Press Roundup Friday 31 July 2009

By Press Office
July 31, 2009

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Life & Death

'Right to die' campaigner Debbie Purdy wins House of Lords ruling
Families who help terminally ill relatives to end their lives will be free from the risk of prosecution after a landmark ruling yesterday.

Comment: How can the private dilemma of euthanasia be the State’s business?
I am 48, a mother of three boys aged 20, 9 and 6, and discovered seven months ago that I have primary progressive multiple sclerosis. I have an older sister who, 12 years ago, had the relapsing-remitting version of the disease diagnosed.

Comment: A right to die – and a right to clarity in the law
People are being freed from a legal limbo where they do not know if they will be prosecuted for assisting someone to die.

Comment: Leading article: Assisted suicide calls for the wise exercise of discretion
Debbie Purdy won a victory for clarity, but dilemmas remain.

Comment: Life and death
The law lords’ ruling on assisted suicide makes the need for a new law imperative. The Government cannot duck an issue of increasing public concern.

Religion & Society

Comment: Anglicanism's one-track mind
The Anglican church is once again mired in a debate about sexuality. Why does it remain such an obsession?

Comment: Assisted suicide: a useful muddle
The lack of clarity we've become used to is the right way to deal with the finely balanced issue of assisted suicide.

Comment: The archbishop's response falls short
The archbishop of Canterbury's response to the Episcopalians shows little of the flexibilty on which the communion is based.

Economy & Politics

Last Communist regime in mainland Europe falls in Moldova poll
Europe's last Communist government fell yesterday after defeat in Moldova's general election.

Comment: It's time for the next Great Reform Act
We need to restore the health of our democracy by delivering fair voting to those dispossessed by a rotten system.

Education & Culture

Number of four-year-olds excluded from school doubles in a year
The number of primary school pupils suspended for attacking staff rose 5.6 per cent to more than 7,000 last year, about 35 each school day. The number permanently excluded for such attacks rose 7.7 per cent to 280.

Creationist exams comparable to international A-levels, says Naric
ICCE teaches that Loch Ness monster disproves evolution and apartheid benefited South Africa.

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