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Tue, 17 May 2022

‘Abortion: the story of suffering and death behind Ireland’s ban and subsequent legalisation’

‘Abortion: the story of suffering and death behind Ireland’s ban and subsequent legalisation’

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalised abortion in the U.S., the nation may find itself on a path similar to that trod by the Irish people from 1983 to 2018, says Gretchen E. Ely.

The Conversation

Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the world, an Associated Press review of leaked data shows.

The Associated Press

Australia: Marist Brothers appointed known child abuser as principal of Melbourne school in 1980, court told

Australia: Marist Brothers appointed known child abuser as principal of Melbourne school in 1980, court told

A Catholic order made the "unthinkable" decision to appoint a known child abuser as the principal of one of its Melbourne schools, allowing him to molest boys in his office unchecked on a "regular basis", a court has heard.

The Guardian

‘Speak up on behalf of Afghan women’

‘Speak up on behalf of Afghan women’

What is happening right now in Afghanistan is the most serious women's rights crisis in the world today, says Heather Barr.

The Diplomat

Mon, 16 May 2022

Thousands rally for abortion rights across the US

Thousands rally for abortion rights across the US

Thousands of people were taking part in protests across the US on Saturday to decry the supreme court's expected reversal of the landmark 1973 law that made abortion legal in America.

The Guardian

‘How Democrats dumped secularism, found God — and doomed Roe v. Wade’

‘How Democrats dumped secularism, found God — and doomed Roe v. Wade’

Democrats' slide into Christian nationalism may have gotten Clinton and Obama elected. But it came at a big price, says Jacques Berlinerblau.

Salon

Abortion rights campaigners gather in Edinburgh as pressure mounts over buffer zones in Scotland

Abortion rights campaigners gather in Edinburgh as pressure mounts over buffer zones in Scotland

Abortion rights campaigners gathered at the US consulate in Edinburgh on Saturday to protest the potential overturning of Roe vs Wade, as pressure mounts on the Scottish Government to introduce buffer zones around reproductive health centres in Scotland.

The Scotsman*

Racist Buffalo killer labelled London Mayor 'Muslim invader' in chilling manifesto

Racist Buffalo killer labelled London Mayor 'Muslim invader' in chilling manifesto

A teenage white supremacist accused of slaughtering 10 people in a racist massacre at a US supermarket branded Mayor of London Sadiq Khan a 'high profile enemy' and 'Muslim invader' in a twisted manifesto.

LBC

Brighton MP describes ‘pain and agony’ of partner’s conversion therapy

Brighton MP describes ‘pain and agony’ of partner’s conversion therapy

A Brighton MP has described the "pain and agony" caused as his partner underwent conversion therapy, and criticised the Government's proposals to address the issue.

Brighton & Hove News

Germany train attack: Five people injured as knifeman stabs passengers and police probe ‘terror link’

Germany train attack: Five people injured as knifeman stabs passengers and police probe ‘terror link’

German police are investigating after five train passengers were injured in an apparent random knife attack on Friday morning, which detectives said may be linked to Islamist terrorism.

The Independent

Spain to ease abortion limits for over-16s

Spain to ease abortion limits for over-16s

Spain's Socialist-led coalition government is preparing a law that would allow women over the age of 16 to have abortions without permission from their parents or guardians.

The Guardian

Croatia abortion: Thousands protest against termination

Croatia abortion: Thousands protest against termination

Anti-abortion activists have protested in Croatia amid a fierce debate about reproductive rights in the country.

BBC

Protests in Nigeria after arrests for ‘blasphemy’ killing of female student

Protests in Nigeria after arrests for ‘blasphemy’ killing of female student

Hundreds of people in Nigeria's north-western city of Sokoto demonstrated on Saturday over the arrest of two students after the murder of a Christian student accused of blasphemy, residents said.

The Guardian

‘The killing of Nigerian Christian student has everything to do with religion’

‘The killing of Nigerian Christian student has everything to do with religion’

It is high time Nigeria confronted the elephant in the room that is Islamic extremism, says Leo Igwe.

Modern Ghana

Kenyan fighting FGM crowned world's best nurse

Kenyan fighting FGM crowned world's best nurse

A Kenyan nurse who campaigns against early marriage and female genital mutilation says she is "speechless" after winning a prize of $250,000.

BBC

Some Qatar hotels won't accept same-sex couples despite FIFA promises-report

Some Qatar hotels won't accept same-sex couples despite FIFA promises-report

Three hotels in Qatar will refuse to accommodate same-sex couples when people travel to the Gulf country for the World Cup this year despite FIFA's assurances they will be allowed to book rooms, a Scandinavian media survey has discovered.

Reuters*

Fri, 13 May 2022

Early at-home abortions will continue in Scotland

Early at-home abortions will continue in Scotland

At-home medical abortions will continue in Scotland as standard practice, the Scottish government has confirmed.

