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Married couples in the UK are to finally benefit from a tax break, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced. And he said that the proposal, worth up to £200 a year, was “just a start”.
Northern Ireland, which currently protects the right to life of the unborn child in the vast majority of situations, is to examine introducing abortion on the grounds of foetal abnormality and possibly rape and incest. Alliance leader and Health minister David Ford MLA said that he is to initiate a consultation on possible changes to abortion law.
A six year-old girl in the UK who wants to be treated as a boy has been given a support worker to make sure she is treated as a member of the opposite sex at school. Georgia, who is known as George, has wanted to be a boy since the age of three, according to her mother – the girl refused to wear dresses and tried to cut her own hair short, the Christian Institute reports.
The vast majority of children are cared for by parents or relatives, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned by Donegal Childcare Committee, found that 77pc of pre-school children were being looked after by either parents (64pc) or paid or unpaid relatives (13pc).
Politicians lacking Christian conviction and moral values have cause voters to lose trust in politics, according to a leading UK Labour politician. David Lammy , former minister for higher education, compared many current politicians to King Herod and accused the political system of being dominated by “yes-men, placemen and posers,” the Daily Telegraph reports.
Women's brains are wired differently to men's, according to new research. The study, published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, has found striking differences between the way that men’s and women’s brains are wired to work, the Irish Independent reports.
Croatians have voted to define marriage as being between a man and a woman in a referendum at the weekend by a margin of almost two-to-one. Just over 65pc said “yes” to the referendum question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?”
The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a Christian B&B that only allows married couples to share a double bed. Owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull had been successfully sued by gay couple Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, and ordered to pay £3,600 in damages, the Christian Institute reports.
The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has accused the United Nations' Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) of “inverting the standard of human rights” after it posed a number of questions about Ireland's record on abortion. Yesterday it emerged that UNCAT had questioned the Government as to whether “adequate guidelines exist.....for medical and other professionals on criteria to be met for legal termination of pregnancies”.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (pictured) has denied that he is pushing for assisted suicide after it was suggested there was a split between him and Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the issue. It comes after he appeared to suggest last week in the Dáil that he would welcome legislation on assisted suicide.
Children in one-parent families are the “most disadvantaged in terms of household income and maternal education” according to a survey of five year old children in Ireland. The latest report from the Growing Up In Ireland project, entitled The Family Circumstances of Five Year Olds, found that children born into single parent families were more than twice as likely to be in the lowest income group in the study.
The family “is experiencing a profound cultural crisis” from individualism and postmodernism, Pope Francis has warned. In Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) the Pope said that all communities and social bonds were being endangered by current cultural trends.
Sweden has been accused of violating the European Social Charter’s “right to protection of health [and] non-discrimination” for doctors and medical students who refuse to participate in abortion. The complaint was filed to the Council of Europe by the Federation of Catholic Family Associations, (FAFCE), an international NGO.
Teens and young adults who engage in frequent casual sex are at greater risk of depression and even suicidal thoughts, according to new research. A study published in the Journal of Sex found that poor mental health and casual sex contribute to each other over time among teens and young adults.
Pro-life group Youth Defence have had their offices vandalised for the seventh time in a year. Vandals threw rocks in a first floor window last Friday night, the organisation said.
A new Bill which would allow abortion where the unborn child is terminally ill is “ deeply hurtful to families whose babies live or lived with a terminal illness” the Pro Life Campaign has said. The Government will not prevent the Bill, the Protection of Life in Pregnancy (Amendment) (Fatal Foetal Abnormalities) Bill and sponsored by independent TD Clare Daly, being introduced, although it is not thought likely that they will support it.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has said that the Government will look at commissioning an expert report on assisted suicide. Mr Gilmore’s remarks came after a Dublin woman was charged yesterday with assisting in the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer two years ago.
Church of England schools are not the preserve of “white, middle class pupils” and should be allowed to expand to take in more children, according to the Church’s head of education. Anglican schools take as many pupils from poor backgrounds and ethnic minorities as the average school in England and Wales, new figures show.
