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Ireland is erasing women!

Update: amendments to the draft Work-Life Balance and Miscellaneous provisions bill were published on 13th October and the word "woman" has been reinstated. 

An innocuous-sounding bill, the ‘Work-Life Balance and Miscellaneous provisions bill” is beginning its journey through Ireland’s two legislative houses, which, if it is passed into law, erases all mention of women from maternity laws.

The bill has been designed to bring Ireland into line with the EU Work-life Balance Directive and concerns rights of parents and carers in the workplace. The bill contains specific workplace provisions and protections for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and will, if passed into law, remove all mention of the word ‘woman’ from maternity protection legislation as well as the words ‘she’ and ‘her’ in reference to being female.


The legislation also makes the scientifically inaccurate claim that men can breastfeed and allows for people who claim that they are men, to breastfeed at work. The Irish government appears to believe that they are able to change the laws of nature!

This is not simply a procedural change. The Irish government intends to officially enshrine the idea that men can give birth and breastfeed into the laws of the land and in doing so, deny the unique role played by women.

Laws often play an important part in influencing public opinion. Denying the basic scientific fact that only women can conceive, birth and breastfeed their children puts Ireland’s women in jeopardy. Biological sex is a protected characteristic in the country’s Equalities Act to recognise the innate differences between males and females and the unique role played by women in human reproduction.

Ireland appears to want to strip women of a key part of their identity and deny that motherhood is unique to the female sex. This is all part of an attempt by Ireland’s politicians to further embed gender ideology into the law and constitution without any consultation with the public.

Maternity laws should be there to protect pregnant women - not deny their existence!


Scrap the Family Sex Show

Update:  On Tuesday 19 April, the production company behind the Family Sex Show announced that the production will no longer go ahead in either Bristol or Norwich and would only be performed to a 'select invited audience' in Bath. 

Sadly, it seems as though no lessons have been learned. The production company, Egg theatre company, stated that the withdrawal was thanks to 'illegal threats and abuse' from a small group of extremists, ignoring the 39,000 ordinary citizens who signed the petition in protest. 

The company doubled down on their position by asking for support from venues that would still be happy to host them and directed the public to their website for material that supported the themes of their show. One of the pages of their website suggested that children might like to look up themes of animal masturbation on the internet and then draw pictures to represent their findings. Other suggestions were for children to make play-doh models of genitals. 

The Family Sex Show website also published the lyrics of one of their songs, which explicitly encourages children to name and touch their and each others' sexual organs for pleasure. 

CitizenGO does not condone and is not responsible for any threats of abuse, however we remain dismayed by the attitude of the production company and alarmed by their total disregard when it comes to the safeguarding of children. It appears that no safeguarding checks have been carried out on the adults who proposed to strip naked in front of children before talking to them about sex. The Family Sex Show has yet to cite the names of the supposed 'experts in safeguarding' who were supposedly consulted when the show was originally devised. 

The BBC and Guardian have both reported on the cancellation, claiming that this is due to threats and abuse and making no mention of the highly sexualised content or reason for the widespread public outrage. 

The petition remains open for signatures so that the public can continue to register their opposition. We will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to raise our voices in protest if this show attempts to continue to market itself to children. 

Serious questions need to be asked about why this production was allowed to be funded in the first place. 


A sexually explicit show funded by the Arts Council, which is in turn funded by taxpayers and National Lottery money, is currently touring various UK theatres.


The show, which is billed as an alternative to porn, is incredibly titled ‘The family sex show’ features full-frontal nudity and is marketed at families and children as young as five. Children should not be de-desensitised to the sight of naked adult bodies or introduced to topics surrounding adult sexual pleasure which this production promotes and celebrates. 

The producer of the Family Sex show claims that it imagines a future without sexual shame and aims to make it easier for anyone of any age to talk about the ‘tricky sticky topics’ of gender, masturbation, boundaries and relationships. All of the performances are based on the actors' own personal experiences of sexual relationships. Photographs of the production feature adults simulating various sex acts.  The Family Show website contains a glossary of terms that they want young children to become acquainted with and includes definitions of 'BDSM', 'frottage', 'hand job' and 'squirting'. 

The show even comes with a content warning but is at the same time aiming to attract families and children! The advertising for the show mentions that performers will take off as many clothes as they are comfortable with, but not once is there any suggestion or reflection of the feelings of their young audience. The marketing material discusses equipping children with the language to be able to choose to talk about sexual relationships.

