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  • DPP Alison Saunders amended the prosecution policy for assisted suicide in October 2014.

    Merv and Nikki Kenward, from Aston on Clun, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, said that the change in wording made it less likely that healthcare professionals would be prosecuted for assisting suicide.

    Mrs Kenward was stricken by Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 1990 and left almost completely paralysed for five months, able only to blink her right eye.

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  • Disability rights campaigners have failed in a bid to challenge the Director of Public Prosecution’s policy on assisted dying which they fear leaves vulnerable people "at risk from dodgy doctors".

    The Court of Appeal today told Nikki and Merv Kenward it was "futile" to allow them permission to appeal against an earlier High Court ruling that Alison Saunders’s updated advice does not breach the Suicide Act.

    The 1961 legislation makes assisting or encouraging suicide a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment.

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  • Disability rights campaigners have failed in their bid to appeal against a High Court decision rejecting their challenge to a change to the Director of Public Prosecution's (DPP) policy on cases of assisted dying.

    DPP Alison Saunders amended the prosecution policy for assisted suicide in October 2014.

    Merv and Nikki Kenward, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, said that the change in wording made it less likely that healthcare professionals would be prosecuted for assisting suicide.

    Read more.

  • Disability campaigners from Shropshire will bring a legal challenge against the Director of Public Prosecutions, over current assisted suicide laws.

    The 1961 Suicide Act makes it a criminal offence to assist or encourage suicide. The DPP has a discretion on whether to prosecute.

    In October 2014, Alison Saunders amended the policy, making the prosecution of healthcare professionals in assisted suicide cases less likely.

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  • Disability rights campaigners are to ask the Court of Appeal to examine whether the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) acted lawfully in changing prosecution policy in cases of assisted dying.

    Merv and Nikki Kenward, from Aston on Clun, Shropshire, are seeking permission to appeal against a High Court ruling handed down in December 2015.

    Mrs Kenward was stricken by Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 1990 and left almost completely paralysed for five months, able only to blink her right eye.

    Read more.

  • Disability rights campaigners are to ask the Court of Appeal to examine whether the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) acted lawfully in changing prosecution policy in cases of assisted dying.

    Merv and Nikki Kenward, from Aston on Clun, Shropshire, are seeking permission to appeal against a High Court ruling handed down in December 2015.

    Mrs Kenward was stricken by Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 1990 and left almost completely paralysed for five months, able only to blink her right eye.

    Read more.

  • Prof Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, signed the country’s 30,000 midwives to a campaign to legalise abortion up to birth.

    Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), will step down from the role and retire at the end of August 2017, it has been announced.

    Prof Warwick is also Chairman of Trustees for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), and came under fire when she signed the RCM up to their "We Trust Women Campaign", which advocates for full decriminalisation of abortion on demand up to birth.

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  • Faith to Faithless, a community support network for 'apostates' and the ex-religious founded by Aliyah Saleem and Imtiaz Shams in 2015, is now a part of the British Humanist Association (BHA), the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people in the United Kingdom.

    BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented, 'A brief look at the statistics — which show that two thirds of younger people in Britain are non-religious — can create the misleading impression that this new majority faces little hardship because of what they believe or don’t believe.

    'But look a little further, and you’ll find many non-religious people are discriminated against. Many who are treated this way are overlooked "minorities within minorities" who face rejection, victimisation, and abuse when they leave behind the religion they were raised in. As the national charity supporting the non-religious to live free and full lives, we are happy to take on the challenge of supporting ex-religious people either in crisis or in search of community. I’m delighted that we’ll soon be ready to offer that support much more widely through Faith to Faithless.'

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  • Worldwide abortion provider Marie Stopes International has been performing illegal abortions in Uganda, dumping the bodies of aborted babies in open sewers, and routinely concealing this practice from the U.S. foreign aid Agency USAID, according to a video released this week.

    The charges came to light in a chilling video, Killing Africa, from the London, England-based Culture of Life Africa organization.

    Desire Kirabo, a former MSI clinic staffer in Uganda, said in an interview by Culture of Life Africa founder and president Obianuju Ekeocha that "It was all about abortion," contrary to what she was told when hired in 2011 that the clinic provided "family planning."

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  • Worldwide abortion provider Marie Stopes International has been performing illegal abortions in Uganda, dumping the bodies of aborted babies in open sewers, and routinely concealing this practice from the U.S. foreign aid Agency USAID, according to a video released this week.

    The charges came to light in a chilling video, Killing Africa, from the London, England-based Culture of Life Africa organization.

    Desire Kirabo, a former MSI clinic staffer in Uganda, said in an interview by Culture of Life Africa founder and president Obianuju Ekeocha that "It was all about abortion," contrary to what she was told when hired in 2011 that the clinic provided "family planning."

    Read more.

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