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Rally planned as Parliament to debate compassionate assisted dying law

On 22 October, for the first time in years, the UK Parliament will debate legislation to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill. Humanists UK, which campaigns for a right to die for those with terminal or incurable illnesses, fully supports the Assisted Dying Bill as a landmark step towards much-needed reform. It will be… Read more »

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Chris Packham’s Wild Justice group dismissed in the High Court again

Leading rural organisations have reacted positively to the High Court’s dismissal of Wild Justice’s ‘speculative’ attempt to judicial review Defra’s most recent burning legislation in England. The attempted judicial review had sought to disrupt the Heather and Grass Burning (England) Regulations 2021 that bans heather burning on our most protected sites with peat of more… Read more »

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Warning over UK's 'organ tourists'
Warning over UK’s ‘organ tourists’

Britons travelling abroad for organ transplants may be receiving organs from donors who have not given their consent, the chief executive of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has warned. The call comes as a group of experts say organ trafficking and transplant tourism have become “global problems”. “In the UK, there are people who have… Read more »

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Abortion numbers rose in 2007
Under-14 abortions increase 21%

The government has insisted it is making progress on abortion after 2007 figures show the number of under-14s having abortions jumped by 21 per cent. Department of Health statistics reveal 163 girls under 14 had abortions in 2007, up from the 135 cases seen the previous year. The number of abortions among 14-year-olds rose above… Read more »