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from conception to natural death


Government under pressure on parental rights

23 July 2009

Pressure is being put on the government to abolish parents' right to withdraw their children from sex education. Simon Blake, chief executive of Brook, an abortion referral agency, said: "Our belief is you cannot reconcile children's rights to high-quality sex and relationships education with the parental right of withdrawal. The right of withdrawal needs to be removed." [Telegraph, 16 July] Parents will be given barely any say in the content of sex education under government plans to make the subject compulsory from primary school onwards, according to a new report. Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust, the report's author, said that the move "would make schools less accountable to parents" and "would limit the discretion of individual schools". [Telegraph, 22 July]

Other stories:

Catholic nurse forced to participate in an abortion under the threat of disciplinary action [, 22 July]

Pro-life commentary debunking claim that legalising abortion protects women's health [SPUC director's blog, 21 July]

Claim that skin-like tissue has been developed from human embryonic stem cells [Medical News Today, 22 July]

A slow embryo heart rate could mean that mothers who have undergone in vitro fertilization are at increased risk for miscarriage [Reuters, 22 July]

Op-ed from anti-life Guardian columnis: "Our ageing world isn't a catastrophe. It's a triumph" [Guardian, 22 July]

New magazine launches assault on our nation's children [SPUC director's blog, 22 July]

Muslim group to oppose compulsory sex ed for primary school children [Independent, 23 July]

Mexican government promotes "morning after pill," condom use, to ten-year-olds [, 22 July]

Mothers' health in the days and weeks prior to becoming pregnant may determine the health of offspring much later in life [Medical News Today, 22 July]

New research has suggested that pregnant women with low levels of the hormone progesterone may be more likely to have a premature birth [Nursing in Practice, 22 July]

A former employee of Swiss suicide facility Dignitas has spoken out after the recent double suicide of a British couple. In reality the Dignitas 'clinic' is "just one person who has found a way to make a lot of money out of death and the fear of it", said Soraya Wernli [Christian Institute, 22 July]

Female medical student murdered two elderly women so she could study death [Daily Mail, 22 July]

Father, 60, writes about being an older parent [Times, 23 July]

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