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  • Police in the western Indian state of Maharashtra have found 19 aborted female foetuses near a hospital.

    Senior police officials in Sangli district said the remains were "buried with the intention of disposing them".

    The police told the BBC that they found the foetuses while they were investigating the death of a woman who had undergone an illegal abortion.

    Activists say the incident proves yet again that female foeticide is rampant in India despite awareness campaigns.

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  • Through the first few days of this 40 Days for Life campaign, our local leaders report 26 babies (and their moms) spared from abortion – that we know of!

    Praise God!

    There's more to rejoice about as well, as I’ve just returned from a visit to New Mexico, where volunteers are celebrating the closure of an abortion center in Las Cruces where five prayerful 40 Days for Life vigils were held.

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  • An upcoming bill would remove all restrictions on abortions, leaving the door open for sex selective, late-term and even 'mail-order' terminations, a campaign group is warning.

    Labour MP Diana Johnson's ten minute rule bill, which would decriminalise abortion, was labelled an 'extreme position' by Not In Our Name, a group of midwives opposed to reducing restrictions on the procedure.

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  • Prompted by the Trump administration’s reversal of the federal government’s position on transgender rights, the Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not decide whether a transgender boy in Virginia could use the boys’ bathroom at his high school.

    The decision not to take his case, which came as the court is awaiting the appointment of a ninth member, means there will be no ruling on the highly charged issue of transgender rights this term. The issue will almost certainly return to the Supreme Court, probably in a year or two.

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  • The Government still has not decided on a clear legal definition of extremism, the Home Secretary has admitted.

    Amber Rudd made the admission after being asked by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) to provide an update on the Government’s long-awaited counter-extremism Bill.

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  • The BBC has issued presenter Dame Jenni Murray with an impartiality warning over her transgender comments as a TV presenter called for her to be sacked. 

    Dame Jenni, the veteran host of Woman's Hour, has been told that she must remain impartial on "controversial topics" after she claimed that a sex change can’t make a man a "real woman".

    The claims, which have been fiercely criticised by equality campaigners, have resulted in Dame Jenni being reminded that she must remain neutral on the subject.

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  • The White House, concerned about the possible political repercussions of the Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood, has proposed preserving federal payments to the group if it discontinues providing abortions.

    The proposal, which was never made formally, has been rejected as an impossibility by officials at Planned Parenthood, which receives about $500 million annually in federal funding. That money helps pay for women’s health services the organization provides, not for abortion services.

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  • SECTARIANISM has become infused with Scotland's constitutional debate, with assumptions made about political positions based on religion and cultural background, church and community leaders have claimed.

    In a new report on ongoing efforts to tackle religious bigotry, it has been claimed that senior figures within the main Christian churches believe "a subtle form of sectarianism" has crept into the mainstream politics on the back of the Referendum.

    The academic appointed by the Scottish Government to advise on the centuries-old problem has said that while there is no evidence for religious polarisation based on the independence issue, there was a potential for sectarianism and politics to be conflated at a localised level.

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  • Hospital patients should have access to a secular chaplain in a bid to tackle boredom on wards, an expert has said.

    Rather than offering faith-based care, they would meet with patients and organise "inspiring projects" such as art and origami projects to help boost morale, Dr Elizabeth Burns said.

    Writing in the British Medical Journal, she said: "Chaplains do a great job, but not everyone is religious. My dream would be to see a position created, like a secular chaplain, to run inspiring projects."

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  • The announcement last week that classes on relationships and sex education are to be rolled out across all schools, is yet more evidence of the extent to which the roles of schools and teachers have changed over recent years.

    Undoubtedly, there will be some teachers and parents who are nervous about whether the information being imparted is commensurate with the child's level of emotional development or their readiness and ability to cope and understand it, while others, happy when the subject is in the hands of a skilled practitioner, may worry that not all teachers will have the ability or experience to handle such important and sensitive subject matter.

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