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  • The majority of boys who view online pornography believe it provides a realistic depiction of sex, according to the most extensive survey of British secondary school pupils undertaken.

    Research published on Wednesday reveals that most children – 94% – who have seen online pornography have been exposed to it by the age of 14. But the study also found that almost half of the 1,000 11- to 16-year-olds questioned had never seen internet pornography – findings that are in contrast to many other studies.

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  • In a very concerning development for the pro-life movement and its battle alongside medical, religious and disability rights groups to stop the spread of assisted suicide, the American medical Association appears to be studying dropping its longstanding opposition to assisted suicide.

    Yesterday, at its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association (AMA) rejected a Louisiana State Medical Society proposal to reaffirm the AMA’s long-standing policy against physician assisted suicide. Instead it approved a study-resolution to explore AMA adoption of a neutral position on physician assisted suicide, which was often referred to as “aid-in-dying” in the debate.

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  • The BMA has been opposed to physician-assisted suicide for the whole of its history, with the exception of one controversial year's neutrality (2005-6). The stance was last debated and confirmed in 2012. Since then the BMA has seen fit to consider the matter settled, but on 21 June, delegates in Belfast will be asked to consider the following motions:

    79 Motion by EAST MIDLANDS REGIONAL COUNCIL: That this meeting, with respect to Physician Assisted Dying, notes the recent rejection by Parliaments of efforts to overturn the law on Physician-Assisted Dying and therefore feels that it is not appropriate at this time to debate whether or not to change existing BMA policy.

    80 Motion by SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL COUNCIL: That this meeting believes that the BMA should adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying.

    If the first motion is endorsed, the second will not be debated.

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  • ‘The alienation of Christians’ in the Middle East cannot be allowed to continue.

    That was the message at the National Prayer Breakfast at Westminster Hall today of the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, His Grace Bishop Angaelos.

    'There has been a silence about this over decades,' said Bishop Angaelos, 'and this cannot be allowed to continue on our watch.'

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  • Good news to all Christians: More and more Americans are standing firm on protecting the life of the unborn.

    The number of residents in the United States who think that abortion is "morally wrong" increased over the past year, a recent survey by the research-based consulting company Gallup revealed.

    Forty-seven percent of the 1,025 adults who participated in telephone interviews conducted by Gallup from May 4 to 8 disagreed with killing innocent babies. This figure is a slight improvement from last year, when 45 percent of the respondents expressed opposition to abortion.

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  • A Catholic teenager felt "ashamed" and "embarrassed" after he was tied to a wooden cross by workmates in a mock crucifixion, a court has heard.

    The teenager, who cannot be named, told York Crown Court he was left feeling distraught after a sustained campaign of bullying by his colleagues.

    Andrew Addison, 30, Joseph Rose, 21, Christopher Jackson, 22, and Alex Puchir, 37, are accused of religiously aggravated assault by beating.

    All four deny the charges against them.

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  • A Houston judge has thrown out the misdemeanor charges against David Daleiden, the man behind the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s organ-trafficking scheme.

    In January, a grand jury indicted Daleiden, of the Center for Medical Progress, for the purchase and sale of human organs, a misdemeanor. No charges were brought against the nation’s largest abortion provider, despite video footage of their executives haggling over the price of body parts harvested from aborted babies.

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  • Last October, a man surnamed Yu planned to get a divorce from his wife of 10 years. Given China’s burgeoning divorce rate, the split wasn’t unusual. But on the the day the 37-year-old planned to sign his divorce papers, he was taken by his wife and family to a mental hospital to undergo so-called “conversion therapy” for a “sexual preference disorder.” Earlier, he had admitted to his family that he is gay. For 19 days, Yu alleges, medical staff lashed him to a bed and force-fed him drugs. Nurses, he says, beat him.

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  • Senior police officers are to publish guidance to schools and forces in England and Wales over how to deal with sexting, taking in a Home Office directive to avoid criminalising children who engage in the practice.

    The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), which is working in partnership with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, told MPs on Tuesday that it aimed to issue the guidance in time for the new school year.

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  • The Duke of Cambridge has broken one of the last taboos. He has become the first member of the royal family to give an interview to a gay magazine.

    Royal sources said even Princess Diana, an icon for the gay community, never granted any such publication the honour of an interview.

    Prince William revealed on Tuesday that he will be appearing in the monthly publication, which comes out on Wednesday June 22. 

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