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March 2017

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SPUC initiative to mark 50 years of the Abortion Act.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act in Britain. Since 1967, legal abortion has taken the lives of more than 8.7 million unborn babies.

One initiative to bring attention to this anniversary has been a campaign organised by SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) in which supporters were asked to lobby their MPs by sending a protest postcard calling for an end to abortion in Britain.

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New MRI scan gives ultra clear images of unborn baby

A new technological breakthrough will give parents the opportunity to see their unborn baby in incredible detail. The new MRI scan provides high-quality under-the-skin images that can see through bone, blood and fat, providing a clearer image. It can even clearly showing a 20-week-old baby's heart, about the size of a 1p piece, beating.

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Pharmacists at risk of conscientious freedom attack

New controversial proposals that involve removing a conscience clause could force pharmacists with pro-life beliefs and values to provide services which conflict with their conscience. For example pro-life pharmacists could be forced to provide abortifacient drugs, like the morning after pill. 

Currently, pharmacists who do not wish to sell abortifacient drugs to customers may refer them to another pharmacist. But GPhC, The General Pharmaceutical Council, is currently consulting on new guidance which would require pharmacists to go against their religious or conscientious convictions at their workplace; in the new guidance, pharmacists are instructed to ensure that they do not force their values or beliefs on customers.

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Abortion on demand campaign launched

A campaign has been launched by Women’s Equality Party for abortion to be removed from the justice statutes and decriminalised. The party believes that abortion should be made a sexual health and human rights issue and that the law, established in 1861, where a life sentence can be handed down for having an abortion without the consent of two doctors, should be abolished. The removal of sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act would decriminalise abortions for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.

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