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  • Doctors will try to persuade ministers at Westminster, Holyrood and Stormont to introduce an opt-out system for organ donation to prevent 1,000 deaths a year because of organ shortages.

    The British Medical Association will lobby the three parliaments to follow the lead set by Wales, which in December introduced presumed consent for organ retrieval. Under this system people who die in hospital are presumed to have consented to their organs being used for transplantation unless they have expressly indicated otherwise.

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  • Northern Ireland's finance minister has asked his officials to work on a draft bill to introduce same sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

    In a written answer to Alliance's Stewart Dickson, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said he wants the assembly to legislate on the matter as soon as possible.

    Mr Ó Muilleoir acknowledged he has "a little way to go" in securing the necessary support from other MLAs.

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  • Women are now able to be priests in every Anglican diocese of the West Indies, after the church in Guyana voted to allow the ordination of women yesterday.

    The synod of the diocese of Guyana voted without dissent to amend the diocesan canon to permit the ordination of women on June 21 at their 145th meeting at St George's Cathedral in Georgetown.

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  • Concerns have been raised over to merge a Catholic maintained primary school amalgamate with a Church of Ireland controlled school in Co Derry..

    Proposals have been put forward to amalgamate Knocknagin Primary School (pictured) in Desertmartin with neighbouring Desertmartin Primary School were revealed to parents last week.

    If the proposed plans do go ahead, it would be Northern Ireland’s first shared faith school.

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  • new parliamentary inquiry into freedom of conscience over abortion has just been launched.

    Commissioned by Fiona Bruce MP, it seeks to examine whether the Conscience Clause in the 1967 Abortion Act provides adequate protection for doctors and other healthcare professionals who do not wish to be involved, directly or indirectly, in termination of pregnancy.

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  • THERE are some religious statements about the world which made history and affected the way people millions of people thought. One was in Pacem in Terris, a denunciation of war issued in 1963 by a dying Pope John XXIII; an earlier landmark in Catholic teaching was De Rerum Novarum which in 1891 accepted the right of workers to form unions. In comparison, the leaders of the world’s 200m Orthodox Christians have rarely, in recent times, managed to speak together and address a clear message to humanity. It is partly in the hope of doing so that bishops of that church will be deliberating in Crete between now and June 26th. What has taken them so long and what do they hope to achieve?

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  • Child cruelty and neglect cases recorded by police have soared by 75 per cent in just under a decade.

    Parents or carers were reported to officers in connection with 8,506 offences in England in 2014-15, compared with 4,855 in 2005-06.

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  • The Hemlock Society, now known as "Compassion and Choices," is praising the American Medical Association (AMA) for a resolution agreeing to study the question of assisted suicide, despite the AMA's long-standing opposition to the practice.

    The AMA's House of Delegates voted to move the euthanasia resolution forward to the AMA Board of Trustees. The Trustees are expected to move the idea forward to the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, which will reevaluate the current AMA policy prohibiting doctors from killing patients.

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  • The explosion in ‘silver divorces’ has led to a wave of family disputes over who inherits parents’ homes, money and valuables, lawyers have warned.

    Family rows often follow a divorce of a middle-aged couple who have assumed for years that they will leave everything they have to their children, they said.

    But frequently an older divorcee goes on to remarry, and fails to change their will, which then becomes out of date – leading to disputes between their new family and the children from their previous marriage.

    The increase in divorce among older couples, which means nearly one in ten people over 65 is now a divorcee, has led to a series of reports from law firms that numbers of disputes over inheritance are rising fast.

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  • The Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is seeking to close the book on a contentious case that made her a pariah to progressives and a hero to some religious conservatives.

    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court to dismiss her appeal because her state's new law, which removes clerks' names from marriage licenses, makes the issue "moot," according to court papers.

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