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July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-lifers in Britain have been dealt a double blow, with the imminent passage of "living wills" legislation, and a parliamentary committee's support for another bill that advocates assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia.The Mental Capacity Bill, one of the last pieces of legislation to be considered before parliament dissolves Monday in preparation for a general election, will allow people to make a "living will" stipulating what medical treatment, if any, they would want if they became incapacitated.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A terminally-ill British man who last year successfully petitioned a court to ensure he would not be denied food and water once he becomes incapacitated, now faces the possibility of losing the hard-won right to be fed.Former mailman Leslie Burke, 45, has a progressive degenerative disease that eventually will affect his body - robbing him of the ability to swallow and communicate - but not his mind.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A British lawmaker says reading excerpts from the Koran that advocate harsh treatment for Christians, Jews and unbelievers would violate a religious hatred bill currently before parliament. "If this bill makes any sense at all, it must mean banning the reading, in public or private, of a great many passages of the Koran itself," Conservative MP Boris Johnson said.And that, he added, was "absurd and paradoxical, given that the measure is intended to be a protection against Islamophobia."
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Britain's Labor government Tuesday survived its first serious internal rebellion since last month's election when it narrowly won a vote on controversial identity-card legislation.The Identity Cards Bill, similar to legislation that stalled in the last parliament, would introduce an ID card system that has drawn scathing opposition from civil libertarians and ethnic minority groups.The Labor government's House of Commons majority of 67 - down from 161 in the last parliament - was reduced in Tuesday's vote to just 31.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In an unusual shift for Britain, abortion is emerging as an issue in the run-up to a general election expected in May, with the country's two largest Christian denominations wading into the debate.Attempts by Prime Minister Tony Blair to sideline abortion as an issue were dealt a blow at the weekend when the head of the Church of England and titular head of the world's 70 million Anglicans spoke out about a "groundswell of distaste" about the country's abortion laws.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One of Europe's largest pro-life organizations is warning that British lawmakers may soon pass legislation that would enshrine "Schiavo-like killings" in law.Terri Schiavo died in a Florida hospice Thursday, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed at her husband's insistence.The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) sent its condolences to the Schiavo family, and reiterated concerns that parliament in Britain was on the brink of legalizing "euthanasia by neglect."
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As British Prime Minister Tony Blair prepares to meet his newly re-elected counterpart in Washington Thursday, he is coming under increasing domestic pressure to persuade President Bush to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.Political opponents, environmental campaigners and even (reportedly) Queen Elizabeth II have weighed in on the matter.Blair recently said that Britain would use its presidencies of the G8 group of industrialized nations and the European Union next year to move forward international action on climate change.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - French President Jacques Chirac will begin a state visit to Britain Thursday having made it clear that he thinks Prime Minister Tony Blair has not benefited from his firm support for President Bush in Iraq.Chirac, an outspoken critic of the war, also effectively ignored an appeal by Blair earlier in the week for Europeans to deal with the United States more prudently.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An appeal court has denied a terminally ill British man the assurance that his wish not to be starved to death once he becomes incapacitated will be respected to the end.Former mailman Leslie Burke, 45, has a progressively degenerative disease that although leaving him fully conscious, will eventually rob him of the ability to swallow and communicate.He petitioned the High Court last year to ensure that he would not be denied food and water once he was no longer able to articulate his wishes.