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Assisted dying campaigner Noel Conway refused Supreme Court hearing

Assisted dying campaigner Noel Conway, who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and has been pushing for a change in the law to allow assisted dying in the UK, has today been refused permission to take his case to the Supreme Court. Noel, a 67-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury and a member of Humanists UK, suffers […]

Politicians and campaigners continue fight for legal abortion in Northern Ireland following success at Supreme Court

Following yesterday’s judgment by the Supreme Court, politicians in both the House of Commons and the Lords called on the UK Government to change the law to allow safe and legal access to abortion in Northern Ireland. And pro-choice campaigner Sarah Ewart, who had a fatal foetal abnormality, lodged a fresh legal challenge in the […]

Supreme Court: Northern Ireland abortion law is in breach of human rights: it is ‘untenable’, ‘disproportionate’, and needs ‘radical reconsideration’

The Supreme Court has today concluded that Northern Ireland’s laws that ban abortion in almost all circumstances are incompatible with UK human rights law. Humanists UK, the First Intervener in the case, has welcomed the decision, and called on the UK Government to act as a matter of urgency to amend the law and protect […]

Hearing concludes in Northern Ireland abortion Supreme Court case

The hearing has concluded in the case before the Supreme Court concerning access to abortion services for women in Northern Ireland. The case, brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) against the Northern Ireland Government, focuses on whether abortion should be legal in the cases of (i) women with pregnancies where the foetus […]

Humanists UK intervenes in Northern Ireland abortion Supreme Court case

Today, just three days before the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act 1967, hearing will commence in a Supreme Court case seeking to bring legal abortions to women in Northern Ireland in some of the gravest of circumstances. Humanists UK, which is intervening in the case, is due to have its oral submissions heard by […]

Supreme Court grants Humanists UK permission to intervene in Northern Ireland abortion case

The Supreme Court has granted permission to Humanists UK to intervene in a case due to be heard before it later this month on the abortion regime in Northern Ireland. The case, which has been brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, is arguing that abortion should be legal in the cases of (i) […]

Supreme Court dismisses case challenging lack of free abortions for Northern Irish women on NHS

By a majority of 3-2 the Supreme Court has today dismissed the appeals of A and B, who challenged the legality of the Secretary of State for Health’s failure to provide abortion services to women from Northern Ireland free on the NHS in England. Humanists UK intervened in the appeal in support of the appellants, […]

Assisted dying appeals supported by the BHA dismissed by Supreme Court, Parliament urged to review law

A majority of judges in the Supreme Court has today dismissed the appeals of Jane Nicklinson, widow of Tony Nicklinson, and Paul Lamb. The appeals were seeking a ruling by the Court that current English law, which prevents assisted dying for the terminally ill or incurably suffering, is incompatible with the right to dignity and […]

Final day of assisted dying cases in Supreme Court: BHA presents evidence supporting Jane Nicklinson and Paul Lamb

Today is the fourth and final day of the assisted dying cases of Jane Nicklinson and Paul Lamb in the Supreme Court. The British Humanist Association (BHA) presented its evidence in support of the appellants seeking a declaration that the current law is incompatible with their human rights under Article 8 of the European Convention […]

BHA supports right to die cases before Supreme Court

The legal cases of Jane Nicklinson and Paul Lamb, who wish to establish the right to an assisted death, will be heard at the Supreme Court this week. Jane Nicklinson is continuing the legal case of her late husband Tony Nicklinson, the right-to-die campaigner who was paralysed after a catastrophic stroke in 2005, and who […]

Christian B&B owners lose Supreme Court appeal

The Christian owners of a Bed and Breakfast in Cornwall who refused to allow a gay couple to stay on their premises have lost their appeal at the Supreme Court.  In September 2008, Peter and Hazelmary Bull refused to let civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy stay in a double bedroom at their B&B, […]

Supreme Court hears Christian guesthouse discrimination case

The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case of Christian guesthouse owners who discriminated against a gay couple.  Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who run the Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion, Cornwall, were previously ordered to pay damages to civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, after refusing to let them stay in a double room on […]

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