This is nothing more than a blatant and extremely concerning attempt to sexualise children prematurely and is abusive. The show aims to break down children’s natural boundaries and expose them to content they are not sufficiently mature enough to handle. There is no difference between taking children to the Family Sex Show and taking them to a seedy peep show or strip club! It raises precisely the same safeguarding concerns. Children who exhibit precocious sexual knowledge are at increased risk of sexual abuse and vulnerable to sexual predators. 

It is a disgrace that taxpayers’ money has been spent on a production that scandalises and harms children and potentially places them at risk. 

The Family Sex Show is a misnomer. Demand that theatres immediately scrap the production! 

 


Further information:

Why are we allowing the Family Sex Show (The Critic)

https://thecritic.co.uk/why-are-we-allowing-the-family-sex-show/

And now for a song about the clitoris (The Guardian) 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/mar/08/and-now-for-a-song-about-the-clitoris-the-joy-of-sex-education

Fury as theatre company stages naked show exploring 'sexuality, sexual pleasure and queerness' aimed at children as young as FIVE (Daily Mail)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10700795/Fury-theatre-company-stages-naked-exploring-sexuality-sexual-pleasure-queerness.html

The Family Show FAQ marketing. 

https://thefamilysexshow.com/faq


End ‘DIY’ abortion schemes that have seen abortion numbers soar and women put at risk

Update 24th February 2022: The Department of Health has confirmed that the temporary measures allowing for DIY abortion to take place at home during the pandemic will now be wound down and that from 30 August 2022, the safeguard requiring women who want an abortion, to have an in-person appointment, will be re-implemented. This is very good news for the health and safety of both pregnant women and their unborn children.



Coinciding with the introduction of ‘DIY’ home abortion, 2020 saw a significant rise in the number of abortions performed compared to the already all-time high figures recorded in 2019.

210,860 lives were lost to abortion in England & Wales in 2020. ‘DIY’ home abortions accounted for a significant proportion of those terminations.

Now, the UK Government is coming under extreme pressure from the abortion lobby, led by abortion provider BPAS, to make these dangerous abortion services available permanently.


This is despite significant safety abuses linked to the scheme, including a murder investigation into the death of a baby believed to have been born alive.


According to a leaked “urgent email” sent by a regional chief midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement on the “escalating risks” of ‘DIY’ home abortions, police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a baby who they believe was born alive despite her mother taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills. 


A study undertaken by the previous Global Director of Clinics Development at abortion provider Marie Stopes International (now MSI Reproductive Choices) has found that over 10,000 women have needed hospital treatment following the use of medical abortion pills since March 2020. 


A nationwide undercover investigation found evidence of abortion providers putting women at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

The study also discovered that ‘DIY’ home abortion pills can easily be obtained and administered to others, potentially in a coercive manner.


A number of women have also come forward to share the serious problems they’ve experienced after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.  One woman said she went through “hell” and thought she was going to die after taking the dangerous pills. Another woman said the pain and physical process was “horrible” and “a lot worse than expected”. 


Abortion providers, such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International, have made no secret of their desire to see the temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions to be made permanent, regardless of how many complications or serious incidents have arisen as a result of their ‘services’.


Sign the petition now to send a message to the UK Government that the dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortion schemes should be ended immediately.

Support the Amess Amendment

The brutal murder of Sir David Amess, the Conservative MP for Southend West, has reverberated across the world. This appalling act was an attack on Western values of democracy and freedom.

One disturbing detail emerging from this tragedy was the news that Sir David, a devout Catholic, was denied the comfort of a Catholic priest as he lay dying. 


On hearing the news that Sir David had been stabbed, the local parish priest Father Jeff Woolnough hastily gathered up his stole and holy oils and rushed down the road to offer spiritual comfort to the MP, who was also his friend, but was refused permission to enter the cordon by the police officer on duty. 


The police have subsequently explained this decision as being necessary in order to preserve the crime scene and to restrict access to allow for the emergency services. The response has not acknowledged the important comfort and healing that the presence of a priest may bring to the victims and their families in such terrible situations.

For Catholics, the Last Rites are seen as a crucial emergency service and a person should never be willfully deprived of the opportunity to receive the final sacraments, unless there is a compelling reason, such as serious risk to the safety of others.

