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Life in the United Kingdom

By Matthew Yglesias on February 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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Abortion advice:

The draft guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is for all doctors, nurses and counsellors advising women contemplating terminations.

Its first recommendation on “what women need to know” instructs health professionals: “Women should be advised that abortion is generally safer than continuing a pregnancy to term.”

Meanwhile, on adoption and gay rights:

A British court has ruled that a Christian couple cannot care for foster children because they disapprove of homosexuality. Judges at London’s Royal Courts of Justice ruled that laws protecting gays from discrimination take precedence over the couple’s religious beliefs. Eunice and Owen Johns, aged 62 and 65-years old, had previously fostered children in the 1990s, but what one social worker described as their “strong views” on homosexuality raised red flags with authorities in the English city of Derby when they were interviewed in 2007.

The latter story seems to me like it may be overreach, but on the former story there’s no question that the new advice is accurate. And yet never in a million years will we be moving to hand it out.

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