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  • Pro-life campaigners have hit out at calls for a change in the law to allow women to have 'DIY' abortions at home.

    A study, by medical researchers at Glasgow University, says that women should be allowed to self-administer abortifacient drugs at home, in "comfort and privacy".

    Currently, Scottish women have to take abortion drugs in the company of a healthcare professional and are offered the choice of staying in hospital.

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  • Religious people are less intelligent on average than atheists because faith is an instinct and clever people are better at rising above their instincts, researchers have claimed.

    The theory — called the 'Intelligence-Mismatch Association Model' — was proposed by a pair of authors who set out to explain why numerous studies over past decades have found religious people to have lower average intelligence than people who do not believe in a god.

    A 2013 analysis by University of Rochester found "a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity" in 53 out of 63 historic studies.

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  • Family breakdown. It's all around. Britain's couples have the highest levels of break-up in the entire developed world. Half of all our teens are no longer living with both natural parents.

    But does this really matter? After all, ever since divorce rates soared in the 1960s and 1970s, the nasty stigma surrounding divorce gradually dissipated. That has to be a good thing, right?

    Among parents who do split up - half of whom are now unmarried couples - the latest research acknowledges that personal well-being tends to take a bit of a dive on average. That's hardly surprising. For some the nightmare is over. But for many more, so is the dream.

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  • In 2008, Frances Inglis, injected her son Tom with a massive overdose of heroin, which ended his life. Tom had become brain-damaged, after an accident; he was paralysed, doubly incontinent and unable to communicate. Francis, a mother of three who worked with adults and children with learning and physical disabilities, considered what she did a "mercy killing". In court, she admitted killing him, saying, "I did it with love in my heart"—as his mother, she couldn't bear to see him in that state. She was convicted of murder and given a life sentence. Frances was released after serving five years in prison.

    Around the same time, Kay Gilderdale was also in court. Her 31-year-old daughter Lynn had been paralysed since she was 14. In frequent agony, she received a constant supply of the painkiller morphine through a syringe driver into her veins. But, unlike Tom Inglis in the previous story, Lynn was able to communicate through sign language, and participated in online forums through a hand-held computer. She laid bare her frustrations, describing her "miserable excuse for a life" and adding, "I can't keep hanging on to an ever-diminishing hope that I might one day be well again".

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  • 'There is no Mayism' echoed around the hall in Halifax where Theresa May launched the Conservative manifesto.

    But despite denying there was a cult or particular philosophy around her leadership, the Prime Minister's manifesto marks a break from Thatcherism and the Conservative party under David Cameron.

    Ending middle class benefits, refusing to deny any tax rises and a delay in the deficit reduction plans – this is manifesto that will see the notion of 'Red Tory' whispered around Westminster again.

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  • The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which takes place annually on May 17, marks the continuing persecution of LGBT people around the world.

    The day was marked in a few surprising places, with the rainbow flag flying in Lebanon to mark the occasion.

    The British Embassy Beirut marked the day by flying the rainbow flag from its embassy in the country's capital, while the Dutch Embassy in Beirut also marked the occasion.

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  • The transgender/transsexual community is not one homogeneous group whose members believe unanimously in the new 'gender identity' ideology, although these have been the loudest voices and the ones which have been listened to in the shaping of policy. It's important to know that there are also many in the community itself who are in fundamental disagreement with both the ideology and the push to transition children. Those who speak out put themselves at risk of attack as much as anyone else who questions these new beliefs. Most notably, Miranda Yardley has written extensively on the illogic of 'gender identity' ideology and its impact on both women and children.

    At Transgender Trend we are sometimes contacted by transsexual/transgender adults who express great concern about the transitioning of children and support the work we do to challenge it. The following guest post was written for us by Jenn Smith, a 52 year old transgender from Canada who opposes child gender indoctrination and the destruction of women's safe spaces, and has started a YouTube channel 'Transanity' to campaign on these issues. We thank Jenn for this honest piece and unique perspective on the dangers of the gender indoctrination of children in schools and its particular effect on boys and young men.

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  • Theresa May's unveiled the Conservative Party manifesto and warned the next five years will be "among the most challenging of our lifetime".

    She's promised a government which will tackle the "five giant challenges" facing Britain over the coming decade.

    They include the economy, Brexit, social divisions, social care and technology.

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  • heresa May has said that her government is reviewing the Gender Recognition Act to make it work better for trans people.

    Speaking exclusively in a PinkNews General Election Q&A published today, Mrs May said that the process to change gender should move away from medical checks.

    The Gender Recognition Act currently allows people with gender dysphoria to get a new birth certificate, but the process is complex and bureaucratic.

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  • A former Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland is condemning a bid to outlaw smacking in the country.

    A Private Members' Bill is being put forward by Scottish Green MSP John Finnie that would remove the legal protection parents currently have.

    Rev David Robertson, who also founded the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, says it's a ridiculous idea because it would criminalise parents and waste resources.

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