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27 April 2012

27 April 2012

27 April 2012 Top stories: UK pilot study concludes that 13-year-olds should be able to buy birth control pills at pharmacies A pilot study in south-east London has concluded that girls as young as 13 should be allowed to buy birth control pills at pharmacies. A report found that 46% of the girls involved in the pilot had not used the pill before. [Guardian, 25 April ] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "Some years ago similar pilot schemes were conducted prior to the morning-after pill being authorised for prescription-free sale in pharmacies. It is clear that the main criteria for success in these studies is the uptake of teenagers using the pills. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy designed to mislead policy-makers." UK Equalities Minister to promote 'family planning' in visit to Africa Lynne Featherstone, Britain's Equalities Minister will promote so-called 'family planning' in a visit this week to Africa. The government announced that 'family planning' was one of the issues at the "top of the agenda" for the visit. [Home Office, 24 April ]  The current British government has made supporting abortion, contraception and so-called gay rights priorities for its international development agenda. Other stories: Abortion * "I'm childless at 42 and haunted by the baby I aborted at 18" [Mail, 26 April ] * Yeehaw watch out for "American tactics and American money" [SPUC youth blog, 25 April ] * UK men accused of running child prostitution also charged with procuring abortion [BBC, 24 April ] * Marie Stopes: The other side of the story [SPUC youth blog, 24 April ] * Letter to the Guardian reveals the sad effects of abortion for parents [SPUC youth blog, 23 April ] * US priest celebrates Mass outside abortion centre [, 23 April ] * Amnesty International tells Dominican Republic votes to elect a pro-abortion president [Amnesty International, 23 April ] * Further report on defeat of proabortion bill in Ireland [Pat Buckley, 20 April ] * Medics led the way in the nineteenth century pro-life movement [SPUC youth blog, 18 April ] Embryology * IVF drugs linked to childhood cancer, suggest French researchers [Telegraph, 24 April ] Euthanasia * Nurse filmed slapping elderly Alzheimer's sufferer at care home [Telegraph, 23 April ] Population * Blind Chinese activist's 'mystery' escape [ITV, 27 April ] * The Neo-Malthusian League and the origins of the birth control movement [SPUC youth blog, 17 April ] Sexual ethics * Speaker of the House of Commons to attend gay rights march [Pink Paper, 27 April ] * Papal nuncio to Great Britain speaks out on sexual ethics [Catholic Herald, 27 April ] * UK pilot study concludes that 13-year-olds should be able to buy birth control pills at pharmacies [Guardian, 25 April ] * Britain has world's 3rd highest proportion of sexually-active teens, study suggests [Mail, 25 April ] * UK education minister says educational success can reduce need for school sex-ed [Telegraph, 24 April ] General * Watch this wonderful pro-life video [John Smeaton, 25 April ] * Croagh Patrick: Annual climb for life [Pat Buckley, 24 April ] * US pro-life champion Charles Colson dies aged 80 [NRLC, 24 April ]

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