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  • October 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. Throughout the year this significant anniversary will generate media publicity, events, stories from women and will fire up campaigns by those who want to see the laws tightened up (or at least adhered to) and by those who want to relax the law on abortion even more.

    Expect to see more focus this year on the operation of UK abortion clinics and new research on the link between abortion and preterm births. There will be further Parliamentary debate on the discriminatory provision in the Act that permits abortion to term for disability, especially in February with Committee Stage of Lord Shinkwin’s Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill and the We’re All Equal campaign in support of the Bill. It will be fascinating to see what happens in the US under the more overtly pro-life administration of Donald Trump.

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  • A supportive mother of a transgender child has accused the BBC of lying to her in order to get her to appear in a documentary.

    Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?, which will air on Thursday (12 January) at 9pm on BBC Two, is a This World documentary that claims to ask whether parents are 'right' to support their children’s gender identity. The BBC has claimed it is more 'balanced' than the promotional information appears to show it to be.

    The program information gives an interview with Dr Kenneth Zucker, who the documentary filmmakers say ‘lost his job for challenging the new orthodoxy that children know best’.

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  • Most millennials do not view Britain as a Christian country, according to a poll to be published tomorrow.

    Instead, they view Britain as a nation with no specific religious identity. But they do believe that religion plays an important role in the lives of individuals.

    The survey was carried out by pollsters ComRes and is being published tomorrow to mark the launch of the new Faith Research Centre later this month.

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  • In a huge victory for the pro-life advocate responsible for uncovering the grisly business of selling body parts of aborted babies, StemExpress has dropped its lawsuit against David Daleiden.

    Daleiden was responsible for the undercover videos exposing the Planned Parenthood abortion business and the abortion industry selling the body parts of aborted unborn children. StemExpress was a middleman that would take the body parts from Planned Parenthood and sell them at a much higher cost to scientists and researchers conducting dubious research with them.

    After it was exposed, StemExpress filed a lawsuit against the light and attempting to cover up additional video footage and information related to the sales of the body parts.

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  • One stark, inescapable conclusion of life as a doctor is that abortion hurts. It may not be a widely publicised conclusion – after all, even pro-lifers grant that abortion is intensely personal. But that is no reason to stay quiet. If anything, the intensity and emotional involvement of a decision to terminate a pregnancy calls for urgent attention towards those hurting from it.

    It has long been known by those in the pro-life movement – and, all too painfully, by those who have had terminated pregnancies – that abortion hurts not only the unborn but also the mothers involved. The facts of foetal life are now well known, and many mothers terminate pregnancies only out of desperation, or because of cultural or domestic pressure. The significance of the decision is well known to those women suffering from it: it is hidden only by an industry and ideology dependent on keeping it obscure.

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  • A new law that prevents children from accessing pornographic websites breaches the human rights of adults who use them, according to a senior United Nations official.

    After a campaign by the Daily Mail, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is to force porn sites to carry out age checks so only adults can see explicit material, or face fines of up to £250,000.

    But the plans have been condemned by David Kaye, the UN’s special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

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  • The Conservatives have blocked plans for compulsory LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education in schools.

    Education Secretary Justine Greening has repeatedly suggested she is open to reform on sex and relationship education, hinting last summer that the issue was near the top of her "in tray".

    An all-female group of MPs led by Labour’s Stella Creasy this week attempted to secure reform on the issue, tabling an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill to make lessons on "sex and relationships education, same-sex relationships, sexual consent, sexual violence, and domestic violence" mandatory in all schools.

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  • The persecution of Christians in India has risen over the past year, pushing it up a league table of countries where the practice of the faith is a high-risk activity, according to a monitoring organisation.

    The world’s second most populous country has risen to No 15 on the 2017 World Watch List, up from 31 four years ago. The list, compiled by Open Doors, is headed by North Korea for the 16th year in a row.

    Iraq and Syria slipped down the table, mainly because so many Christians have fled from Islamic State, the main source of persecution and violence. The Christian population of Aleppo has fallen from 400,000 before the Syrian civil war to fewer than 60,000 now, Open Doors estimated.

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  • SNP ministers are facing growing pressure from their own backbenchers to introduce laws forcing schools to embrace the rollout of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) education.

    The Time for Inclusive Education (Tie) campaign has built significant support since its launch in 2015, and last year a motion passed overwhelmingly at the SNP conference backed its aims.

    The group said, however, that despite warm words from senior ministers, including Nicola Sturgeon, no progress had been made since the Holyrood election in May on implementing any of its proposals.

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  • Three-quarters of children between the ages of 11 and 15 believe they would be safer if they had age-appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) in school, according to a survey by a leading children's charity.

    Seven in 10 of the children who took part in the poll, which was commissioned by Barnardo's and carried out by YouGov, said the government should ensure that all pupils have SRE lessons, and 14% said they had not received any SRE lessons in school at all.

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