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Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks after… Read more »

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Northern Ireland Government proposes opt-out organ donation

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has proposed introducing an opt-out system for organ donation, where a person is presumed to have consented to donate their organs after death unless they have specifically opted out. Northern Ireland Humanists has welcomed the move, and has called on the public to support the plans. Moving to an… Read more »

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Kirkbride may try to run after all
Kirkbride ‘rescinds her resignation’

By politics.co.uk staff A Tory MP who was forced to resign from parliament in the wake of the expenses scandal has gone back on her decision, it has been reported. Julie Kirkbride, who followed her husband in declaring she would not stand at the next general election, was hounded by the press for her expenses… Read more »

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Cameron is expected to back the devolution idea this afternoon
Tories to back Welsh law-making powers referendum

By Hollie Slade David Cameron is expected to announce this afternoon that he backs plans for a referendum on giving the Welsh Assembly jurisdiction on law-making powers. Welsh Labour are split on the issue and expected to assemble for a crisis meeting to decide policy today. Cameron’s move goes against Welsh secretary Peter Hain’s assertions… Read more »