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Northern Ireland rules current abortion law a violation of human rights

On 30th November 2015, the High Court in Belfast ruled that a ban on abortion would violate a pregnant woman’s human right to privacy, as defined under Article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950).

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Sex selective abortions due to blood test

A non-invasive screening blood test has inadvertently caused more problems than the one it was designed to solve. The ‘NIPT’ blood test, which can be carried out as early as seven weeks, was designed as a more accurate way of providing screening for babies with Down’s syndrome.  Read more ………


Aisling Hubert to challenge courts over decision not to prosecute doctors who offered illegal sex-selective abortions

At the beginning of December, the High Court refused an application for Judicial Review of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) failure to prosecute two doctors who were filmed by the Telegraph newspaper offering sex-selective abortions in February 2012.  In 2013, the Crown Prosecution service decided it was not in the public interest to take any further action and the charges were dropped.  Read more ……..


Number of women having repeat abortions is on the increase

ITV reported in early November that the number of women having repeat abortions is on the increase.  In its report, ITV comments that 383 abortions were carried out on women for whom it was at least their fourth abortion in the West Midlands alone. The data used in the report was published by the Department of Health in June 2015, relating to figures submitted for 2014, and makes for concerning reading..  Read more……..


Hospital apologises after issuing a DNR order on man with Downs Syndrome

It was reported in early December by the Guardian newspaper that East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has been forced to apologise for placing a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ (DNR) order on a patient with Downs Syndrome if he developed heart or breathing problems.  Read more ……………

 

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Training Course - Pregnancy Counselling Skills

The image course  in Christian pregnancy counselling skills takes place in Manchester over 5 Saturdays starting on 30th January.  The course aims to explore the basic counselling skills and information areas needed to help people with problems relating to pregnancy, abortion, post abortion and teenage sex from within a Christian framework.  Its purpose is to provide a foundation for all those working, or seeking to work, in Christian pregnancy centres and related areas of ministry. Read more……….