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Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

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.

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

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.

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

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.

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Secular groups around Europe are preparing to oppose the nomination of the Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Tonio Borg to replace the recently resigned European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

Ireland rejects abortion law reform

Ireland rejects abortion law reform

Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2012

The lower house of the Irish Parliament has rejected a private member's bill to ease the Republic's abortion laws. In a vote of 109 to 20, the Dáil rejected the bill brought by Clare Daly of the opposition Socialist Party that would permit "termination of pregnancy where a real and substantial risk to the life of the pregnant woman exists."

An unbridgeable gulf separates Norway and the Holy See on women’s rights at the United Nations

An unbridgeable gulf separates Norway and the Holy See on women’s rights at the United Nations

Posted: Wed, 21 Mar 2012

Two very contrasting statements about abortion and contraception were made this week at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.

Forty Days of Choice

Forty Days of Choice

Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012

The Christian anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life are celebrating Lent by picketing abortion clinics, spreading misinformation and generally making life difficult for clinic staff and women using their services.

Pope renews attack on IVF

Pope renews attack on IVF

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.

Catholic midwives lose abortion 'conscientious objection' case

Catholic midwives lose abortion 'conscientious objection' case

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.

Vatican back in charge in Spain as Government promises to roll back abortion reforms

Vatican back in charge in Spain as Government promises to roll back abortion reforms

Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2012

Spain's new right-wing government, headed by the People's Party, has announced that it will seek to reform the nation's abortion law, which permits abortion on demand during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and allows minors to obtain the procedure without parental permission.

Abortion counselling amendment to sneak in through the back door

Abortion counselling amendment to sneak in through the back door

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2012

the Government has been accused of pushing ahead plans to strip abortion providers of their role in counselling women despite an amendment on the issue suffering a heavy defeat in the Commons last year.

Pope attacks ‘radical secularism’ and orders US bishops to twist the arms of politicians over abortion

Pope attacks ‘radical secularism’ and orders US bishops to twist the arms of politicians over abortion

Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2012

The pope has again railed against what he sees as the dangers posed by "radical secularism".

Expert panel to examine abortion law in Ireland

Expert panel to examine abortion law in Ireland

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012

Pro-choice groups in Ireland have expressed hopes that a new expert committee set up by the Government will recommend that the laws on abortion will be relaxed.

Liberal Catholics implore President Obama not to turn his back on women

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2011

In an open letter to President Obama published on Monday's New York Times op-ed page, the liberal pressure group Catholics for Choice called on the President to ensure that family planning is included on the list of essential preventive services under the Affordable Care Act.

Another woman refused morning after pill by religious pharmacist

Another woman refused morning after pill by religious pharmacist

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2011

A Hartlepool woman has been refused the morning after pill by a pharmacist on the grounds of "religious conscience". The 29 year old woman was reportedly "stunned" when told she would would have to go elsewhere as the pharmacist wouldn't fulfil the prescription due to religious objections.

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