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  • Pro-life sentencing

    Christian Concern

    Bernadette Smyth, who leads the pro-life group Precious Life, was convicted in December of harassing Ms Dawn Purvis, the manager of a Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast.

    She has been ordered to complete 100 hours community service, play £2000 of compensation to Purvis and not to go nearer than 20 yards of the abortion clinic for the next five years.

  • Polygamy problem

    The Christian Institute

    Large numbers of Muslim women are in polygamous relationships that deny them basic legal rights, according to a report of 12 December.

    The study of 50 women, by a Muslim women’s rights group, showed that many are being trapped in religiously sanctioned ‘marriages’ and are often unaware that these unions are not recognised by British law. Only one in ten of the marriages described were legal under UK law.