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Council of Europe body rejects pro-surrogacy report

A report which sought to support greater availability of surrogacy across Europe has been rejected by a key committee of the Council of Europe. Following consideration of the report, ‘Human Rights and ethical issues related to Surrogacy’, the Council’s Social Affairs Committee struck down a draft resolution on the issue, meaning the Council’s opposition to...

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US House of Representatives unanimously declares Islamic State actions ‘genocide’

The US House of Representatives has voted unanimously to label Islamic State (ISIS) actions against Christians and other religious minorities as ‘genocide’. A resolution sponsored by Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, was passed by 393-0. The vote was taken just ahead of a deadline set for the State department to declare whether it too would...

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Bring fatally handicapped babies to term for their organs urges health service

Mothers whose unborn babies will die at or soon after birth will be urged by the National Health Service in the UK to carry their children to full term for the purpose of using their organs after death. According to The Mirror newspaper, during the annual meeting of the British Transplant Society in Glasgow, details of the NHS...

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Irish Bishops reaffirm the right to life of the unborn Author: Admin

The Irish Catholic Bishops have restated their opposition to any attempt to weaken the protection for unborn life during their Spring General Meeting. Gathered in Maynooth for the first time since the General Election heard numerous promises to repeal the Constitutional protection for the unborn, the country’s prelates discussed how Irish society should seek to promote a culture of life and...

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US moves to declare IS slaughter of Christians as genocide

America’s House Foreign Affairs Committee has adopted a resolution describing as ‘genocide’ the slaughter of Christians by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Middle East. In a unanimous decision, the committee moved to “expresses the sense of Congress that the atrocities committed by ISIS against Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities constitute war crimes,...

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Majority in Brazil reject abortion as answer to Zika virus

The majority of people in Brazil oppose abortion on grounds of microcephaly, a condition which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads, a new survey has revealed. An increase in cases of microcephaly has been linked to the spread of the Zika virus, which causes flu-like symptoms and usually clears up in a week. The possible,...

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US Supreme Court to rule on far-reaching abortion case

The United States Supreme Court is set to rule on a case with implications for America’s abortion regime. The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, specifically deals with a forthcoming law in the state of Texas which will require abortion clinics to have hospital-grade facilities, and, in a ection already in force, requires doctors offering...

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Swedish report calls for total ban on surrogacy

Sweden may ban surrogacy in all its forms after a high-level inquiry recommended the move. A report submitted to the government, and authored by Justice Eva Wendel Rosberg who led the governmental inquiry into the practice of surrogacy, states unequivocally that all forms of surrogacy in the nation should be discouraged, and, further, that Swedish...

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Canadian Bishops criticise government’s pro-assisted suicide report

Catholic Bishops and pro-life groups in Canada have criticised a government report which recommends the legalising of assisted suicide, including for adolescents. Following the issuing of the report compiled by the Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying, which offered 21 broad-ranging recommendations for government towards drafting a bill to implement assisted suicide across the nation,...

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Study links contraceptive to increased HIV risk

African women availing of a widely used injected contraceptive are more likely to contract the HIV virus, a new study has revealed. According to the Population Research Institute (PRI), the Depo-Provera contraceptive (with the active ingredient Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate, DPMA) can be linked to a 50% increased likelihood of HIV contraction, following a major investigation...

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