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  • SIR – Few doubt the need for a firm, intelligent counter-terrorism policy. But many are anxious that the Government’s current response risks going seriously off-track.
    The stated goal of ministers – to tackle “extremism in all its forms” – casts the net so wide that almost anyone could fall into it, as illustrated recently by situations involving the Green MP Caroline Lucas and the secularist Maryam Namazie.
    Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) in the forthcoming counter-extremism Bill look set to rely on a test of extremism that threatens the very democracy they are meant to protect. Many people will fall foul of EDOs and, as the former head of MI5 has said, “harmless evangelicals” could be among them.
  • Pregnant women abducted and sold as sex slaves by Islamic State fighters have been forced to undergo abortions leaving them unable to move or speak, freed Yazidi girls have revealed.
    ISIS jihadists would bring their own gynaecologists to 'slave markets' in the Sinjar region of Iraq where captured Yazidi women who were found to be pregnant would be subjected to painful abortions so they could be used for sex.
    One woman, Bushra, 21, revealed that her friend was three months pregnant when she was captured, and that ISIS forced her to undergo a termination.
    'Afterwards, they brought her back. I asked her what happened and how they did it. She said the doctors told her not to speak,' Bushra told CNN.
    The young woman was bleeding heavily after the forced abortion, which left her in so much pain that 'she could not talk or walk.'
  • I have long suspected that pushing suicide in some situations, would increase suicides in others. For example, Oregon has the second highest suicide rate in the country–and that doesn’t include its assisted suicides.
    Between 1999-2010, the suicide rate among men and women aged 34-65 spiked nearly 50% in Oregon, compared to 28% nationally.
    I believe that assisted suicide advocacy pushes suicide generally because it communicates the message that self-termination is an acceptable way to end one’s suffering.
    Now, a study published the Southern Medical Journal supports my hypothesis, finding a statistically significant suicide increase in states that have legalized assisted suicide.
  • California has become the fifth US state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives with a doctor's supervision. What does the law say in different states and countries when it comes to the right to die?

  • The regulation of abortion may vary widely from country to country, but nearly all nations – 96% – allow women to terminate their pregnancies in order to save their lives, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of 196 countries based on 2013 United Nations data. Indeed, only six countries do not allow women to receive abortions under any circumstances.
    About a quarter of the countries in the analysis (50 countries, or 26%) only allow abortions to save the life of the mother. An additional 82 nations (42%) allow abortions when the mother’s life is at risk as well as for at least one other specific reason, such as to preserve a woman’s physical or mental health, in cases of rape or incest, because of fetal impairment or for social or economic reasons. And three-in-ten countries (58) allow abortions on request or for any reason, although many of these states do not allow women to terminate their pregnancies after a certain point (e.g., 20 weeks).
  • A woman in Great Britain, disciplined for sharing her Christian faith with a Muslim co-worker, has received some good news from an appeals court. 
    Victoria Wasteney, who was suspended for nine months from a London hospital, has been granted an appeal after losing her case in front of an employment tribunal. 
    Wasteney and the Muslim woman became friends and discussed their faith, and the Christian once prayed with her friend during a lunch break and gave her a Christian book to read. 
    The Christian woman, 38, is an occupational therapist. She was called a "bully" by hospital officials for discussing her faith at work.  
  • End-of-life care in the UK has been ranked as the best in the world with a study praising the quality and availability of services.
    The study of 80 countries said thanks to the NHS and hospice movement the care provided was "second to none".

    Rich nations tended to perform the best - with Australia and New Zealand ranked second and third respectively.
    But the report by the Economist Intelligence Unit praised progress made in some of the poorest countries.
  • A Bangladeshi pastor has survived an attempt on his life by three men who came to his home pretending to want to learn about Christianity, police and the victim said.
    The incident follows the fatal attacks on two foreigners last week in the predominantly Muslim country that is grappling with violence claimed by hardline Islamist groups.
    Islamic State claimed responsibility for last week’s attacks, one on a Japanese agricultural worker and another on an Italian aid worker. The Isis claim has been disputed by Bangladesh’s government, which blamed the opposition for trying to destabilise the country.
  • A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was removed late Monday and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage.
    A contractor the state hired began removing the monument shortly after 10.30pm.
    The removal comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support 'any sect, church, denomination or system of religion'.
    The state is paying the contractor about $4,700 to remove the monument and take it to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs' offices a few blocks away, Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus said.

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had increased security around the monument earlier Monday, and barriers were erected to keep visitors from getting close to it. 
    Estus said the decision to remove the monument under the cover of darkness was made to avoid disturbing workers at the Capitol and to keep protesters from demonstrating while heavy equipment was being used to detach the two-ton monument from its base.
  • During an interview with Live Action President Lila Rose on TheBlaze TV, David Daleiden of The Center for Medical Progress released never-before-seen footage showing a Texas Planned Parenthood abortionist discussing how to manipulate the abortion procedure in order to obtain intact organs.
    The tapes, released on the Glenn Beck Program, reveal Dr. Amna Dermish of Planned Parenthood Greater Texas, who does abortions up to 24 weeks, cavalierly describing how she manipulates the child into “breech” position in order to obtain more intact body parts. Dermish explains how she strives to keep the torso of the baby intact by grabbing the spine of the child during the abortion procedure and pulling the child out “in alignment.”


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