This clearly did not apply in the case of Sir David, as the assailant had already been apprehended, there were several witnesses and it would have been very simple to eliminate the priest’s DNA from any investigation.

Being able to both administer and receive the Last Rites is an issue of fundamental religious freedom. Experienced priests are able to administer the sacrament in such a way that it does not obstruct medics.

The  ‘Amess Amendment’ has now been introduced into the House of Lords  to add to the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill, and this  would allow entry to a crime scene to ministers of religion in order to perform religious rituals or prayer associated with dying.

Sign the petition calling on the CEO of the Royal College of Policing, the Home Secretary and the Minister for Crime and Policing  to respect the needs of religious minorities and support the Amess Amendment. 


Protect single sex spaces

In 2018 the UK government set out a consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act asking the public and interested parties to comment on whether or not the process of legally changing one’s sex ought to be simplified and made easier. 

Currently, individuals who wish to change their gender must have two medical reports confirming a diagnosis of gender dysphoria AND demonstrate that they have undergone a social transition and lived in their ‘acquired gender’ for a minimum of two years. 

One of the government’s proposals was self-ID which would sweep away these current safeguarding measures. Self ID would allow for anyone who wants to be known as a different sex, for whatever reason, to simply go online and fill out a form in order for this change to take place, irrespective of whether or not they are currently attempting to live as a member of the opposite sex.

It is important to remember that biological sex can never be changed. 

If self-ID is brought into law, it will have the following effects:

  • The downgrading of objective truth, whereby biological sex is reduced to nothing more than a subjective personal feeling.

  • The protections within the Equality Act against sex-based discrimination will be removed, affecting things like equal pay. 

  •  Accurate record-keeping, necessary for public health and social science and planning, will be made impossible.

  • Single-sex spaces for women and girls would effectively be outlawed. Anyone who claimed to identify as a woman, regardless of their appearance or physical genitalia, would be able to access female-only spaces and facilities.

There are clearly so many dangers if self-ID is allowed to come into force. Firstly for women and girls, especially those from religious minorities who will be forced to withdraw from public life if they are not allowed to keep biological males out of their intimate spaces. 

If self-ID is allowed, there would be nothing to prevent men seeking to occupy women’s refuges and prisons (as has already been the case), as well as access female toilets and changing rooms and it is likely that women’s sport could become obsolete as men choose to compete in women’s categories, where they enjoy a physical advantage.

Just as important, removing the various medical and psychological checks and balances currently in place, also puts transsexuals and those with gender dysphoria at risk.

In April Liz Truss, Minister for Women and Equalities  said that she would protect single-sex spaces for women and girls and maintain the current checks and balances in the system for transgender individuals.

The government was due to announce on reforms to the Gender Recognition Act in July 2020, but has now delayed this announcement until at least the end of Summer.

It is likely that Liz Truss has come under significant pressure from the LGBT lobby following her previous statement. Please sign our petition, asking the minister to keep her promise and protect single-spaces for women and girls. 


Resources:

 
Liz Truss speech to Women and Equalities Select  Committee  April  2020 - https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/minister-for-women-and-equalities-liz-truss-sets-out-priorities-to-women-and-equalities-select-committee

Let Tafida Raqeeb go to Italy

VICTORY - 30 September 2019: Mr Justice MacDonald ruled that Tafida can go to Italy to continue with her treatment.




UPDATE - 23 September 2019:
Following the end of the court hearing on Friday 13th September, Mr Justice MacDonald informed the court that the hearing would not be published until the week of 30th September as there are many complex issues of law at stake for him to consider. The judge praised the nobility and dignity of the way in which Tafida's family had conducted themselves during this terrible ordeal for the family. It is not yet too late for Tafida and there are many issues at stake in this case, including human dignity, the right to life and parent rights and responsibilities. 

 


 

UPDATE - 13 August 2019: A five day court hearing has been scheduled for the week beginning September 9th, when a High Court judge will decide whether or not Tafida can be allowed to travel to Italy to receive the medical care which could save her life. In a number of press interviews, Tafida's mother has confirmed that her daughter is not terminally ill, but recovering from a brain bleed from which it will take time to recover. Tafida is able to breathe independently and it is hoped that once she is fitted with a tracheostomy and PEG feeding tube - treatment which was originally promised to the family, she may be able to be moved into a chair and begin a programme of rehabilitation. What Tafida needs most is time as it could take up to a year for the connections in her brain to re-establish. 





