Tags: Healthcare

Genital cutting: the search for ‘health benefits’ is disingenuous and inconsistent

Genital cutting: the search for ‘health benefits’ is disingenuous and inconsistent

Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 by Brian D. Earp

The principle of bodily autonomy is enough reason to end genital cutting, says Brian D. Earp. Allowing 'health benefits' to dictate its acceptability risks legitimising inconsistent, pseudo-scientific justifications.

This article was originally published by... Read More »

Tags: Healthcare, Circumcision, FGM

Why we must reclaim religious freedom

Why we must reclaim religious freedom

Posted: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 by National Secular Society

There is an urgent case for resisting those who claim the mantle of 'religious freedom' without regard for others' rights and freedoms. Here's why our Secularism 2019 conference will be held under the tagline 'reclaiming religious freedom'.

"Everyone has the... Read More »

Tags: Secularism 2019, Religious freedom, Freedom from Religion, Freedom of Expression, Healthcare, LGBTQ rights

Religious freedom isn't a licence to violate others’ rights

Religious freedom isn't a licence to violate others’ rights

Posted: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 by Stephen Evans

Increasing clashes between religious orthodoxy and secular liberalism highlight one of the most pressing challenges facing contemporary societies; how to manage the incredible religious and cultural diversity that exist within them. This throws up important... Read More »

Tags: Circumcision, Healthcare

How cutting cultures deny dissenters their voice and identity

How cutting cultures deny dissenters their voice and identity

Posted: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 by Dr Antony Lempert

As Icelandic lawmakers consider whether to ban cutting infants' genitals for non-medical reasons, Dr Antony Lempert reflects on the ferocious backlash to the proposal in the UK.

This week non-therapeutic childhood male circumcision has hit the UK headlines... Read More »

Tags: Circumcision, Healthcare

Ireland’s hospitals: some welcome secularisation

Ireland’s hospitals: some welcome secularisation

Posted: Fri, 01 Sep 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

NSS executive director Keith Porteous Wood detects a long-overdue and decisive turn towards secularism in publicly funded healthcare in Ireland, an area in which the Catholic Church has until now been predominant.

The Catholic Church in Ireland has, until recently,... Read More »

Tags: Ireland, Healthcare, Catholic Church

Abortion ruling is a missed opportunity to recognise the disparity in women’s reproductive health rights across the UK

Abortion ruling is a missed opportunity to recognise the disparity in women’s reproductive health rights across the UK

Posted: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 by Dr Antony Lempert

Ensuring that NHS abortion services are made available, free of charge, to UK citizens travelling from Northern Ireland would be a way of mitigating the harm caused by a disparity in women's reproductive health rights across the UK, argues Dr Antony Lempert.... Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Healthcare, Reproductive Rights, Abortion

Irish National Maternity Hospital: “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!”

Irish National Maternity Hospital: “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!”

Posted: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

The determination to give a hospital to a disgraced religious order, in spite of public outrage, is the very antithesis of secularism. But the episode has prompted calls for fundamental changes in the relationship between church and state, writes Keith Porteous... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Ireland, Healthcare, Reproductive Rights

Stop pharmacies refusing prescriptions for emergency contraception on religious grounds

Stop pharmacies refusing prescriptions for emergency contraception on religious grounds

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

With the regulator considering curtailing 'conscience' objections to contraception prescriptions, Keith Porteous Wood urges supporters to respond to the consultation in the interests of vulnerable patients.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched... Read More »

Tags: Secular Medical Forum, Healthcare, Reproductive Rights

Sister Sarah Kuteh: up steps the next so called victim of ‘Christian persecution’

Sister Sarah Kuteh: up steps the next so called victim of ‘Christian persecution’

Posted: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 by Stephen Evans

It has been another week in which we've seen Christians in the Middle East losing their lives to violence and persecution, but much media attention in the UK has instead focussed around the plight of a nurse, supposedly sacked for "offering to pray with her... Read More »

Tags: Healthcare, Christianity, Workplace

Forced cutting of young boys’ genitals violates the most fundamental medical ethics

Forced cutting of young boys’ genitals violates the most fundamental medical ethics

Posted: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 by Dr Antony Lempert

Too often those who carry out forced cutting of young boys' genitals escape with gentle admonishment, rather than punishment commensurate with the severity of their actions, writes Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum.

In 2013, Dr Hassan Abdulla,... Read More »

Tags: Circumcision, Secular Medical Forum, Healthcare

Channel 4’s Dispatches reveals intimidating tactics of US-inspired anti-abortion campaigners

Channel 4’s Dispatches reveals intimidating tactics of US-inspired anti-abortion campaigners

Posted: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 by Dr Antony Lempert

Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum reacts to Channel 4 Dispatches' programme that showed the shock tactics UK anti-abortion campaigners are importing from America.

