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  • People with Down’s syndrome and their families deliver petition signed by over 900 people with Down’s syndrome and their families opposing “discriminatory” prenatal screening proposal to Jeremy Hunt asking him to not ‘screen them out’.

    Individuals with Down’s syndrome and their families delivered a letter to Jeremy Hunt at the Department of Health yesterday, signed by over 900 people with Down’s syndrome and their families, to protest proposals to introduce a discriminatory new screening technique which is expected to lead to a profound increase in the number of children with Down’s syndrome screened out by termination.

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  • (CFAM) — Last Tuesday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected an attempt to legalize surrogacy throughout Europe.

    By a narrow majority, the representatives of the 47 Member States rejected a recommendation aimed at regulating the selling of female gametes and renting of women’s wombs.

    This was the third attempt to normalize surrogacy by Belgian Senator Petra de Sutter. Advocates tried to distinguish between what they called “altruistic” vs. “for-profit” surrogacy, only condemning the latter.

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  • The Dutch government intends to draft a law that would legalise assisted suicide for people who feel they have "completed life", but are not necessarily terminally ill, it said on Wednesday.

    The Netherlands was the first country to legalise euthanasia, in 2002, but only for patients who were considered to be suffering unbearable pain with no hope of a cure.

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  • The race to make babies from three people is a major worry, duping couples and a dangerous experiment on mums and babies, warn scientists and ethicists.

    The UK, which pioneered the advanced form of IVF, was the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

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  • The Swiss media are reporting that, according to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of assisted suicide deaths increased by 26% in 2014 from the year before. The 742 assisted suicide deaths represents more than 2.5 times as many as five years previously.

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  • The National Assembly met in a plenary session on Wednesday 12 October to debate and vote on the 21st century justice law (La loi sur la justice au XX1eme siècle), which included provisions relating to legal gender recognition.

    Under the updated process, trans people will no longer have to be sterilised before being legally recognised in their true gender. In addition to this, there will be no requirement to provide proof of medical treatment, as had been proposed in amendments introduced by the Senate several weeks ago. Emancipated minors will also be able to access the updated procedure.

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  • Editors of the New Atlantis, a scholarly journal "devoted to science and technology issues and their relation to social and political affairs," are defending two authors against an onslaught of gay accusations.

    A review of research studies and scientific literature on homosexuality summarized by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, entitled Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences,” has come under vehement condemnation by the pro-homosexual advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

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  • While the Catholic Church must minister to people with real psychological confusion over their sexuality, it “can never compromise the truth” that our gender and sexuality are God-given and flow directly from our biological bodies, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury told educators in parishes and private Catholic schools in his diocese.

    Once described by the Catholic Herald as “probably the most passionately orthodox bishop in England today,” Davies echoed the great English Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton in stating, “I have often warned that, in that vacuum left by the loss of Christian faith within contemporary society, new ideologies would emerge.”

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  • Since the start of its most recent campaign, 40 Days for Life reports that 189 preborn children – and their mothers – have been saved from abortion. The group organizes national and international pro-life prayer campaigns, and has 367 locations in the United States and in 23 countries.

    From September 28 through November 6, pro-lifers will mobilize across the globe to pray for an end to abortion. Since its conception, 11,796 lives have been saved from abortion, 75 abortion facilities have closed, and 133 abortion workers have quit the industry.

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  • The Labour leader says there needs to be increased representation in UK Parliament.

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he has “some sympathy” for some groups who feel they are not represented in UK politics.

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