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British doctors’ union drops opposition to assisted suicide

The British Medical Association, the trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom, is no longer officially opposed to the... Read more

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (left) at the 2012 London Paralympic Games

Former Archbishop of Canterbury opposes proposed UK assisted suicide law

A prominent Anglican archbishop has added his voice to those of several Catholic bishops in England and Wales opposing the... Read more

Alta Fixsler

Alta Fixsler: Family friend says U.K. hospital can remove toddler’s life support ‘any time’

The Fixsler family is fighting to keep their 2-year-old daughter, Alta, on life support in the U.K. But the Hasidic... Read more

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

European court rejects parents’ appeal against removal of 2-year-old’s life-support treatment

The family’s lawyer said the parents were ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision. Read more

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury

Legal assisted suicide bill would mean killing, not caring, UK bishop warns

A true culture of caring protects the sick, the vulnerable, and the elderly, said one English Catholic bishop in response... Read more

As UK lawmakers revisit assisted suicide, palliative care prof says ‘aid in dying’ advocacy misleads

A peer in the House of Lords has put forward a proposal to revisit the legalization of assisted suicide in... Read more

Máire Lea-Wilson with her son, Aidan.

Meet the mother challenging the UK’s Down syndrome abortion law

Máire Lea-Wilson will take part in a landmark High Court case in July. Read more

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice, which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

Court to hear challenge to UK’s Down syndrome abortion law in July

Heidi Crowter, a woman with Down syndrome, and Máire Lea-Wilson, a mother whose 23-month-old son has the genetic condition, are... Read more

Baby Feet. Credit: Morgan via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

UK pro-lifers urge authorities to end ‘cruel experiment’ of at-home medical abortions

Pro-lifers in the U.K. are urging authorities to end temporary permission for at-home medical abortions, describing measures introduced at the... Read more

Catholic doctor calls for independent inquiry into DNR notices for COVID-19 patients with learning disabilities

A Catholic doctor called on Sunday for an independent inquiry into reports that COVID-19 patients with learning disabilities have been... Read more

Scottish MP calls for end to UK two-child tax credit limit

A Scottish member of Parliament is calling on the UK government to end a two-child limit on tax credits and... Read more

Report: Two-child limit on UK tax benefits pushes some women to abortion

Nine months after UK Catholic leaders called for the abolition of a two-child limit on tax credits and other benefits... Read more

London Metropolitan Police officers.

UK police halt baptism in London church over coronavirus restrictions

Police halted a baptism in a Baptist church in London on Sunday, citing the country’s coronavirus restrictions that include bans... Read more

U.K. health secretary Matt Hancock.

UK health secretary: traveling abroad for assisted suicide permitted under lockdown

U.K. health secretary Matt Hancock said Thursday that people traveling abroad for assisted suicide would not be breaking strict new... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, center, meets charity workers and volunteers helping refugees in Dover, England, Sept. 15, 2020.

Catholic bishop laments deaths of children after migrant boat sinks in English Channel

A Catholic bishop expressed sorrow Wednesday after a migrant boat sank in the English Channel, killing four members of a... Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

UK court to review Down Syndrome abortion law

The High Court of England and Wales has agreed to hear a challenge to the country’s abortion law, which allows... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Catholic bishop: UK and France must tackle ‘underlying reasons’ for rise in English Channel migrant crossings

A Catholic bishop has urged the U.K. and France to address the “underlying reasons” for a rise in migrants risking... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

UK Catholic bishops: visa rules are causing supply priest shortage

U.K. visa rules are leaving parishes without supply priests, Catholic bishops said Tuesday.  Read more