This week's Channel 4's Dispatches, presented by Cathy Newman, went undercover among... Read More »

Tags: Abortion, Healthcare, Secular Medical Forum, Reproductive Rights

NHS pastoral care should be a non-discriminatory service for all

NHS pastoral care should be a non-discriminatory service for all

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 by Stephen Evans

If NHS Trusts want to provide pastoral care for all, then there is no rationale for restricting the role of chaplain to those of faith, argues Stephen Evans.

God forbid – but if you or any your family end up in hospital, and feel the need for some emotional... Read More »

Tags: Healthcare, Chaplaincy

The Christian “fired for praying at work” – here’s the other side of the story

The Christian “fired for praying at work” – here’s the other side of the story

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 by Terry Sanderson

The British media unquestioningly promulgates the false narrative of Christians being discriminated against in the workplace. Terry Sanderson looks at the latest case involving a Christian disciplined for subjecting a subordinate to unwanted and intrusive... Read More »

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Discrimination, Healthcare

The dishonesty of religious lobbying shines like a beacon

The dishonesty of religious lobbying shines like a beacon

Posted: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 by Terry Sanderson

NSS President Terry Sanderson argues that the churches have changed their lobbying tactics, and are trying to impose their doctrines through misdirection and 'slippery slope' arguments.

The reaction of the Church of England and the Catholic Church to the debate... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Healthcare, Church of England, Catholic Church

The dishonesty of religious lobbying shines like a beacon

The dishonesty of religious lobbying shines like a beacon

Posted: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 by Terry Sanderson

NSS President Terry Sanderson argues that the churches have changed their lobbying tactics, and are trying to impose their doctrines through misdirection and 'slippery slope' arguments.

The reaction of the Church of England and the Catholic Church to the debate... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Healthcare, Church of England, Catholic Church

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

Posted: Mon, 13 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, says that hospital chaplaincy services "ought never to be seen as a luxury to be discarded when budgets are tight; or chapels as spaces to be sacrificed to other purposes when needs arise."

Speaking at... Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy, Healthcare, Public Services

Cracks appearing in NHS, but chaplains sail on regardless

Cracks appearing in NHS, but chaplains sail on regardless

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Horror stories about the state of the National Health Service are an almost daily occurrence now. Latest is a report from the Kings Fund issued this week. The think tank warned that "cracks are beginning to appear" as waiting times creep up, and hospitals... Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy, Healthcare

The Church of England should act now if it wants to save its hospital chaplaincy service

The Church of England should act now if it wants to save its hospital chaplaincy service

Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The following message appeared recently on the social networking site Gransnet:

"Went with a friend for her Chemo session. A chap who was a spiritual healer, wearing a chaplaincy badge, was approaching, one by one, everyone who was having chemo treatment, asking... Read More »

Tags: Charity, Healthcare, Chaplaincy, Big Society, Church of England, public funding

Hospitals axed, wages cut, frontline staff dispensed with – but Chaplains are sitting pretty

Hospitals axed, wages cut, frontline staff dispensed with – but Chaplains are sitting pretty

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Several alarming headlines over the past few weeks have indicated that hospitals up and down the country are about to close and that those that stay open will have savage staff culls and wage cuts.

Tags: Chaplaincy, Healthcare

Male circumcision is an unwarranted breach of a child’s integrity – just like FGM

Male circumcision is an unwarranted breach of a child’s integrity – just like FGM

Posted: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 by Kenneth Houston

The Muslim-Jewish alliance of religious 'leaders' who condemned the recent German court ruling in Cologne on male circumcision stands as a testament to the need for secularism. The court had decided that the right of individuals to freely express their religious... Read More »

Tags: Healthcare, Circumcision

Ritual circumcision: religious rights of parents are at odds with the best interests of the child

Ritual circumcision: religious rights of parents are at odds with the best interests of the child

Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 by Dr Antony Lempert

By Dr Antony Lempert, Secular Medical Forum

On 26th June a district court in Cologne made a landmark ruling that parents do not have the right to circumcise their children without a medical reason.

The case centred on a 4 year old boy who was circumcised by... Read More »

Tags: Healthcare, Circumcision

Christian doctors claim jobs at risk if they refuse to do gender reassignment operations

Christian doctors claim jobs at risk if they refuse to do gender reassignment operations

Posted: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 by Tessa Kendall

Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship is claiming that doctors risk disciplinary action if they refuse to carry out gender reassignment surgery.

Dr Saunders is being rather economical with the truth. The Royal College of Surgeons has confirmed... Read More »

Tags: Healthcare

Hapless MPs defend faith healers

Hapless MPs defend faith healers

Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 by Martin Robbins

If you live in South Luton, South-West Devon, or the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in Southern Cumbria, then congratulations; your neighbours have elected MPs who believe that prayer can heal the sick, and that any quack with a Bible should be able... Read More »

Tags: Healthcare, Christianity