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JULY 2015

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New Bill on Assisted Dying - Christians Called to Action

Every year, the House of Commons holds a ballot for MPs who wish to introduce a Private Members Bill (a change to the law introduced not by the Government, but by an individual MP). This year, Rob Marris, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West, won the top of the ballot and has introduced a Bill to allow assisted suicide, for mentally competent adults deemed to have less than six months to live. Read more ………

Scottish Parliament Rejects Assisted Suicide Bill

On 27 May 2015 The Scottish Parliament held its Stage 1 debate on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.  The Bill had been presented by the late Margo Macdonald MSP but was taken over after her death by Patrick Harvie MSP.  Stage 1 is the point where MSPs debate the principles of the bill.  They did so on 27 May in the light of a report by the Health and Sport Committee, which had examined the Bill but did not believe that the case for changing the law had been made and considered that the Bill itself contained significant flaws.  82 MSPs voted to reject the Bill, 36 to allow it to proceed.  Read more ………

The Value of an Unborn Child

The ex-boyfriend, Kevin Wilson, of a heavily pregnant woman, Malorie Bantala, has appeared in court charged with child destruction and grievous bodily harm after she was attacked and lost her unborn child. The indictment against Kevin read, “With intent to destroy the life of a child capable of being born alive, by a wilful act, namely kicking and stamping on the stomach of the 32-weeks pregnant mother, caused the child to die before it had an existence independent of its mother.”  

Detective Chief Inspector Robert Pack from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "This was a truly abhorrent and vile attack on a heavily-pregnant woman who has now, tragically, lost her baby." Read more ……

New Abortion figures released

The Department of Health has released UK abortion statistics for 2014.

In 2014, for the first time, more abortions were performed medically (ie induced via a pill) than surgically, giving rise to concerns that abortion will be further regarded as just a form of contraception - even though medical abortion is still a method of taking the life of an unborn child. Read more ………

Morning-after pill made widely available to children

Girls under the age of consent will now be able to buy the morning-after pill in pharmacies across the UK. The drug had previously only been available in certain pharmacies to girls over the age of 16. Called ellaOne, the drug can be taken up to five days after sexual intercourse. Its action is directed at suppressing ovulation and preventing fertilisation but it also makes it more difficult for a fertilised egg to be planted in the womb.  Peter Saunders, CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, has commented, “This embryocidal mode of action accounts for ellOne’s 98% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy even up to 120 hours (5 days) after intercourse.”. Read more ……….

Mumsnet backs ‘illegal’ DIY abortions

Mumsnet, the popular parenting site, is facing protests, after openly promoting the use of illegal home abortion pills ordered by post. Procuring pills by post to terminate a pregnancy is a criminal offence across the UK, unless it is done with the authority of two doctors.

The Mumsnet website used its annual charity fundraising appeal across the UK to support a group, Abortion Support Network (ASN), which encourages women in Ireland, north and south, to obtain pills to terminate their pregnancy.  An online fundraising page set up as part of the Mumsnet appeal describes the practice as “illegal but safe”. Read more …..

The BBC Drama Department Is A Terrible Place To Die

Writing in Huffington Post, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at national hospice charity Hospice UK, bemoaned the attitude of BBC dramas towards hospices. Read more……….