BBC

Bill banning anti-abortion protests in NI delayed

Bill banning anti-abortion protests in NI delayed

A bill to ban anti-abortion protests outside health settings in Northern Ireland has been delayed from becoming law.

BBC

Conversion therapy: UK government to fund helpline

Conversion therapy: UK government to fund helpline

The government is to fund a helpline for people who have had, or are at risk of, all forms of so-called conversion therapy.

BBC

Liverpool LGBT+ community to host 'inclusive' event for arrival of American preacher Franklin Graham

Liverpool LGBT+ community to host 'inclusive' event for arrival of American preacher Franklin Graham

The LGBT+ community in Liverpool is holding an event to show the city is an inclusive place in preparation for the arrival of a controversial American preacher.

ITV

Warning dangerous 'Zamzam' holy water could be on sale in Leicester

Warning dangerous 'Zamzam' holy water could be on sale in Leicester

Not only is Zamzam water illegal to sell for consumption, but there are concerns people are being ripped off with water that's not even from the holy site in the Middle East.

Leicestershire Live

Greece bans conversion therapy for minors

Greece bans conversion therapy for minors

Greece on Wednesday banned conversion therapy for minors, a practice which the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community worldwide, as well as health experts, have condemned as harmful.

Reuters*

Female student in Nigeria beaten to death over ‘blasphemy’

Female student in Nigeria beaten to death over ‘blasphemy’

A female student in Nigeria was beaten to death and set on fire by fellow students who accused her of posting "blasphemous" statements in a WhatsApp group, two witnesses have said.

The Guardian

Biden predicts that if Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, same-sex marriage will be next

Biden predicts that if Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, same-sex marriage will be next

President Joe Biden predicted Wednesday that if the Supreme Court officially overturns Roe v. Wade's holding of a federal constitutional right to abortion, the court will next look to strike down other landmark cases guaranteeing Americans' rights, from same-sex marriage to contraception access.

CNN

Tokyo to recognise same-sex unions but not as legal marriage

Tokyo to recognise same-sex unions but not as legal marriage

Japan's capital has announced it will start recognising same-sex partnerships to ease the burdens faced by residents in their daily lives, but the unions will not be considered legal marriages.

The Associated Press

Lynette Wallworth on joining a cult – then leaving: ‘I didn’t make a move without reading the Bible’

Lynette Wallworth on joining a cult – then leaving: ‘I didn’t make a move without reading the Bible’

Once a 'prophetess' in a Pentecostal cult, the Australian film-maker has watched with horror as evangelicals gain power around the world. With her latest work, she hopes to stop others from doing what she did.

The Guardian

Australia: New South Wales voluntary assisted dying law advances

Australia: New South Wales voluntary assisted dying law advances

New South Wales is a step closer to allowing voluntary assisted dying, with state parliament due to hold a final vote on new laws next week.

The Armidale Express

Thu, 12 May 2022

Supreme Court to consider if NI anti-abortion buffer zones bill is 'proportionate' with rights to protest

Supreme Court to consider if NI anti-abortion buffer zones bill is 'proportionate' with rights to protest

The Attorney General for Northern Ireland has asked the Supreme Court to consider whether a Bill implementing buffer zones is in "proportionate interference" with the rights of those who express opposition to abortion services.

The Scotsman*

Call for Scottish minister to resign after protest outside sexual health clinic

Call for Scottish minister to resign after protest outside sexual health clinic

Campaigners have called for the resignation of the SNP's women's health minister after anti-abortion protesters were "shouting" outside of a Glasgow sexual health clinic.

STV

£8k for church worker sacked after row over priest’s affair

£8k for church worker sacked after row over priest’s affair

A Scottish church charity worker who claimed she was sacked for whistleblowing about a married priest's relationship with a "vulnerable" parishioner has won £8,000 in compensation.

The Times*

Preston Muslim Girl's High School's expansion with pupil numbers set to rise

Preston Muslim Girl's High School's expansion with pupil numbers set to rise

Staff at the Islamic secondary school have said in their application that growing demand for admissions to the school mean more dedicated facilities are needed.

Lancashire Live

Martyn Percy: ‘Why I’m leaving the Church of England’

Martyn Percy: ‘Why I’m leaving the Church of England’

Mired in allegations of partisanship and incompetence, the Church is now incapable of running its own affairs. After a series of farcical "safeguarding" claims, the former dean of Christ Church, Oxford, no longer feels he belongs

Prospect

El Salvador: woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for homicide after miscarriage

El Salvador: woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for homicide after miscarriage

A court in El Salvador has sentenced a woman who suffered a miscarriage to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide, in a case which activists said offers a stark warning to women in the United States, where the supreme court is considering overturning a key ruling which legalised abortion.

