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  • Parents-to-be could soon be able to watch their unborn bundles of joy stretching, wiggling and even swallowing while in the womb thanks to a revolutionary new MRI scan.

    Expectant parents have had to be content with grainy ultrasound images but a leap in technology means the pioneering scan can even show high quality clear images of a 20-week-old baby's heart, about the size of a one pence piece, thumping - and how a hefty kick ripples through a mother-to-be's tummy.

    The £10million development by a London-based team of medics of the new-style scan offers a glimpse of how all mothers might view their babies in the not too distant future.

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  • Read Archbishop Justin Welby's speech at the 'Sins Before Our Eyes' forum on modern slavery, delivered in Istanbul yesterday.

    During the forum the Archbishop and the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, issued a joint declaration on modern slavery.

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  • The Turkish government has announced its draft primary and secondary school curricula, which now contain no mention of evolution. Turkey's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Society (see go.nature.com/2kgajpu) urges stakeholders, the Turkish public and the international scientific community to support reinstatement of evolution in the curriculum (comment at go.nature.com/2jusa43 or programdegerlendirme@meb.gov.tr).

    In the society's view, Turkey's proclaimed strategy to attain excellence in the life and medical sciences must be backed by a strong educational programme in evolutionary biology. A mechanistic understanding of evolutionary theory is crucial for addressing contemporary challenges such as biodiversity loss. Evolutionary

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  • SPUC has launched a new leafleting campaign, urging voters in Northern Ireland to use the ballot box to choose pro-life candidates and reject advocates of legalised abortion.

    Elections are being held on 2 March, following the collapse of power sharing last month. SPUC is focusing its campaign on high-profile seats and candidates.

    Liam Gibson, SPUC's Northern Ireland development officer, said:

    "Northern Ireland has steadfastly resisted every effort to implement the legalisation of abortion which would inevitably result in a slaughter of innocent babies, and SPUC has been in the vanguard of opposition to bring the law into line with the rest of the UK."

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  • The Commission on Religious Education has been established to review the legal, education and policy frameworks for Religious Education, by a wide-ranging, inclusive and evidence-based process designed to inform policy makers about these areas. The ultimate aim will be to improve the quality and rigour of religious education and its capacity to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.

    The Commissioners are keen to consult widely before drawing any conclusion. There will therefore be a number of sessions where Commissioners hope to hear from those with an interest in RE. The first evidence gathering session will be on Thursday 23 February 2017 at Grey Coats Hospital School in Westminster. The aim of the meeting is to give people an opportunity to make their views known on Religious Education in schools and colleges for young people up to the age of nineteen. The meeting will be at the school’s St Andrew’s Building, Greycoat Place, Westminster, London SW1P 2DY. The nearest tubes are St James’s Park and Victoria.

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  • Since abortion was first legalised in the former Soviet Union in 1920, there have been over one billion babies killed worldwide.

    The appalling figure was presented in a new report by the Global Life Campaign (GLC). The report’s authors called it "the Greatest Genocide in history".

    The report is the first to systematically track reported abortions on a global scale from as early as 1920.

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  • Having a child puts a strain on relationships, but staying in an unhappy marriage is the best thing you can do for its long-term success, according to a study.

    Researchers found the majority of couples who are unhappy when their first child is born feel fulfilled a decade later.

    Seven in ten couples stay together following the birth of their first child despite being unhappy, according to the Marriage Foundation.

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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Christians of all denominations to #Pledge2Pray as part of global prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come.

    Last year more than 100,000 people joined with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to pray in the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost.

    This year, even more are expected to join in.

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  • LGBT campaigners are plotting an unprecedented defeat of the Church of England's resistance to change teaching that marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman.

    Top bishops have refused to alter their views in a report that will be put before the Church's parliament, general synod, next week in a "take note" debate.

    But lobbyists on the Church's liberal wing are hoping to pull off an extraordinary overthrowal and persuade synod not to take note of the report.

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  • A new video released by pro-life group Live Action reveals that Planned Parenthood has long been imposing abortion quotas on its clinics nationwide, incentivizing its workers to convince women to terminate their pregnancies. In an interview with Live Action, a former Planned Parenthood manager and a former clinic nurse explain how these quotas were enforced by upper management.

    According to Sue Thayer, former manager of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Storm Lake, Iowa, the organization’s executives would reward clinics that met their abortion targets with pizza parties or extra paid time off. Clinics that didn’t offer abortions were given quotas for abortion referrals made to other Planned Parenthood facilities.

    “I trained my staff the way that I was trained, which was to really encourage women to choose abortion and to have it at Planned Parenthood because it counts towards our goal,” Thayer said.

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