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  • Britain's first 'gay dads', Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow are not just charismatic advocates of same-sex marriage, but also of the often secretive world of surrogacy that allowed them to become parents.

    Since they began building their family – five children by an assortment of egg donors and surrogate mothers, with triplet daughters planned soon – they have become the industry's best known ambassadors.

    The men are blessed with money, looks and a loving relationship. They have used all three to place themselves at the heart of Britain's national debate about the legality and morality of this sensitive subject, the donation of eggs and the renting of a womb to create new life.

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  • A jailed jihadi was put in segregation for plotting to behead prison guards – but a judge has ruled that the move breached his human rights.

    Nadir Syed, 24, was placed in isolation at the top-security Woodhill jail after he led other Muslim inmates in chanting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is Great'), banging on cell doors and threatening to decapitate warders.

    Documents seen by The Mail on Sunday reveal that staff were warned not to be left alone with him to 'prevent the risk of hostage-taking', while Syed had also claimed he would 'radicalise the whole unit' in another prison.

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  • A body set up advise the Irish government on constitutional change has voted to replace or amend the part of Ireland's Constitution which strictly limits the availability of abortion.

    Abortion is only legal in the Republic of Ireland if the mother's life is at risk.

    The Citizens' Assembly - made up of 99 members and a chairperson- voted in favour of the change on Saturday.

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  • Education Secretary Justine Greening has said that "common ground" must be reached with faith schools on LGBT sex ed.

    The Education Secretary last month passed a bill to make SRE mandatory in all schools, after pressure on the issue from sexual health and children's campaign groups.

    She announced plans "to put Relationships and Sex Education on a statutory footing, so every child has access to age appropriate provision, in a consistent way".

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  • YouTube says it has fixed the issue that made Restricted Mode a bit too restrictive. The option was supposed to make the website more suitable for minors when switched on, but its older version also filtered out millions of harmless videos, including hundreds of thousands featuring LGBTQ+ themes. It affected Canadian indie pop duo Tegan & Sara's music videos, a recording of someone coming out to his grandmother and a lesbian couple's wedding vows, among numerous other perfectly wholesome content. People rightly called out YouTube, which apologized for what it said was a mistake its system made.

    While YouTube doesn't delve into the details of what it had to fix, it assures everyone it has already corrected whatever it was that was "incorrectly filtering videos for [the] feature." The team also manually reviewed a bunch of censored videos and will use them to train its algorithms. It took a while for the platform to address the problem, but as a result, Restricted Mode now has access to 12 million additional videos.

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  • The Irish Health Minister has called on an order of nuns to agree contracts allowing abortion and contraception in the new National Maternity Hospital being built on their land.

    Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has intervened in a row about ownership and control of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital in south Dublin where the new 300 million euro facility is planned next to St Vincent's Hospital.

    The decision by the government to "hand over" control of the new hospital to a religious order has caused a furore in the Irish press, and thousands have signed a petition opposing it. The outrage is centred around historic allegations of child abuse by the order, as well as fears that the nuns would prevent abortion and other practices contrary to Catholic teaching taking place on the premises.

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  • In the latest bid to circumvent the increasing number of younger doctors being unwilling to perform abortions, a new report has challenged the need for some surgical abortions to be undertaken by doctors at all.

    Sally Sheldon, a Law Professor at the University of Kent, has published a study into the 1967 Abortion Act and subsequent legal opinions to argue that in the case of vacuum aspiration (VAs), midwives or nurses should be able to carry out the procedure.

    This, she argues is congruent with 'recognition of nurse competences, follows government policy that patients should receive the right care, in the right place at the right time by appropriately trained staff, fits with guidance offered by relevant professional bodies, and offers the potential for developing more streamlined, cost-effective abortion services'.

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  • Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has made a passionate appeal for the preservation of Britain's foreign aid budget after Prime Minister Theresa May hinted on Wednesday she might cut it.

    Asked at Prime Minister's Questions by Conservative MP Richard Benyon whether she would commit to retaining the commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid, she declined to do so.

    Among those who responded was Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who said: 'We are hopeful that the commitment to 0.7 per cent – and things like neglected diseases – stays strong.'

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  • While the DUP appears to be willing to negotiate on the Irish language, same-sex marriage is a 'red line' issue that will not be accepted by many members, Mr Wells said.

    "Peter will not marry Paul in Northern Ireland," he vowed.

    Mr Wells also said that the DUP will kill off Sinn Fein's proposal for a civil forum because a similar forum in the Republic led to a successful referendum on same-sex marriage.

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  • The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed news that safeguards to guard against sex selection for assisted reproductive procedures will remain in place.

    However, ACL spokesperson for women, Wendy Francis, questioned the bizarre logic behind the decision to uphold current safeguards, warning that it appeared to be tainted by 'Safe Schools' type fluid gender theory.

    The Guidelines, released yesterday by the National Health and Medical Research Council, stated its opposition to sex-selection was based on the possibility that sex-selection "may validate or reinforce gender stereotyping and discriminatory attitudes, and create pressure on the person born to conform to parental expectations regarding gender".

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