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Northern Ireland’s ‘pioneering’ anti-slavery legislation praised

2nd Oct 2019
James Mildred

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act in Northern Ireland was praised by MPs during a debate in the House of Commons on Monday night.

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MPs call for urgent reform of NI's outdated gambling laws

1st Oct 2019
James Mildred

On Monday night MPs debated a recent report from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland into problem gambling across NI.

Concerning new abortion guidelines show little care for women

26th Sep 2019
Naomi Marsden

New guidelines on termination of pregnancy, released today by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), make concerning recommendations which potentially rush women through the abortion process. 

Hundreds of healthcare workers oppose NI abortion law changes

26th Sep 2019
James Mildred

Hundreds of doctors, nurses and midwives have written to the NI Secretary, Julian Smith MP, expressing strong opposition to the plans to make extreme changes to NI’s abortion laws.

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Children as young as seven are watching porn, study finds

26th Sep 2019
James Mildred

Children as young as seven years old are watching pornography online, according to research by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). In the largest study of its kind ever done, the BBFC surveyed 2,284 people.

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Biased report on NI’s sex-buying ban lacks credibility

18th Sep 2019
Mark Baillie

The Department of Justice in Northern Ireland has published a report required under the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act 2015 into the operation of the newly introduced offence of paying for sexual services.

Pro-euthanasia group slammed for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘misleading’ video

16th Sep 2019
James Mildred

A pro-assisted suicide campaign group have been called out over a recent campaign video which has been branded ‘irresponsible’ and ‘misleading’ by the UK’s leading end-of-life care charity.  

Extreme abortion change in NI could leave health workers exposed

16th Sep 2019
James Mildred

Healthcare workers who conscientiously object to carrying out abortion procedures could be ‘exposed’ if the current law on abortion in NI is changed, a former midwife has warned.

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In Canada another assisted suicide safeguard could soon vanish

13th Sep 2019
James Mildred

One of the arguments those of us opposed to the legalisation of assisted suicide have often utilised is the danger of incremental expansion. This line of reasoning is more commonly known as the ‘slippery slope’ argument. It is very simple.

Northern Ireland has an “extraordinary” rate of problem gambling says Northern Ireland Office

12th Sep 2019
Mark Baillie

Real people suffering from gambling addiction today in NI are being let down with major damage being done to families and communities by the failure to reform the law and improve the level of support. We can and must do better. This is yet another reason why we need the Northern Ireland Executive to return.