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04/21/2015
Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has announced his plans to reform abortion laws in the region for the first time in seventy years. Minister David Ford has proposed that abortion be available in the event of a foetus suffering from a fatal abnormality meaning that they could not survive outside the womb. The proposal marks a significant moment for abortion law reform in the region, which is the only part of the UK where the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply. The politician, who leads the cross community Alliance Party, opened a public consultation in January calling for members...
04/17/2015
  By Radhika Sanghani 1:39PM BST 17 Apr 2015 Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is reportedly engaged in a legal battle with her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb over their embryos. Yep, you heard me correctly. Back in 2013, the couple underwent IVF, which resulted in fertilised eggs created from Loeb’s sperm and Vergara’s eggs. The couple then split up and the two embryos were preserved at a fertility centre, according to In Touch Weekly. The publication has seen state court documents that show Loeb has now filed suit against Vergara....
04/13/2015
Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation Monday making Oklahoma the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. The measure prohibits doctors from using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Such instruments are used in dilation and evacuation procedures performed in the second trimester. The bill would ban the procedure except when necessary to save a woman’s life. Critics of the bill say the procedure is often the safest to terminate pregnancies during the second...
03/20/2015
A federal judge on Friday struck down a Wisconsin law requiring doctors performing abortions to get hospital admitting privileges, ruling that any benefits to women’s health from the requirement were “substantially outweighed” by the harm done by restricting access to abortion. Judge William M. Conley of Federal District Court, who had earlier put the law on hold ruled that the 2013 law was unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction blocking its enforcement. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services had sued the state, arguing t that it would amount to restricting access to...
03/17/2015
France passed legislation on Tuesday giving doctors new powers to place terminally-ill patients in a “deep sleep” until they die, sparking controversy over whether euthanasia should be fully legalised. Eight out of 10 French people are in favour of allowing euthanasia and almost all – 96 per cent – back the “deep sleep” law, polls show. It will apply to patients who are conscious but in “unbearable” pain, whose treatment is not working or who decide to stop taking medication. France legalised “passive euthanasia” in 2005, where treatment, needed to maintain life is withheld or...
03/11/2015
by Souhail Karam and Caroline Alexander (Bloomberg) -- Morocco’s Islamist-led government has asked a panel of clerics, doctors and legislators to look into relaxing a five-decade-old abortion law that activists say is pushing more and more women into back-street terminations. The health ministry will convene a first meeting on Wednesday to discuss changes to the law. Under consideration will be allowing procedures within six weeks in cases of rape and incest, and before the end of the fourth month if birth defects or genetic diseases are found. At the moment, abortion is...
03/10/2015
WARSAW, March 10 (Reuters) - Poland's government approved a draft bill to regulate in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment on Tuesday, in a move aimed at attracting voters ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. IVF has been performed in Poland for the last 25 years, but traditionally Roman Catholic Poland has so far not passed legislation regulating the treatment, remaining the only European Union member not to have done so. The Roman Catholic Church opposes in-vitro fertilisation, saying it divorces marital sex from procreation and could result in the...
03/08/2015
The Canadian Press   Quebec is slowly but surely moving toward officially recognizing contracts drawn up between surrogate mothers and couples looking to conceive. If it happens, it could mean the dawning of a small revolution in family law in the province. Born to surrogate, child has no legal mother, Quebec judge rules Quebec to reimburse gay men for surrogacy costs Paid surrogacy driven underground in Canada: CBC report Greg and Elaine Smith issued birth certificates for surrogate-born twins Currently, contracts drawn up between couples and surrogates have no...
02/26/2015
  Amnesty calls for reform of ‘draconian’ NI abortion law Legislation in North breaches Britain’s ‘international human rights obligations’ Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Ms Purvis said the Northern Assembly “forces” any woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and wants an abortion, to continue with that pregnancy against her will. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire. Gerry Moriarty   First published:Thu, Feb 26, 2015, 11:17   Abortion law in Northern Ireland is draconian and in need of...
02/25/2015
By Scott Macnab     More than 10,000 people have now signed a petition opposing proposals to introduce state assisted suicide in Scotland. The Care Not Killing (CNK) umbrella group which is spearheading the campaign against the controversial legislation says opposition is “growing every day.” The change will allow Scots who are dying and find their quality of life “unacceptable” to request a lethal cocktail of drugs from a pharmacist to end their own lives. CNK has called on their supporters to make their views known to their MSPs who will vote on the Assisted...

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