UPDATE 17th July 2019
: the President of Italy's Liguria region where Genoa's Gaslini Children's hospital is based, has spoken out in favour of Tafida's proposed transfer there, praising the medical excellence and humanity of the hospital. The Gaslini hospital has also confirmed that on 5th July a team of their specialists have sent documents to the Royal London and also held a videoconference with Tafida's medics. 


This did not stop the Royal London from putting Tafida's family through the agony of an additional court hearing with half an hour's notice, on Tuesday 16 July. 



Tafida Raqeeb is a five year old little girl  who has been in a deep coma  for a few months following a bleed on the brain whose life UK doctors want to end, even though she is not considered brain dead.

Until a few months ago, Tafida Raqeeb was a healthy 4 year old child with a bubbly, happy and friendly nature who according to her parents touched the hearts of everyone she met. Tragedy struck on the evening of 9th February of this year, when little Tafida was suddenly rushed to hospital when she fell unconscious after suffering a ruptured arteriovenous malformation (AVM), in her brain which caused a bleed and sent her into cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Following extensive brain surgery at King’s College hospital, doctors informed her parents that she was brain dead and to consider making preparations for her funeral.  A brain stem test indicated that Tafida did not meet the qualification of ‘brain death’ as she made gasping movements and therefore could not be removed from the ventilator. 

The family sought advice from a number of independent neurosurgeons one of whom diagnosed Tafida as being in a  deep coma, a fact of which they had not previously been made aware. A senior neurologist assessed Tafida and informed her parents that she was beginning to emerge from a deep coma and needed to be given time to recover - a process that could take up to a year. 

In the aftermath of the initial brain stem test the medical team treating Tafida met with her family many times in order to suggest end of life care, which they refused. The subject was then dropped.  Over the next two months Tafida’s family began to notice some small signs of improvement in her condition, such as her opening her eyes and beginning to move her limbs.

Tafida was then transferred to the Royal London Hospital where it was confirmed that she would be given a tracheostomy, which is standard care, and that there was the potential for her to go home where her recovery could continue.

In the intervening months Tafida has suffered a number of setbacks and her parents have been informed a number of times to prepare for her death, but she has fought back every single time, surviving an initial critical period where her death was thought inevitable and three further surgeries.

 A few weeks ago Tafida’s parents were given half an hour’s notice of a meeting with her medical team where they were informed that the doctors intended to take measures to end her life and that if they did not agree they would be taken to court. 

Two experts from the Gaslini children’s hospital in Genoa have stated that they are willing to treat Tafida and that she would not qualify to be removed from life support as she is not brain dead. The Royal London hospital refuses to concede that there is any hope for her, despite the fact that she is able to swallow and reacts to pain.

The state does not own our children and our overstretched NHS should not be wasting precious resources in the form of sky-high legal fees. They should let Tafida go. 

No parent ought to be in the situation of having to fight the state for the right for their child to receive privately-funded life-saving treatment. It is only fair that this little girl ought to be given the chance to make a recovery. Just because one hospital does not want to treat her, it does not give them the right to prevent other medics from helping her. Tell the Royal London hospital to release Tafida and give this gorgeous little girl a shot at a life. 


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Ireland is erasing women!

Update: amendments to the draft Work-Life Balance and Miscellaneous provisions bill were published on 13th October and the word "woman" has been reinstated. 

An innocuous-sounding bill, the ‘Work-Life Balance and Miscellaneous provisions bill” is beginning its journey through Ireland’s two legislative houses, which, if it is passed into law, erases all mention of women from maternity laws.

The bill has been designed to bring Ireland into line with the EU Work-life Balance Directive and concerns rights of parents and carers in the workplace. The bill contains specific workplace provisions and protections for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and will, if passed into law, remove all mention of the word ‘woman’ from maternity protection legislation as well as the words ‘she’ and ‘her’ in reference to being female.


The legislation also makes the scientifically inaccurate claim that men can breastfeed and allows for people who claim that they are men, to breastfeed at work. The Irish government appears to believe that they are able to change the laws of nature!

This is not simply a procedural change. The Irish government intends to officially enshrine the idea that men can give birth and breastfeed into the laws of the land and in doing so, deny the unique role played by women.

Laws often play an important part in influencing public opinion. Denying the basic scientific fact that only women can conceive, birth and breastfeed their children puts Ireland’s women in jeopardy. Biological sex is a protected characteristic in the country’s Equalities Act to recognise the innate differences between males and females and the unique role played by women in human reproduction.

