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Senior Labour advisor says Chinese one-child policy has had "positive impact"

22 September 2009

A senior advisor to Britain's governing Labour party has said that China's one-child policy has had a "positive impact" on the Chinese economy. Lord Adair Turner, writing for a philosophy journal, said that the policy had allowed China to develop without "severe political and social tensions". Robert Whelan of Civitas, the think-tank, said he regretted Lord Turner's comments, and questioned "his analysis that the one-child policy is responsible for China's economic" progress. [Daily Mail, 22 September] http://is.gd/3yioa

Both the prime minister and opposition leader in Britain have commented on moves to allow assisted suicide. A spokesman for Gordon Brown, the prime minister, restated Mr Brown's opposition to assisted suicide but would not be drawn on draft guidelines, due to be issued tomorrow, on prosecuting cases of assisting suicide. David Cameron, the opposition leader, called moves to tolerate assisted suicide "dangerous for society". John Smeaton, SPUC director, commented: "We must hold these politicians to account." [SPUC director's blog, 22 September] http://is.gd/3zcut

Other stories:

Council of Europe to debate pro-abortion report 2 Oct [John Smeaton, SPUC director, 19 September] http://is.gd/3vKzI

Vienna archbishop stops Salzburg bishop from attending pro-life protest. SPUC corrects claims made re 1981 by-election [John Smeaton, SPUC director, 20 September] http://is.gd/3vKRv

Spain Council of State approves proposed abortion reforms, bill yet to be finalised by ministers and parliament [Jurist, 18 September] http://is.gd/3vJW7

Rare genetic disease successfully reversed in mouse trial using adult stem cells [Bionity, 21 September] http://is.gd/3vDoO

Pregnant mother must hand over child when born after being implanted with wrong embryo [Daily Express, 22 September] http://is.gd/3yiH7

IVF is "a crazier gamble than a Las Vegas casino" says IVF pioneer [Daily Mail, 22 September] http://is.gd/3yi7S

The Economist magazine backs call for population control to be used to combat climate change [Economist, 21 September] http://is.gd/3ykXY

Politicians have duty to intervene to reduce teenage pregnancies, says Scotland's public health minister [Scotsman, 22 September] http://is.gd/3yjbx

Premature births up by 16 per cent over past 25 years as survival rates increase [Telegraph, 22 September] http://is.gd/3ygmT

42% of Canadian obstetricians say pregnant mothers have a right to Caesarean sections [National Post, 21 September] http://is.gd/3yh9p

Christian lawyers call for assisted suicide rules change to be halted, question impartiality of Britain's most senior judge [Telegraph, 22 September] http://is.gd/3yfsx

Prominent commentator David Aaronovitch backs assisted suicide [Times, 22 September] http://is.gd/3ykbx

Minister claims Scots government to amend incapacity act practice code to ensure no euthanasia by denial of food or fluids [Wired Gov, 21 September] http://is.gd/3yeZF

Merseyside medics defend Liverpool Care Pathway [Liverpool Daily Post, 22 September] http://is.gd/3ygau

Palliative care doctor disputes Times letter by anti-euthanasia doctor [Times, 22 September] http://is.gd/3yjUV

Assisting suicide won't be prosecuted unless motives were ulterior. DPP to publish draft guidance Wed. Care Not Killing cautious [Telegraph, 19 September]

Two Labour MPs debate for & against reported draft guidance [Times, 21 September] http://is.gd/3vGyM

Woman's personal account before committing suicide at Dignitas centre [Times, 20 September] http://is.gd/3vHw9

Palliative carers should pay more attention to hydration, writes anti-euthanasia doctor [Times, 21 September] http://is.gd/3vGLZ

Australian quadriplegic who won case to refuse food & water dies from chest infection [AP via USA Today, 21 September] http://is.gd/3vEah

Irish Times newspaper again parrots Law Reform Commission's claims that Mental Capacity Bill won't change euthanasia law [Irish Times, 21 September] http://is.gd/3vFeR

Dominican Republic gives final approval to constitutional amendment protecting the right to life "from conception until death" [LifeSiteNews.com, 18 September] http://is.gd/3vI1d

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