020
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Trans woman hounded by transgender activists

A transsexual, pro-trans rights activist faces being booted from an LGBT committee over repeated assertions that biological sex is fixed and cannot be changed. Dr Debbie Hayton, who was born male but transitioned to female as an adult and now lives as a woman, has been targeted on social media and by colleagues on…

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February 2020
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Down’s syndrome test has led to sharp drop in birth rates

The number of Down’s syndrome babies carried to term has dropped by nearly one-third in the space of just four years, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. Campaigners from the Don’t Screen Us Out group issued a series of FOI requests, which showed that the number of babies born with Down’s syndrome…

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February 2020
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NI gains marriage protections

Free speech and religious liberty protections will be put in place alongside the introduction of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the Government has promised. With the first same-sex marriages expected to take place in February the Northern Ireland Office had been warned that it faced possible legal action if protections were not in place.…

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January 2020
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UK abortion provider is behind calls for general election pledges

The UK’s largest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) was behind calls for general election candidates to pledge to introduce abortion up to birth. According to reports, the ‘my pledge, my choice’ campaign was launched at the end of November to deliberately target the political candidates and get them to pledge to…

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January 2020
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High Court ruling on euthanasia welcomed

Christian advocacy group CARE has welcomed a decision by the High Court to refuse a new challenge to the existing law on assisted suicide. Phil Newby, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2014, had proposed that the court ‘test the evidence’ on assisted suicide, by examining a wide body of evidence from…

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January 2020
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Allow teenagers to have abortions at home after Skype chat, doctor says

Teenage girls should be allowed to take an abortion pill at home or school after a quick online video chat with a doctor via Skype or Facetime, a top doctor has said. The controversial proposals have been made by the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Lesley Regan wants the…

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January 2020
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Caretaker sues school over LGBT ‘mob rule’

A Christian pastor and school caretaker is taking legal action against his former employer, a school, over what the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) called ‘capitulating to mob rule’. Keith Waters, 53, sent a tweet stating that gay pride events were harmful to children and shouldn’t be attended by Christians. Following this, he experienced a…

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January 2020
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BBC highlights the suffering of transsexuals who detransition

A BBC Newsnight investigation has found growing numbers of transgender people are desperately trying to detransition – to change back to their birth gender. The programme, called Detransitioning: How do I go back to the Debbie I was?, revealed some people have to spend years on waiting lists before being seen by an expert.…

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January 2020
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School protest banned in gay teaching row

Parents will continue to be banned from protesting outside a school in opposition to new LGBT lessons, following a decision by the High Court. An exclusion zone will remain around Anderton Park school, in Birmingham. Campaigners have accused the city council of trying to silence debate. Many parents are concerned the lessons are not…

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