Ireland appears to want to strip women of a key part of their identity and deny that motherhood is unique to the female sex. This is all part of an attempt by Ireland’s politicians to further embed gender ideology into the law and constitution without any consultation with the public.

Maternity laws should be there to protect pregnant women - not deny their existence!


Let us stand for freedom of speech in Europe

Freedom of speech in Europe is in great danger!

On 9 December 2021, the European Commission proposed to extend the list of EU crimes to hate speech and hate crimes.

If this proposal is accepted, your pro-life and pro-family voice will be shut down in all the EU and the Republic of Ireland. Sorry, but I must warn you about the upcoming danger: your right to free speech will be violated by public and private entities.

It's a tactic by the radical left to censor any dissent to their agenda worldwide. By changing the definition of what free speech means, they’ll strike a blow on our freedom to defend our opinions and beliefs… We are on the brink of being unplugged!

The debates are still going on, but the vote is inexorably coming. The next meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council will be in Luxembourg on 9 - 10 June 2022. We plan to persuade some delegates of the EU Member States to vote against the new hate speech laws and make them derail… But I need your help NOW!

If freedom of expression is suppressed, the system of government turns into totalitarian tyranny.

We are increasingly seeing how hate speech laws can be misused for persecuting people of different opinions. Biden administration in the US has announced its intent to establish a Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) to label information it does not like as disinformation. The Finnish pro-gender prosecutor persecuted the Christian politician Päivi Räsänen for her biblical views on marriage, family, and sexuality.

We have numerous examples of this in the UK, not least with our Campaign Director, Caroline Farrow who has been contacted by the police twice now in relation to misgendering. Several Christian pastors have found themselves under arrest for preaching the Gospel on the streets because the content is deemed 'hate speech and one woman was arrested in front of her children, put in jail and later convicted of hate speech for causing offence by misgendering a transgender activist before her conviction was overturned. 

We must stop it before it is too late!

The new hate speech laws proposed by the Commission to be added to Article 83(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) are very loosely worded and might be arbitrarily misused by some powerful groups e.g. pro-abortion and pro-gender politicians, judges, and activists.

Another problem is that we have no clear definition of what hate speech and hate crimes are. 

The radical left wants to have free hands to shut you down and censor the pro-life and pro-family voices! If they get away with this in the EU, they’ll feel entitled to impose the same censorship in the rest of the western countries, including the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

We are mobilizing thousands of citizens around the world to prevent the radical left in the EU from converting you into a criminal… But we have to move fast to convince the delegates since the vote session is expected on 9-10 June.

The situation is difficult, but we have hope.

For the introduction of the new hate speech laws, the delegates of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg must unanimously vote.

It means that if we manage to persuade some delegates of the EU Member States to vote against the new hate speech laws, we can win and defend our freedom of speech.

However, if we fail, it might very easily and quickly happen that we will face judicial trials for our pro-life, pro-family, and pro-Christian opinions presented in public. Then, free Europe will be over.

I hope that this is not what you and I want. Let’s act NOW to avoid it.

Therefore, we need to speak up and defend freedom of speech before it is too late!

Please, sign our petition and stand for freedom of expression in Europe!

More information: 

Ireland to opt into EU wide hate speech ban

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/2022/ireland-to-opt-in-to-eu-wide-hate-speech-ban

Komisia navrhuje rozšíriť zoznam trestných činov EÚ tak, aby zahŕňal nenávistné prejavy a trestné činy z nenávisti
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/sk/ip_21_6561

Rada pre spravodlivosť a vnútorné veci, 9. – 10. júna 2022
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/sk/meetings/jha/2022/06/09-10/

Rada pre spravodlivosť a vnútorné veci, 3. – 4. marca 2022
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/sk/meetings/jha/2022/03/03-04/

Extending EU crimes to hate speech and hate crime
https://ec.europa.eu/info/policies/justice-and-fundamental-rights/combatting-discrimination/racism-and-xenophobia/extending-eu-crimes-hate-speech-and-hate-crime_en#documents

We must protect free speech—Enough is enough!
https://europeanconservative.com/articles/commentary/enough-is-enough/

 

Scrap the Family Sex Show

Update:  On Tuesday 19 April, the production company behind the Family Sex Show announced that the production will no longer go ahead in either Bristol or Norwich and would only be performed to a 'select invited audience' in Bath. 

