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August 2020
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Campaigners fail in their bid to legalise abortion on demand

Pro-abortion MPs have failed in an attempt to introduce abortion on demand in England and Wales. The radical plan came in the form of a proposed amendment to the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill. But the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, did not select Labour MP Diana Johnson’s amendment to repeal…

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August 2020
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An undercover investigation reveals ‘illegal’ and ‘unsafe’ home abortions

A Christian group has conducted an undercover investigation and accused abortion providers of putting women at risk by breaking the rules for distributing termination pills. Christian Concern commissioned a public health consultant, Kevin Duffy, to carry out a research exercise. Eight volunteers took part in an industry standard ‘mystery client’ exercise to see if…

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August 2020
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Christian MP ‘furious’ that churches were not loud enough about reopening

Churches should have done more to pressurise the government to reopen places of worship, one Christian MP has said. Derek Thomas, Conservative MP for St Ives, said although he’s happy churches in England were allowed to reopen from 4th July, Christians could have done more to lobby on the issue. ‘I am inwardly furious,’…

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August 2020
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Boris thanks Christians for their prayers, and says ‘it seems to have worked’

The Prime Minister has thanked Christians who prayed for him while he was hospitalised with coronavirus earlier this year. Boris Johnson was speaking at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, which was broadcast live from the Houses of Parliament. The annual event is organised by the cross-party group, Christians in Parliament. It exists to recognise…

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August 2020
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Scottish government U-turn after criticism over reopening churches

The Scottish government changed its mind last month to allow churches to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown. Initially, Nicola Sturgeon’s government was going to force churches to remain closed for longer, even though pubs and restaurants were allowed to reopen. But following a huge backlash from churchgoers across the country the government in Edinburgh…

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August 2020
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Judicial review granted over DIY ‘at home’ abortions

The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of the High Court to reject Christian Concern’s legal challenge against the legalisation of DIY abortions. In the order published, Lord Justice Lewison ruled it was ‘arguable’ that the Health Secretary Matt Hancock exceeded his powers under the 1967 Abortion Act when he designated ‘a pregnant…

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August 2020
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Controversial Sunday trading proposals have been dropped

The government’s controversial plan to further liberalise the Sunday trading laws has been dropped. A relaxation of existing rules on Sunday trading was being considered as part of a range of measures to help the economy recover from the coronavirus lockdown. There was strong opposition to the proposal, with campaign groups such as CARE…

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August 2020
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Pro-Life Down’s Syndrome campaigner gets married

Pro-life campaigner Heidi Crowter, an advocate for the ‘Don’t Screen us Out’ campaign and defender of human rights for people with Down’s Syndrome, has celebrated her marriage. As the government eased lockdown measures, Mrs Carter — nee Crowter — and her husband James Carter, started to plan their socially distanced wedding at their church,…

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August 2020
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Caring for Life innovates under lockdown

‘Hands on’ support of vulnerable people characterises the ministry of Caring For Life, but the lockdown has compelled the charity to adapt and innovate. The charity’s mission is to share the love of Christ by providing housing, support, and a range of lively daytime activity projects to society’s marginalised and needy. However, since March…

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July 2020
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Christians in Sport speak about the place of faith in pro football

Members of Christians in Sport (CIS) have spoken of the impact of Christianity in professional football. In a wide-ranging interview with The Times, CIS General Director Graham Daniels highlighted the increasing willingness of footballers to talk about God. Daniels, a former player and now Director of Football at Cambridge United, came to faith as…

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July 2020
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Legal action launched to end DIY abortions

Christian Concern has lodged papers to the Court of Appeal, seeking to put an end to do-it-yourself ‘home abortions’. The Christian advocacy group is seeking to overturn a High Court decision in May not to review the government’s policy on allowing people to get abortion kits sent to their homes. The group, among others,…

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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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