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  • The leaders of the country's midwives called the police as a mum and her 17-month-old daughter delivered a 10,000 signature petition to their London HQ.

    SPUC supporters were earlier told they were trespassing on the steps of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) offices in Marylebone when they rang the front doorbell. 

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  • Doctors can withdraw life-support treatment from an eight-month-old girl whose heart has not developed properly - despite her parents' objections, a High Court judge has ruled.

    Ms Justice Russell has concluded that stopping "invasive" treatment will be in the baby's best interests.

    Specialists had predicted that the little girl had weeks to live. 

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  • This week, the Irish Government will appear before the UN Committee for the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. The hearing takes place in Geneva and while it focuses on many areas of life affecting women such as equal pay, the issue of abortion is also on the table for discussion.

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  • A proposal which would force women to get permission from their sexual partner to allow them to have an abortion has passed the first hurdle in Oklahoma.

    The bill would mean women needed written consent from a man for a doctor to carry out a termination.

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  • At a robotics conference in 2015, I was surprised to hear a presenter argue that the sci-fi film Ex Machina was a "love story." Ex Machina is about a wealthy programmer who builds a robot woman and invites his employee to take the Turing Test—which tests whether he can tell the difference between a human and a machine. The robot woman is locked in a room and cannot leave voluntarily. Her "rescuer" only wants to help her because he is sexually attracted to her. Rather than being a "love story," Ex Machina is really about domestic violence and sexual objectification, though evidently not all people think that.

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  • Vogue Paris is going to feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time next month.

    Brazilian Valentina Sampaio has more than 32,000 followers on Instagram.

    Editor Emmanuelle Alt says she has "beauty striking enough to stun on the cover of Vogue".

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  • Thousands of humanists in England and Wales have been calling on the Government to give legal recognition to humanist weddings this Valentine’s Day, while in Scotland the Scottish Parliament has officially recognised Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) as the first non-religious organisation with a permanent right in law to conduct legal marriages under the 1977 Marriage Act.

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  • A religious programme on the BBC has once again drawn criticism from humanists who are demanding that it includes non-religious perspectives.

    Thought for the Day briefly features each weekday on Radio 4's Today programme and it includes reflections from Christian and other faith perspectives.

    Launching a new letter to lobby the corporation, the British Humanist Association said "so long as it exists, it is entirely unacceptable to exclude some speakers just because they are non-religious."

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  • A children's retailer has been accused of being in "the stone age" for marketing princess costumes for girls, and doctors' outfits for boys.

    The Early Learning Centre (ELC) has come under fire for a marketing mailout which showed two girls dressed up as "Belle and Cinderella" who are "all ready to go to the ball", whereas a little boy is dressed as Spider-Man. Another girl is dressed in a pink ballerina tutu, while "Danny the doctor" is "here to save the day"

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  • A heartbroken mother has told of the harrowing moment her premature son was 'left to die' by doctors because he was born one week before the abortion limit.

    Ashley Glass claims that when her son Dylan arrived at 23 weeks' gestation she was forced to watch as he fought in vain for breath without medical assistance.

    At the time, in March 2014, hospitals were only obliged to intervene and revive babies born after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

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