The Guardian

US Democrats' bid for federal abortion law fails in the Senate

US Democrats' bid for federal abortion law fails in the Senate

US Senate Democrats have failed to pass a bill to make the right to abortion a federal law, as the nation's top court is poised to curtail it.

BBC

After church protests, experts warn extremists may exploit abortion demonstrations

After church protests, experts warn extremists may exploit abortion demonstrations

Religious leaders, governmental authorities and extremism experts say they are disquieted by a spate of incidents that took place at Catholic churches over the weekend, raising concerns about vandalism and the potential for white nationalists to exploit escalating tensions regarding abortion.

Religion News Service

‘The Religious Right and the abortion myth’

‘The Religious Right and the abortion myth’

White evangelicals in the 1970s didn't initially care about abortion. They organised to defend racial segregation in evangelical institutions — and only seized on banning abortion because it was more palatable than their real goal, says Randall Balmer.

Politico

US identifies more than 50 Native American boarding school burial sites

US identifies more than 50 Native American boarding school burial sites

The US government directly ran some of the boarding schools. Catholic, Protestant and other churches operated others with federal funding, backed by US laws and policies to "civilize" Native Americans.

The Guardian

Wed, 11 May 2022

New Midlothian Council urged to scrap ‘votes for churches’

New Midlothian Council urged to scrap ‘votes for churches’

Campaigners from Humanist Society Scotland have called on Midlothian councillors to ensure religious groups do not get a privileged say over how schools are run against the wishes of the local electorate.

Edinburgh Evening News*

Government accused of endangering LGBT lives with conversion therapy “consent loophole”

Government accused of endangering LGBT lives with conversion therapy “consent loophole”

The government has reiterated a pledge to "ban" conversion therapy in the Queen's speech, but a loophole creates an exception to the ban if it is believed that adults "consent" to the practice.

PoliticsHome

Internet abortion service ‘protects women from abuse’

Internet abortion service ‘protects women from abuse’

A leading fertility expert said women should continue to receive abortions over the internet to spare them from abuse from pro-life activists at fertility clinics.

The Times*

Risk of LGBT refugees sent to Rwanda facing persecution over sexual orientation is ‘justified’, says Home Office

Risk of LGBT refugees sent to Rwanda facing persecution over sexual orientation is ‘justified’, says Home Office

The Home Office has admitted that LGBT+ refugees who are deported to Rwanda could be persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation – but it plans to send them there anyway.

The Independent*

Laissez-faire French mayor reignites burkini war

Laissez-faire French mayor reignites burkini war

The move by Grenoble to allow Muslim women to swim in full-body bathing suits has triggered an outcry from both conservatives and left-wing feminists, who accuse the Greens mayor of surrendering to Islamist ideology.

The Times*

Canada: Is it time to replace the House of Commons opening prayer?

Canada: Is it time to replace the House of Commons opening prayer?

A motion from the Bloc Québécois sought to replace the prayer read at the opening of each daily sitting of the House of Commons with "a moment of reflection."

Global News

Mississippi governor defends law forcing incest survivors to carry babies to term

Mississippi governor defends law forcing incest survivors to carry babies to term

Mississippi governor Tate Reeves has defended a state law that forces women and girls impregnated through incest to carry their babies to term.

The Independent*

Pro-choice group claims arson attack on Wisconsin anti-abortion office

Pro-choice group claims arson attack on Wisconsin anti-abortion office

Madison police investigate attack on Wisconsin Family Action after claim by group calling itself Jane's revenge.

The Guardian

‘Will the killing of a schoolteacher have any effect on Pakistan's blasphemy laws?’

‘Will the killing of a schoolteacher have any effect on Pakistan's blasphemy laws?’

The murder of a teacher accused of blasphemy at an all-girls religious school is the latest in a long line of vigilante attacks.

New Humanist

‘The Guardian view on Afghan women: the Taliban turn the screws’

‘The Guardian view on Afghan women: the Taliban turn the screws’

The regime intensifies repression and suffering while failing to address the country's urgent humanitarian needs.

The Guardian

Tue, 10 May 2022

Police ‘should use public order laws at abortion clinic vigils’

Police ‘should use public order laws at abortion clinic vigils’

Police Scotland has been urged to use existing powers to break up protests outside abortion clinics.

The Times*

Brothers campaign to legalise assisted dying after mother ended life in Dignitas clinic

Brothers campaign to legalise assisted dying after mother ended life in Dignitas clinic

Brothers from Merseyside have joined a campaign to change assisted dying laws after their mother chose to end her life in a Swiss clinic.

ITV

UN calls for immediate release of Scottish Sikh man held and 'tortured' illegally in India

UN calls for immediate release of Scottish Sikh man held and 'tortured' illegally in India

Jagtar Singh Johal was arrested in 2017 after travelling to the Punjab for his wedding, with local media linking his detention to the killing of right-wing Hindu leaders in the area.

The Scotsman*

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