Research on the links between abortion and mental health

Apr 30, 2020 by

By Dr Stephen Sammut B.Pharm PhD. As a neuroscientist who has a great interest in understanding human behaviour, I have always understood the necessity for evidence-based-practice. However, for several decades now, arguments have gone backwards and forwards as to whether induced abortion (termination of pregnancy) has any negative effects. In all of this, one aspect of scientific evidence has been missing – pre-clinical data. Pre-clinical research – what is it?  As scientists, we are not given...

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Transgender man, 34, loses battle to be named as father on his child’s birth certificate

Apr 30, 2020 by

by Amie Gordon, Mailonline: A transgender man has today lost a Court of Appeal challenge over being registered as ‘mother’ on his child’s birth certificate. Freddy McConnell, who was born a woman but transitioned into a man, gave birth to his baby boy, but wants to be registered as ‘father’ or ‘parent’. He says forcing him to register as the ‘mother’ of the baby, identified only as YY, breaches his human right to respect for private and...

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Zooming in on a CU in lockdown

Apr 30, 2020 by

from The Christian Unions: What does everyday life look like for a CU now? Lockdown has brought new sets of challenges for lots of CUs, but they’ve been encouraged to see God’s continued faithfulness. Many are still meeting together, and still keen to share the gospel. We recently asked CU president, Stephen, what Oxford Inter-Collegiate CU are up to during lockdown and here’s how he responded…  In many ways, there have been encouragements. We’ve seen lots of the CU getting out of...

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Facing death with Easter hope

Apr 30, 2020 by

by Richard Bauckham, Psephizo: The message of Easter is hope, and hope is what we very much need in these times.” Something like that is what many church leaders interviewed in the media were saying around Eastertime. Unfortunately, to people who know nothing much at all about what Easter celebrates, it can come across as a rather bland encouragement to optimism. In fact, our species has a natural bias to optimism. In circumstances in which, in a dispassionate view, pessimism might seem...

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Living in Love and Faith: update in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 30, 2020 by

from The Church of England Media Centre: The House of Bishops has agreed that, in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the publication of the Living in Love and Faith resources, which had been scheduled to take place in June, should be postponed. In a statement, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, together with the Bishops of Coventry and London, emphasise that work on the Living in Love and Faith resources continues and that the situation will be monitored to discern the most...

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Ramadan in lockdown

Apr 30, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: Tim Dieppe comments on how the media has addressed the Muslim festival of Ramadan during lockdown. Ramadan started on Thursday 23 April this year and will continue to Saturday 23 May. Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. During this period, devout Muslims are expected to fast from all eating and drinking during daylight hours. Muslims engaging in this fast will get up to eat and drink before dawn – the Suhoor – and will then share an evening meal –...

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