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  • Women desperate to have children are being put under pressure to pay for additional IVF treatment, the fertility watchdog warns today.

    Sally Cheshire, chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, admits she has no powers to prevent unscrupulous clinics selling these procedures.

    Such add-ons include screening to select the best embryos, procedures to help them implant into the womb and drugs to prevent a woman’s body rejecting them.

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  • The state of California charged David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) with 15 crimes today.

    CMP's undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the prices of aborted baby body parts spurred a Congressional investigation and calls for the abortion company to be stripped of its federal tax dollars.

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  • If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo — not now, not ever. And if you see homosexuality as another aspect of sexual brokenness, something for which Jesus died and something from which you can be healed, your opinion is not welcome on Vimeo. Case closed, door shut, end of subject. In the words of Dr. David Kyle Foster, director of Pure Passion Ministries and himself a former homosexual, "This is pure religious bigotry and censorship."

    Last December, Vimeo contacted Foster to inform him that some of Pure Passion's videos had been marked by a moderator since "Vimeo does not allow videos that harass, incite hatred or depict excessive violence." They instructed him to "remove any and all videos of this sort from" his account — he had 850 videos on Vimeo — and let him know that his account would be reviewed in 48 hours. If his ministry failed to remove the allegedly offensive videos, then "your videos and/or your account may be removed by a Vimeo moderator."

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  • In The Trouble with PrincipleStanley Fish recites an observation that John Milton included in his Areopagitica: "No law, Milton points out, can permit activity that constitutes an assault on it, no law, that is, that 'intends not to unlaw itself.'" Even more self-cancelling is for a law to permit an interpretation of its text that abolishes the very concepts on which its edict depends. In such case, both the law and its interpretation stall in mutual nullification.

    Two questions, then. One: Does the federal law prohibiting "sex discrimination" forbid us to countenance the category of "sex"—and thus of "sex discrimination"? Two: Can the rule of law survive a yes answer to question one?

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  • Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has expressed his disappointment with how society continues to be suspicious of people who have faith.

    Speaking to the Evening Standard he suggested people are afraid to talk about religion as a result.

    He said: "In America you've got to invent a faith to be taken seriously; in the UK you have to pretend not to have one.

    "You shouldn't be ashamed."

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  • Speaking at the Muslim News Awards For Excellence, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid discusses how we should respond to terror attacks.

    I think it’s fitting that the trophies being given to the winners tonight are based on an astrolabe.

    It’s an ancient device used by navigators.

    A tool that shows you the way even in the darkest night.

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  • The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and London's Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement Matthew Ryder QC have criticised the Government's proposals to increase the extent to which 'faith' schools in England are allowed to religiously discriminate in their admission arrangements. The proposals were described as 'a threat to the drive to pursue greater integration in our schools'.

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  • Denmark is on its way to matching Iceland's 100-percent abortion rate for unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome.

    In 2014, the Danish government reported 98 percent of unborn babies who tested positive for Down syndrome were aborted.

    And cultural attitudes toward children with disabilities are not getting any better in western culture. As The Federalist’s Georgi Boorman pointed out, Denmark is working to become "Down syndrome free" within the next decade.

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  • The basics of English divorce law are crudely these: separate for five years and the decree comes by rubber stamp (two years if the other party consents), or you can get an earlier order by proving misconduct. The result of a case in the Court of Appeal last week suggests that it has got the right balance.

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  • The government is being urged to identify and support thousands of "hidden" children and young people who drop out of school and disappear off the radar, leaving them at increased risk of abuse and exploitation.

    The National Children's Bureau (NCB), a leading children’s charity, says problems such as bullying, special educational needs, neglect and domestic violence at home, can cause a child to disappear from school for months, even years.

    They miss out on their education, which compromises their future prospects, and become more vulnerable as they are beyond the protective reach of school and support services.

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