Prayer fuel: News in the UK

Prayer FuelHere are a handful of news-bites from around the UK included in the April issue of EN. May these spur us on to pray for our country and issues we all are facing.

Assisted dying
Following a consultation of its members, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) will remain opposed to proposed changes to the law on assisted suicide, it was reported in February.
77% of the respondents to the consultation were opposed on account of the effects on the vulnerable, the problems implementing changes without coercion to die being possible and the ‘slippery slope’ nature of the proposals leading to no-consent deaths occurring.
Right to Life Charitable Trust

Wales: smacking stays
On February 11 the Welsh Assembly rejected an amendment to criminalise parents smacking their child.
Assembly members voted 39 to 14, with one Assembly member abstaining. However, Deputy Minister Gwenda Thomas said: ‘There will be an opportunity to examine these issues in forthcoming legislation in this Assembly term’. The issue of criminalising smacking is likely to return to the Welsh Assembly before the 2016 election.
The Christian Institute

Sunday football
Northern Ireland’s national football team will be forced to play an international match at home on a Sunday for the first time, for a Euro 2016 qualifier, it was reported at the end of February.
The news has received widespread criticism, with some urging the Irish Football Association to challenge the decision. Previously, countries have decided their own fixture schedules, but not since an electronic selection process was introduced.
The Christian Institute

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