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  • Arlene Foster has said that the DUP will do "everything in its power" to resist calls from the UK to relax anti-abortion laws.

    The unionist party leader said that the DUP was coming under increasing pressure within British politics to lift Northern Ireland's strict rules on terminations. This follows a decision by the Westminster government to allow Northern Irish women to have abortions in England on the NHS. Stella Creasy, a Labour MP, has called for the costs of the women's flights to be covered as well.

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  • The LGBT world is not happy about the world's reaction to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' rainbow-colored seat belt Twitter ad.

    Gay news sites have posted articles with titles such as "People are mocking this airline for its 'rainbow seat belt' Pride advert" and "An Airline Posted A Pro-LGBTQ Message ... And Hecklers Stormed It."

    What is being described as "mocking," "heckling," and "homophobic" are simple statements of truth revealing how the ad actually promotes natural law and complementarity while simultaneously drawing a lot of attention to the deficient nature of same-sex sexual relationships.

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  • Women's Health published a feature story Tuesday about a woman who claimed she wasn't prepared for the "ungodly mental anguish" she experienced after undergoing an abortion.

    Kassi Underwood, author of "May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment," wrote that she had dreamed about a joyful first pregnancy, but instead found herself paying for a $415 abortion. She recounted that at the time of the procedure she shook violently, and was overcome by a sense of both "elation and devastation."

    After completing the abortion, Underwood said she struggled to sleep and could not cleanse her mind of baby imagery.

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  • Bishop Joseph D'Souza has emerged as one of the leading Christian voices in India.

    As moderator bishop and the primate of the Good Shepherd Church of India as well as founding president of the ecumenical All India Christian Council, one of the largest interdenominational coalitions of Christians in India, he is primarily known for his work on religious freedom.

    This year he spoke at New Wine, a major evangelical festival in Somerset, primarily about his work with Dalits, previously called 'untouchables' – a poor and marginalised group of people in India.

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  • Children as young as five have been excluded from school for sexual misconduct, an investigation has found and a Christian psychosexual and trauma specialist believes schools are handling it the wrong way.

    A freedom of information request by Press Association to 15 local authorities found there were 754 reported incidents between July 2013 and April 2017.

    There were at least 40 incidents of children below 10 years old, the age of criminal responsibility, disciplined for misdemeanours.

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  • The Australian government plans to gauge support for same-sex marriage through a voluntary postal ballot after its divisive bill for a compulsory vote was again rejected by the Senate.

    Same-sex marriage is not legal in Australia.

    If the postal vote goes ahead and shows support for changing the law, the results will not be legally binding.

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  • One of the most popular pro-choice arguments I've come across doesn't have anything to do with the personhood of the unborn or bodily rights. Instead, many pro-choicers try to render philosophical and biological arguments moot by saying that anti-abortion laws (whether they be incremental pro-life laws such as those passed in various US states or total bans on elective abortions) just don't work.

    The source for this claim is nearly always a joint study done by WHO and the Guttmacher Institute (an explicitly pro-choice organization with former ties to Planned Parenthood) published in the Lancet. This study estimates abortion numbers and rates for women in different world regions. They claim to find that abortion rates are similar in regions where abortion is permitted on broad grounds (North America, Europe, etc.) and regions where it is largely illegal (Latin America and Africa). The only difference, the authors say, is that abortion is generally safe in regions where it is legal and unsafe in regions where it is illegal.

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  • Children's charity Barnado's has come under fire for using a photo of a white girl to publicise a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM).

    An estimated 20,000 girls suffer in the UK a year at the hands of FGM, but a disproportionate amount of these are from African or Middle Eastern families.

    The group tweeted: 'FGM is particularly prevalent during school holidays. Here are some signs a girl may be at risk' and linked to an article about the horrifying subject.'

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  • Children as young as five are being excluded from school for sexual misconduct amid fears that increasing numbers are being warped by online porn.

    Shocking new data reveals hundreds of pupils have been punished in the last four years for sexual acts, including assaulting or harassing other children, watching pornography and sharing indecent images.

    The figures, released by councils under the Freedom of Information Act, come as increasing numbers of children are able to access inappropriate material on the internet.

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  • This will not be a long post. Because the issue doesn't seem all that complicated.

    I don't understand Christians watching Game of Thrones.

    Whenever there is a new episode, my Twitter feed overflows with people talking about Game of Thrones. First off, I'm always amazed that this many people have HBO. But second, and much more importantly, I'm always amazed that a number of people I respect--smart people, serious Christians, good conservative thinkers--are obviously watching (and loving) the series.

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