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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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Bill paves way for hybrid embryos
Brown concedes free vote on part of embryo bill

Gordon Brown has promised Labour MPs a free vote on the most contentious parts of the controversial embryo bill. The prime minister has said MPs will be given a free vote against the specific use of hybrid embryos, so-called ‘saviour siblings’ and IVF reform when the bill first enters the Commons. He explained these are… Read more »

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Cardinal Murphy O'Connor adds to pressure on Gordon Brown to offer free vote on embryo bill
Cardinal adds to pressure for free vote over embryo bill

The head of the Catholic church in England and Wales has added to pressure on Gordon Brown to offer MPs a free vote on the government’s controversial embryo bill. The new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will allow scientists to cross breed human and animal embryos in stem-cell experiments which could lead to new insights… Read more »