New legislation which will deliberately sever the natural ties between children and their biological parents is being proposed by Justice Minister Alan Shatter. It will also permit the creation of deliberately ‘motherless’ or ‘fatherless’ children, that is children who will not have the care of either a mother or a father as the case may be.
Sixty children either known to or in the care of the HSE died between 2010 and 2012, an independent review has revealed. An examination of how the cases were handled by social services suggested that there had been poor co-operation between State agencies and sub-standard assessments of vulnerable children’s needs, the Irish Times reports.
A growing number of middle-aged women in Ireland are facing the stresses of caring for both their children and their own parents at the same time, a new study suggests. A report from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) shows that one third of women aged 50-69 in Ireland today are in the ‘sandwich generation’ who still have dependent children and whose elderly parents are still alive.
Three Irish women who have lodged a complaint against Ireland to the UN on the grounds that they were unable to abort their fatally handicapped babies in Ireland are being helped by one of America’s leading pro-abortion groups, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR).
The Catholic Church in England and Wales is considering stopping its involvement in civil marriage in the wake of the legalisation of same-sex marriage earlier this year. At their bi-annual plenary meeting in Hinsley Hall, Leeds this week the bishops discussed adjustments the Church will have to make in response to the new legislation, the Tablet reports.
Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders in Belgium have jointly denounced the planned extension of the current euthanasia law to cover children and mentally ill people.
Three leading Catholic educationalists have attacked a Department of Education consultation process that invites parents to consider controversial recommendations aimed at making denominational schools more ‘inclusive’. The recommendations include making prayers more ‘inclusive’ and preventing the ethos of denominational schools from permeating the school day.
People who “do God, do good” more often than not, according to a minister in the UK's Coalition Government. Baroness Warsi (pictured), the Minister for Faith, said that David Cameron's administration was one of the “most pro-faith governments in the West”
Only 21pc of Irish adults aged 30-39 trust the Church or other religious organisations, but this is still nearly twice the 12pc who trust the Government, a new survey shows. Interestingly, while 18pc of those living in Dublin trust the Government, only 9pc of those outside Dublin do.
The Gardaí who seized two Roma children from their parents on suspicion that they had been kidnapped “acted in good faith”, Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said. He was speaking after a HSE report into the issue blamed the Gardaí for not consulting properly with social workers in one of the cases, the Irish Independent reports.
A bill currently before the House of Lords proposing the legalisation of assisted suicide would be a “blank cheque” with regard to safeguards, according to three leading legal authorities. The proposals, put forward by Lord Falconer, a former mentor of Tony Blair, have been criticised by Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former head of the High Court Family Division, Lord Carlile QC and Lord Brennan QC
The provincial government of the Canadian province of Quebec tabled its controversial secular values charter, Bill 60, on Thursday. The bill would force government employees to remove conspicuous religious symbols such as headscarves, yarmulkes, turbans, and larger-than-average crucifixes if they want to keep their jobs.
A lesbian woman who donated an egg to her partner has been granted parental rights to her genetic child by the Florida Supreme Court. She was not granted the rights by virtue of being the natural mother but simply because she intended to be the mother.
The importance society places “on the role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children” is at the heart of the debate over same-sex marriage, the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Dr Denis Nulty (pictured), has said. He said that the debate was “not about equality or about the false separation of a religious view of marriage from the civil view of marriage”.
Lone parents are more vulnerable to stress and therefore marginally less responsive to cues from their infants, according to the latest report from the Growing Up in Ireland study. However, the report added that “the strength of the relationship (between being a single parent and experiencing stress) was relatively small”.
The Cabinet has agreed to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage sometime in the lifetime of the Government. The move comes in the wake of the decision by the Constitutional Convention in April to recommend that the Constitution be amended to allow for same-sex marriage.
Abortions may have been mistakenly performed on hundreds of healthy babies after an NHS hospital was found to be following “outdated guidelines”. The problem came to light after mum-to-be Emily Wheatley went to the University Hospital of Wales (UHW), in Cardiff, for an ultrasound scan and told her baby was dead and she would need a 'uterine evacuation'.
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