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Newsline 11 January 2013

January is renewal time for NSS membership.
Members who pay an annual subscription (rather than paying by standing order) are due to renew their membership this month. We hope you will stay with us as we struggle to hold back the tide of religious demands for privilege. If you joined us after September last year, your subscription is already valid until January 2014. Join and renew here.

Catholic midwives try to extend the “conscience” exemption in Abortion Act

Catholic midwives try to extend the “conscience” exemption in Abortion Act

News | Thu, 10 Jan 2013

Two Scottish Catholic midwives who didn't want to supervise staff who carried out abortion procedures have appealed to the Court of Sessions after their arguments were rejected in a judicial review last year.

Secularists: put your principles into action and support the NSS

Secularists: put your principles into action and support the NSS

Opinion | Thu, 10 Jan 2013

We've got another big year coming up and the strength of our voice is crucial. Please be part of it. Put your principles into action today.

Take part in the Scouts and Girl Guides consultations on the promise

Take part in the Scouts and Girl Guides consultations on the promise

Opinion | Tue, 08 Jan 2013

Despite describing themselves as "open and inclusive" organisations, both the Scouts and the Girl Guides currently insist that new members take a 'Promise' that includes a religious oath. However, this could all be about to change.

Secularist of the Year – make sure you’re there!

Secularist of the Year – make sure you’re there!

News | Thu, 10 Jan 2013

Tickets are still available for the premier secular event of the calendar – Secularist of the Year. Make sure you're there!

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

News | Wed, 09 Jan 2013

In 2012, 19 states in the USA enacted 43 provisions that "sought to restrict access to abortion services," according to the Guttmacher Institute.

One Law for All’s ‘Sounds of Freedom’ Song Competition –calling for entries.

One Law for All’s ‘Sounds of Freedom’ Song Competition –calling for entries.

News | Thu, 20 Dec 2012

The One Law for All campaign is inviting musicians and songwriters to create and submit their original material for a song competition.

NSS Speaks Out

The NSS was quoted in the Times Educational Supplement on the topic of unfair "faith schools" admissions policies, a story that was subsequently picked up by the Daily Mail.

The TES also quoted Terry Sanderson on the topic of nativity plays.

Scottish spokesperson Alistair McBay had a letter in the Dundee Courier, this letter and this letter both in the Scotsman, and this one in the Scottish Herald.

Keith Porteous Wood was on the BBC World Service talking about religion in the workplace and also on BBC 3 Counties radio. Terry Sanderson was on BBC Radio Kent talking about the girl guides consultation on their promise.

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