Key Quotes - The Law

Key Quotes - The Law

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Last update: Monday 18th December
 
Vulnerable people will continue to be protected as a result of a High Court ruling on assisted suicide, campaigners say. The comments follow yesterday’s ruling against a change in the law, in which judges said human rights law did not extend to assisted suicide.
The LawThe Christian Institute - 6th October 2017
 
Irish voters would reject any move to legalise abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks, an opinion poll has found. As the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and his minority Fine Gael government prepare to frame an abortion reform referendum scheduled for next year, it has emerged that only 24% of voters are in favour of legalising terminations in nearly all cases.
The LawThe Guardian - 6th October 2017
 
Wales’ First Minister has promised to push ahead with a ban on parental smacking. Carwyn Jones says it is a priority for the Assembly term. But removing the ‘reasonable chastisement’ defence will criminalise loving mothers and fathers, and will overwhelm the police and the social services with trivial reports so that real cases of child abuse are missed.
The LawThe Christian Institute - Annual Review 2017
 
The Government has committed to making it easier for transsexual people to legally change sex, as part of a review of the Gender Recognition Act. A spokesman said that Ministers want to ‘streamline and de-medicalise’ the process for “changing a person’s legal gender”.
The LawThe Christian Institute - 7th April 2017
 
At the end of February, a judge stated that quoting the words of the Bible should be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter. This came about during the trial of two street preachers – Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell – who were convicted of a public order offense in Bristol.
The LawEvangelicals Now – April 2017
 
Legislation to ‘criminalise emotional abuse’ of children is set to be introduced in Scotland, despite concerns about a previous attempt to bring in a similar law in England and Wales, it was reported early March. Such a law could see parents criminalised for raising their children according to their religious beliefs.
The LawEvangelicals Now – April 2017
 
A Bill introduced by a severely disabled Peer to end disability-selective abortion received near-unanimous support from Peers as it reached Committee Stage in late January. If Lord Shinkwin’s Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill amendment Is successful it will remove section 1 (1)(d) from the 1967 Abortion Act, which allows for abortion on the grounds of disability up-to-birth. The net effect would be that the 24-week time limit would apply to all babies regardless of disability.
The LawEvangelicals Now – March 2017
 
A bill to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales passed its first reading in the House of Commons this week. Labour MP Diana Johnson's Ten Minute Rule Bill, which is being backed by abortion giant BPAS, would effectively remove all legal restrictions on abortion. MPs voted 172 to 142 in favour of the radical proposal.
The LawChristian Concern - 17th March 2017
 
This week, a report from the Both Lives Matter movement, of which CARE is a founding member, was published providing a cautious estimate that 100,000 people are alive in the Province today due to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.
The LawCARE Impact Direct - 20th January 2017
 
Proposals for a law which would criminalise parents for smacking their children have come in for fresh criticism from family advocates. They were speaking as UK Government ministers added an unannounced amendment to the Wales Bill, stating that the Welsh Assembly has the right to legislate on parental discipline.
The LawThe Christian Institute - 6th January 2016
 
The Council of Europe has rejected proposals to legalise surrogacy in all member states. The assembly rejected the draft recommendation and the report 'Children’s rights related to surrogacy' by 88 votes to 77.
The LawChristian Concern - 14th October 2016
 
A bill which would have allowed for abortions in situations where a child would not live outside the womb was defeated on 7 July in the parliament of the Irish Republic. The Bill would have allowed two suitably qualified medical professionals (an obstetrician and a perinatologist) to jointly certify in good faith that the foetus in question is suffering from a fatal foetal abnormality.
The LawEvangelicals Now - August 2016
 
Nigeria’s National Assembly is considering a change to the country’s Constitution that would expand the scope of jurisdiction of the country’s Islamic Shari’a Courts of Appeal, it was reported in early June. Currently, the Constitution limits those appellate courts to matters concerning family law. If approved, the change would permit Shari’a appellate courts to take up criminal cases, some of which carry the death penalty, arising from lower Shari’a courts. Christian churches in Nigeria say the proposal is a step toward Islamising Nigeria.
The LawEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
On the last day of Malaysia’s latest session of Parliament in late May, a member of the ruling coalition, UMNO (United Malays National Organisation), had a Bill amendment approved which aims to tighten the implementation of Shari’a law. Critics claim that it intends to bring in hudud punishments, such as lashes for adultery and hand amputations for theft.
The LawEvangelicals Now – July 2016
 
A High Court judge has ruled that the word ‘unborn’ in Ireland’s constitution means an “unborn child”, with the right to life as well as rights extending beyond the right to life, which must be “taken seriously” by the State. These rights, he said, are “effective” rather than merely “prospective”. Niamh Ui Bhriain of the Life Institute said that this is an “important ruling” which reminds us that “we are a human being from conception”.
The LawChristian Concern - 12th August 2016
 
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