News Roundup

Colombians protests gender ideology plan for schools

Thousands of people have marched in Colombia against plans to introduce gender ideology programmes in schools. Protestors called for the resignation of Education Minister Gina Parody, who earlier ordered schools to amend student manuals to better accommodate gay and transgender students. In addition, in recent weeks the nation’s Constitutional Court has ruled twice that transgender students in two schools must be allowed to wear the clothing of their preferred gender. The nationwide protests were organised by the Standard Bearers of the Family group which was backed in its action by the country’s Catholic bishops as well as Evangelical leaders. “We reject the implementation of gender ideology in the education system in Colombia, because it is a destructive ideology, it destroys the human person,” said the Cardinal Archbishop of Bogotá, Rubén Salazar Gómez.

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Support groups welcomes inclusion of ‘life-limiting condition’ term in bereavement guidelines

The One More Day group which supports parents who receive a difficult pre-natal prognosis for their baby has welcomed the use of the term ‘life-limiting condition’ in new HSE guidelines for medical staff. Responding to the launch of ‘Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death’, Jennifer Kehoe of One More Day said: “We welcome the launch of the new guidelines today and the holistic and humane approach to care that is evident in them. It is appropriate that the guidelines use the term ‘life-limiting condition’ when describing situations where a baby is given a poor prenatal diagnosis rather than terms that devalue and undermine babies in these situations.” Ms Kehoe further welcomed the fact that the new guidelines also draw attention to research showing that women who opt for termination of pregnancy, for whatever reason, “experience more intense emotional distress” in both the short and long term.



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‘Forced abortion continues in China’

A women’s rights group has filed a complaint with the United Nations after it was revealed that forced abortions still continue as a practice despite the end of the One-Child Policy.  According to Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, under the official new Two-Child Policy, Family Planning Police continue to screen women of child-bearing age for pregnancy four times a year. It is still illegal for single women to have babies in China, and for couples to have three children.  It appears that some may be given an opportunity to pay a fine, but if a woman is illegally pregnant and cannot pay the fine – which can be as much as ten times her annual salary – she is forced to abort. Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers said: “Sending out the message that China has ‘abandoned’ its one-child policy is detrimental to sincere efforts to stop forced abortion and gendercide in China, because this message implies that the one-child policy is no longer a problem.”

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American College of Paediatricians calls for end to transgender ‘normalisation

The American College of Paediatricians (ACP) has called for an end to the normalising of transgenderism (gender dysphoria), arguing that it is leading to the “criminal” harming of children. In a statement, the College points to the risks posed by intrusive medical intervention, criticising the prevalence of these treatments despite lack of scientific and medical evidence, while research shows that the majority of dysphoria cases resolve themselves.The ACPs Dr Michelle Cretella says: “We live at a time in which social agendas often bias the results of research and lead to the development of false medical standards. Those who honourably speak out against this are chastised. Young children are being permanently sterilised and surgically maimed under the guise of treating a condition that would otherwise resolve in over 80% of them. This is criminal.”

 

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Abortion now America’s leading cause of death – study

Abortion in the United States now the leading cause of death, outstripping cancer and heart disease, researchers have revealed. In a paper, ‘Induced Abortion, Mortality, and the Conduct of Science’, published in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers compiled figures on abortion nationwide for 2009 to reveal that while deaths from heart disease amounted to 599,413 and cancers 567, 628, the 1,152,000 abortions in that year almost match the other causes combined, making it the lead cause of death and, across all mortality figures for that year, 32.1% of the total.

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Women with terminally ill babies to receive HSE counselling post-abortion

Women with terminally ill unborn babies are to receive HSE counselling post-abortion under newly updated guidelines for health workers. It is understood that the guidelines will offer instructions on how best to deal with parents who suffer a loss, regardless of regardless of whether the mother carried the child to full-term or travelled abroad for an abortion. Given that the new guidelines use the term ‘fatal foetal anomaly’, the move is sure to be viewed by pro-life advocates as a worrying development at a time when there is a call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment constitutional protection for the unborn.

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Decline of religion in Britain levels off

Decades of religious decline in Britain have levelled off according to soon-to-be released figures. According to The Sunday Telegraph, which has seen the results of the 2016 British Social Attitudes Survey, “the overall proportion of Britons who described themselves as Christian actually rose one percentage point in the last year from 42% to 43%”. The rise, it says, corresponds to a 1% decline in those describing themselves as having no religion, from 49% to 48%. Within the category of those aged under 25, the number of non-believers actually fell three percentage points, from 65% to 62%.
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Call to criminalise sex buyers

The Immigrant Council of Ireland and the Ruhama anti-prostitution group have renewed calls for the criminalising of sex buyers following comments by Minister John Halligan that prostitution should be legalised. Voicing backing for the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, both groups, which support trafficked women and those forced into prostitution, said most women in prostitution want to escape that life and most had been trafficked into it. “The Government can enact the Sexual Offences Bill within a matter of weeks. This Bill takes huge strides in tackling many forms of sexual exploitation of vulnerable children and adults,” the Council stated.
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Illinois doctors challenge removal of conscience rights

Medical practitioners in the US state of Illinois have launched a legal bid to have a new law denying conscientious objection to abortion overturned. The move comes in the wake of the recent signing of Senate Bill 1564, which removed the right of doctors to opt out of providing abortions to patients on moral and religious grounds. The Alliance Defending Freedom group has announced it is backing a doctor and two pregnancy centres in the legal challenge. “The governor should have vetoed this bill for many reasons, including its incompatibility with Illinois law and the state constitution, which specifically protects freedom of conscience and free speech,” said ADF Senior Counsel Matt Bowman.
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Minister Zappone wants wider provision of abortion

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has said she favours widening access to abortion beyond rape and fatal foetal abnormality as such provisions would “do nothing at all for most women in Ireland”. Arguing that she supports the repeal of the Constitutional protection for the unborn, Minister Zappone said women “do not want to be pregnant without their consent [and] I am committed to them having the option not to be”.
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