Stem cell biology may revolutionise reproduction

Jan 17, 2017 by

by James Cook, MercatorNet: Last year a Stanford law professor, Hank Greely, published a book, The End of Sex And The Future of Human Reproduction. In it he predicted that in 20 to 40 years’ time people would no longer have sex to make babies. Sex will be largely recreational and procreation will be subcontracted to IVF clinics to create designer babies. Greely was not setting the scene for a dystopian science fiction novel but extrapolating from current trends in genetic testing and stem cell...

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Obama’s transgender bathroom mandate faces challenge from Christian and feminist groups

Jan 17, 2017 by

by Lorraine Caballero, Christian Daily: U.S. President Barack Obama’s transgender bathroom mandate is now facing a joint challenge from a Christian and a feminist group, who are concerned that the policy exposes woman and girls to potential danger. In an unlikely partnership, the Family Policy Alliance (FPA) has teamed up with Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) to challenge Obama’s transgender bathroom policy, which dictates that schools should allow transgender individuals to...

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Prospective same-sex parents face hurdles as NHS fertility treatments set to be axed

Jan 17, 2017 by

by Nick Duffy, Pink News: Same-sex couples hoping to conceive in some parts of England may soon face financial hurdles, as a string of struggling local NHS authorities prepare to axe provisions for free fertility treatments. At present, artificial insemination and IVF is available on the NHS to couples who have trouble conceiving naturally, with insemination procedures often relied on by women in same-sex relationships in order to have children. However, struggling healthcare authorities...

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Abortion Activist leader of National Midwives Group who pushed abortion until birth to retire

Jan 17, 2017 by

from Life News: Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), will step down from the role and retire at the end of August 2017, it has been announced. Prof Warwick is also Chairman of Trustees for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), and came under fire when she signed the RCM up to their “We Trust Women Campaign”, which advocates for full decriminalisation of abortion on demand up to birth. This means that the RCM, which is Britain’s biggest maternity...

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Swiss Muslim wants private Islamic school after ECHR swimming defeat

Jan 17, 2017 by

by Darren Boyle, Mailonline: Swiss-Muslim families have vowed to create their own private schools to segregate boys from girls after a European court ruling made mixed-gender swimming lessons compulsory. Aziz Osmanoglu took a case to the European Court of Human Rights after Swiss authorities insisted his young daughters should participate in mixed swimming lessons. School authorities claimed the swimming classes were vital to the children’s ‘successful integration into Swiss...

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Why The Cathedral Quran Reading Deserved Its Rebuke

Jan 16, 2017 by

by Peter Ould, Christian Today: As Anglican rebukes go, it was a storm force four gale kind of one. The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (the Scottish equivalent of the Archbishop of Canterbury) wrote on Saturday that: “The decisions which have led to the situation in St Mary’s Cathedral are a matter for the Provost and the Cathedral community but the Scottish Episcopal Church is deeply distressed at the widespread offence which has been caused.” Trust me – in Anglican...

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Holocaust Memorial Antiques Roadshow

Jan 16, 2017 by

from BBC1: As preparations begin to mark Holocaust Memorial Day later this month, Fiona Bruce and a small team of experts meet a remarkable group of British survivors whose lives were shattered by the events of World War II. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office hosts a special gathering as Jewish families come together to talk – many for the first time on television – about life under Hitler’s tyranny. Precious objects that help tell their stories include family silver hidden...

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Canadian bioethicists call for organ donor euthanasia

Jan 16, 2017 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Of all ideas about assisted dying, this must be the worst. Well, well, that didn’t take long, did it? Euthanasia became legal in Canada in June and by December Quebec bioethicists had already published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics calling for organ donation after euthanasia. In fact, they were reflecting the positive opinions of the both the Quebec government and of Transplant Quebec, the professional association of transplant surgeons The authors,...

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Marriage equality will lead to gender confusion, Australian Christian Lobby claims

Jan 16, 2017 by

by Paul Karp, Guardian: Marriage equality will increase gender confusion because it undermines the “complementarity” of males and females, the Australian Christian Lobby has said. ACL makes the claim in submissions to the Senate committee examining the government’s marriage equality bill exposure draft, in which it argues marriage is a “child-centric” institution and calls for changes to allow discrimination against same-sex couples on the grounds of freedom of religion. The bill, released...

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‘Fatherhood penalty’ now a risk for men, warns charity

Jan 16, 2017 by

by Jamie Doward, Observer: The UK risks creating a “fatherhood penalty” as an increasing number of men jettison their careers for less demanding jobs which give them more time with their families, according to a major new study. The 2017 Modern Families Index, published on Monday, is the largest survey of its kind to measure how families achieve a work-life balance. It finds that nearly half of working fathers (47%) want to downshift to a less stressful job because they cannot balance the...

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