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UK Tries to Redefine Who Can Be Pregnant

After reviewing the U.N.’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a document written in the 1960s, U.K’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) wants to change the term “pregnant women” to “pregnant people” to avoid offending “transgenders” who have given birth.

But that request brought outrage from a British feminist. Quoted on The Christian Institute website, Sarah Ditum noted: “This isn’t inclusion. This is making women unmentionable. Having a female body and knowing what that means for reproduction doesn’t make you ‘exclusionary.’”

Despite the protest, FCO stood by its desire for the change, saying, “We strongly support the right to life of pregnant women, and we have requested that the Human Rights Committee does not exclude pregnant transgender people from that right.”

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UK Experiments on Living Human Embryos Spark Concern

Scientists from the Francis Crick Institute in England started experimenting last month on 7-day-old living human embryos donated from in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to edit out gene OCT4 that handles development of the baby. The only problem is these experiments kill these embryonic babies.

“What lies at the heart of this debate is our view of the human embryo,” said Gov. Sam Brownback, the Ambassador At Large for International Religious Freedom. “The central question in this debate is simple: Is the human embryo a person or a piece of property?” Members of the pro-life community, who intrinsically understand life begins at conception, are not the only ones concerned with this latest technological advancement.

Jennifer Doudna, who pioneered the CRISPR gene-editing tool used by the Francis Crick researchers, is also concerned where her invention is leading morally: “I have to admit that I feel personally uncomfortable with the idea that there could eventually be factories pumping out lots of human embryos for the purposes of experimentation. I can’t put my finger on why, but it feels like it cheapens something about human life.”

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UK Freezes Sperm and Eggs of Future ‘Transgender’ Teens

U.K.’s National Health Services (NHS) is freezing the sperm of males as young as 12 and preserving the eggs of girls as young as 16 who plan to transition to the other sex through surgery and drugs so that these children can have their own biological children later.

These fertility procedures are costing hundreds of thousands of pounds and are not welcome by everyone, including one Anglican bishop, Michael Nazir-Ali. “The NHS is about treating people who are ill—that’s what we pay our taxes for,” says the bishop. “It is not to aid people’s various wishes about what they want to do with their bodies or their futures.”

Why is the NHS involved in fertility? The Telegraph reported in July that the number of British minors being referred to gender identity clinics is significantly on the rise, including children as young as 3 years old.

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UK Pastors Win Victory Over ‘Hate Crime’ Accusation

British Christian evangelists Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were convicted and fined in February for “hate speech” against Muslims and homosexuals for reading from the King James Bible and preaching to a crowd of about 100 people that Jesus was the only way to God.

Now, thanks to a judge at the Bristol Crown Court, the two pastors have won their appeal. “At a time where Christians are becoming increasingly fearful about expressing their beliefs in the public space, this is a welcome and needed result,” said Andrea Williams from the Christian Legal Center, which has been supporting the preachers.

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British Parents Not Allowed to Intervene to Save Ill Child

UK parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates have a hospitalized 10-month-old who was diagnosed at only eight weeks with a rare genetic condition that causes brain damage. They were hoping to send little Charlie to America for experimental treatment and have raised almost £1.4 million ($1.8 million) to do so through a GoFundMe account.

But the British Supreme Court and now the European Court of Human Rights ruled that baby Charlie was probably suffering pain and should have his life support removed. This week a plea from the parents to intervene in the case was denied.

It’s scary that neither the love of parents nor money for life-saving treatments can rescue a child from a messed-up legal system that literally gives a death sentence!

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