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  • 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.

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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.

  • 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."

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  • Merv and Nikki Kenward will travel to London in a bid to gain permission to overturn a High Court ruling regarding assisted suicide.

    In October 2014 Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders decided she would allow an amendment the 1961 Suicide Act.

    It clarified that prosecution should not to extend to outside professionals brought in to assist suicide after the victim has reached a settled decision to end his or her life.

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  • He faced criticism last year when his bill on school admissions did not deal with the ‘baptism barrier’ under which parents in some communities can not enrol their children in local primary schools unless they have been baptised in the Catholic church.

    Ahead of announcing a consultation on how to deal with the problem, he said this pressure to baptise their children is unfair. He wants members of the public and groups which might be affected to submit their views on a number of options before deciding how to proceed.

    While the desire of religious parents to educate their children in their faith should be respected, he said, non-religious parents or those of minority religions should not be unfairly disadvantaged when trying to get their children into local schools. 

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  • The head of the Scottish Episcopal Church says the Church is "deeply distressed" at the offence caused by the reading of a passage from the Koran in a Glasgow cathedral.

    The comments of the Church Primus, the Most Rev David Chillingworth, follow criticism that Islamic verses were read during an Epiphany service.

    In his blog, he also condemned the abuse received by St Mary's Cathedral.

    Police are investigating offensive online messages aimed at the church

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