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November 2019
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Family wins the right to give their daughter chance of survival in Italy

The family of a seriously ill girl has won the right to take her to a hospital in Italy to receive treatment. Doctors in the UK wanted to end the life support of Tafida Raqeeb, aged five, but her family refused. The case ended up in court and the judge, Mr Justice MacDonald, sided…

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November 2019
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Controversial ‘named person’ scheme dropped

Plans to give every child in Scotland a state-mandated guardian – undermining the role of parents – have been dropped by the Scottish Government. Five years after the scheme was first proposed, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced in Holyrood that it would not be going ahead. The original proposal tasked state guardians with…

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November 2019
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Hundreds of adults seek gender change reversal

Hundreds of young adults who were assigned a new gender while teenagers, are seeking to get a medical reversal back to their birth sex. According to a report from Sky News, a new charity is being set up to help people make the change back after undergoing gruelling gender conversion therapy. Charlie Evans, founder…

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November 2019
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No-fault divorce Bill dropped as Parliament is prorogued

A Bill to make divorce quicker and easier has fallen before it can become law following the proroguing of Parliament. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was dropped as it had failed to pass all its parliamentary stages before the parliamentary session was wrapped up. Pro-family groups have welcomed the news. However, the plans…

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November 2019
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Poll shows majority against new abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Most people are against the forced and undemocratic imposition of new liberal abortion laws on Northern Ireland, a recent survey shows. The poll, weighted to reflect Northern Irish society, revealed a majority of 52 per cent oppose new laws being brought in, with fewer than 40 per cent in favour. Westminster politicians voted in…

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November 2019
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MSPs vote to outlaw smacking

Scotland has become the first country in the UK to criminalise parents who smack their own children. The ban on all physical punishment was backed by 84 votes to 29 in the Scottish Parliament. The ban was opposed by the Scottish Conservatives, who said the bill was bad legislation that risks criminalising ‘good parents’…

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November 2019
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Court says Bible verse is ‘incompatible with human dignity’

In a shocking decision, an employment tribunal has ruled that a Christian doctor’s belief in Genesis 1:27 is ‘incompatible with human dignity’. Dr David Mackereth told his employer he would not use transgender pronouns as people’s chosen sex as it went against his Christian faith. He then claimed his employer – the Department for…

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October 2019
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Pro-lifer loses Ealing abortion clinic appeal

Pro-life campaigner Alina Dulgheriu lost her challenge at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, when it upheld a High Court decision to create a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around an abortion facility in Ealing, London. As reported earlier this year in ET, Dulgheriu challenged the order, which criminalises activities including silent prayer…

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October 2019
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Fresh blow to named person scheme

Scotland’s proposed Named Person scheme has received a fresh blow that could derail the controversial proposals, experts have claimed. According to latest information from Holyrood’s education committee, a code of practice that the committee demanded before it would allow the Named Person data sharing Bill to progress has not been created. Deputy First Minister…

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October 2019
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Thousands sign petition to support Norwich bus driver

More than 25,000 people signed a petition in August to reinstate a Christian bus driver who was suspended for refusing to drive a bus decked in pro-Pride slogans. The unnamed bus driver, working for Konect buses in Norwich, was suspended from his job and is facing a disciplinary hearing after he refused to drive…

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October 2019
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Government urged to close ‘abuse of trust’ loophole

The government is being pressed to close a loophole that allows sports coaches and religious figures to have sexual relationships with young people aged 16 and 17. Currently, children under the age of 18 are protected in law from being abused by those in a position of trust, and the law is particularly relevant…

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October 2019
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Rampant secularism is fuelling the culture wars, says Melanie Phillips

Rejection of Christianity has served only to undermine western values of freedom and tolerance, according to journalist and author, Melanie Phillips. Writing in The Times she argues that virtually the entire education establishment has decided that Western values should no longer be transmitted. ‘The bedrock principles of the West had to be replaced by…

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