Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012
The Philippine parliament approved legislation on Monday that permits government funding for contraception and for sex education classes in schools.
Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012
The Presidents of the European Council and European Commission today heard a plea for greater protection for pregnant women's right to life following the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland.
Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012
The Irish Government has paid substantial compensation to a woman who was forced to travel abroad for an abortion, despite being terminally ill with cancer.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012
Members of the European Parliament have this week examined Tonio Borg's bid to join the European Commission. Alarm has been raised about Mr Borg's performance in his home country of Malta, where he has opposed women's rights, gay rights and issues such as contraception and abortion.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012
The Secular Medical Forum has condemned the state of abortion laws in Ireland after a 31-year old woman died of septicaemia following a protracted miscarriage in Galway, Ireland.
Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012
Poland's harsh anti-abortion laws were condemned this week by the European Court of Human Rights after an almost unbelievably callous series of events were inflicted on a teenage victim of rape.
Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2012
Welsh Liberal Democrats have voted in favour of a motion calling for an end to public funding of the hospital chaplaincy service.
Posted: Tue, 02 Oct 2012
Leaders of some West African churches in the UK are pressuring patients infected with HIV to stop taking medication and instead trust in prayer and faith healing.
Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012
Two Swiss hospitals have suspended the performance of infant circumcision, after the ruling of a German court in Cologne which said that religious circumcision was likely to be illegal because it infringed the rights of the child.
Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2012
The court decision in Germany that held that circumcision, carried out for religious — as opposed to medical — reasons, is potentially harmful has been fiercely opposed by religious interests, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012
New research in the USA shows that Jehovah's Witnesses who refuse blood transfusions recover from heart surgery faster and with fewer complications than those who have transfusions.
Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 2012
Parents, doctors and researchers in Calgary have launched a fight to overturn a Catholic School District's ban on vaccinations for girls against the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012
The GP Dr Richard Scott who was disciplined by the General Medical Council for distressing one of his patients by trying to persuade him to change his religion has said that he intends to continue with his proselytising activities.
Posted: Thu, 14 Jun 2012
A Margate GP who was accused of distressing one of his patients by inappropriately trying to evangelise him has received a warning from the General Medical Council (GMC). If any further complaints are made about him, he risks being struck off the medical register.
Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012
A Christian psychotherapist has lost her appeal against suspension from her professional body after being struck off after attempting to convert a homosexual man to heterosexuality.
Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
Three Christian MPs are trying to overturn an advertising ban on claims that 'God can heal'. They are Gary Streeter (Con), Gavin Shuker (Lab) and Tim Farron (Lib Dem).
Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012
Speaking at a conference on infertility in Rome, the Pope has renewed his attack on IVF treatments. He said artificial methods of getting pregnant were 'arrogance', insisting that sex between a husband and wife was the only acceptable way of conceiving.
Posted: Wed, 29 Feb 2012
Two Catholic midwives have lost a legal battle after claiming that being asked to supervise nurses involved in abortion procedures violated their religious conscience.
Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012
The National Secular Society's campaign to get the church to pay the salary of their clergymen who are working in hospitals as chaplains was falsely portrayed at this week's Church of England General Synod.
Posted: Tue, 07 Feb 2012
A religious TV channel has been fined £25,000 by the media regulator Ofcom after it permitted a televangelist to claim that his "Miracle Olive Oil Soap' could cure cancer.