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Letter to the Editor: Response to the Last Editorial

Letter to the Editor Response to Last Edition’s Editorial Dear Editor, Thank you very much for your Christian charity and spirited editorial, Friday 8th October 2021, ( E.C. No.8090).  Also thanks are due to you for reprinting so much excellent reformed evangelical...

Letter to the Editor: The Murder of Sir David Amess

Murder of Sir David Amess Dear Editor, I grieve at the loss of a friend and former Party colleague Sir David Amess, MP who was murdered in an increasingly dangerous world. In the 70s I worked with David in the Young Conservatives before he became an MP and he was...

Reformation Sunday Advert

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Leicester Diocese Illogical

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Barnabas Fund Reports: Turkey Escalates Airstrikes Against Christians in Syria & Iraq

Barnabas Fund Reports Turkey Escalating Airstrikes Against Christians and other Minorities in Syria and Iraq Turkey has escalated a supposedly anti-terrorist military campaign in Syria and Iraq which appears to be targeting Christians and other minorities. A spate of...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gospel-Driven Anglicanism Part 4

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466th Anniversary of the Martyrdoms of Latimer & Ridley

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Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture: John Yates III to Speak

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Book Review: Bleeding for Jesus

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School Pupils Across the Country Memorise Passages from BCP for £1,000 Prize

School Pupils Across the Country  Memorise Book of Common Prayer Passages  £1,000 Prize for Winner By Tim Stanley Hundreds of school pupils across the country are busy this term studying prayers and readings from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in a bid to win a prize...

San Marino Voted to Legalise Abortion

The BBC Reports San Marino Has Voted to Legalise Abortion

With all referendum polls counted, around 77% of voters backed the decision, while nearly 23% said no.

With the results in, Interior Minister Elena Tonnini has called on parliament to translate the result into law.

The move would overturn a law dating back to 1865, which has made San Marino one of the last places in Europe where abortion is completely banned.

Turnout for the referendum was 41% in the landlocked enclave, which is surrounded by Italy.

The motion passed by voters would allow women to voluntarily terminate their pregnancy within 12 weeks of gestation. After the 12-week mark, abortion would only be allowed if the mother’s health was at risk, or if foetal abnormalities could cause physical or psychological harm.

Under current rules, women can be jailed for up to three years. For the doctor carrying out the procedure, this can be up to six years.

Nobody has ever been convicted. Usually women who choose to have an abortion travel to Italy, where it has been legal since 1978.  But this does not always guarantee access. In Italy, doctors have the right to refuse to carry out abortions.

More than 35,000 people, a third of them living abroad, were eligible to vote in this latest referendum initiated by the San Marino Women’s Union (UDS).

Traditionally the country, with its strong Catholic heritage, has been socially conservative.

Opposition to decriminalising abortion has been led by the Sammarinese Christian Democratic Party, which has strong ties to the Catholic Church and has governed the country for nearly 20 years.

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