Sadly, it seems as though no lessons have been learned. The production company, Egg theatre company, stated that the withdrawal was thanks to 'illegal threats and abuse' from a small group of extremists, ignoring the 39,000 ordinary citizens who signed the petition in protest. 

The company doubled down on their position by asking for support from venues that would still be happy to host them and directed the public to their website for material that supported the themes of their show. One of the pages of their website suggested that children might like to look up themes of animal masturbation on the internet and then draw pictures to represent their findings. Other suggestions were for children to make play-doh models of genitals. 

The Family Sex Show website also published the lyrics of one of their songs, which explicitly encourages children to name and touch their and each others' sexual organs for pleasure. 

CitizenGO does not condone and is not responsible for any threats of abuse, however we remain dismayed by the attitude of the production company and alarmed by their total disregard when it comes to the safeguarding of children. It appears that no safeguarding checks have been carried out on the adults who proposed to strip naked in front of children before talking to them about sex. The Family Sex Show has yet to cite the names of the supposed 'experts in safeguarding' who were supposedly consulted when the show was originally devised. 

The BBC and Guardian have both reported on the cancellation, claiming that this is due to threats and abuse and making no mention of the highly sexualised content or reason for the widespread public outrage. 

The petition remains open for signatures so that the public can continue to register their opposition. We will continue to monitor the situation and will not hesitate to raise our voices in protest if this show attempts to continue to market itself to children. 

Serious questions need to be asked about why this production was allowed to be funded in the first place. 


A sexually explicit show funded by the Arts Council, which is in turn funded by taxpayers and National Lottery money, is currently touring various UK theatres.


The show, which is billed as an alternative to porn, is incredibly titled ‘The family sex show’ features full-frontal nudity and is marketed at families and children as young as five. Children should not be de-desensitised to the sight of naked adult bodies or introduced to topics surrounding adult sexual pleasure which this production promotes and celebrates. 

The producer of the Family Sex show claims that it imagines a future without sexual shame and aims to make it easier for anyone of any age to talk about the ‘tricky sticky topics’ of gender, masturbation, boundaries and relationships. All of the performances are based on the actors' own personal experiences of sexual relationships. Photographs of the production feature adults simulating various sex acts.  The Family Show website contains a glossary of terms that they want young children to become acquainted with and includes definitions of 'BDSM', 'frottage', 'hand job' and 'squirting'. 

The show even comes with a content warning but is at the same time aiming to attract families and children! The advertising for the show mentions that performers will take off as many clothes as they are comfortable with, but not once is there any suggestion or reflection of the feelings of their young audience. The marketing material discusses equipping children with the language to be able to choose to talk about sexual relationships.

This is nothing more than a blatant and extremely concerning attempt to sexualise children prematurely and is abusive. The show aims to break down children’s natural boundaries and expose them to content they are not sufficiently mature enough to handle. There is no difference between taking children to the Family Sex Show and taking them to a seedy peep show or strip club! It raises precisely the same safeguarding concerns. Children who exhibit precocious sexual knowledge are at increased risk of sexual abuse and vulnerable to sexual predators. 

It is a disgrace that taxpayers’ money has been spent on a production that scandalises and harms children and potentially places them at risk. 

The Family Sex Show is a misnomer. Demand that theatres immediately scrap the production! 

 


Further information:

Why are we allowing the Family Sex Show (The Critic)

https://thecritic.co.uk/why-are-we-allowing-the-family-sex-show/

And now for a song about the clitoris (The Guardian) 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/mar/08/and-now-for-a-song-about-the-clitoris-the-joy-of-sex-education

Fury as theatre company stages naked show exploring 'sexuality, sexual pleasure and queerness' aimed at children as young as FIVE (Daily Mail)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10700795/Fury-theatre-company-stages-naked-exploring-sexuality-sexual-pleasure-queerness.html

The Family Show FAQ marketing. 

https://thefamilysexshow.com/faq


End ‘DIY’ abortion schemes that have seen abortion numbers soar and women put at risk

Update 24th February 2022: The Department of Health has confirmed that the temporary measures allowing for DIY abortion to take place at home during the pandemic will now be wound down and that from 30 August 2022, the safeguard requiring women who want an abortion, to have an in-person appointment, will be re-implemented. This is very good news for the health and safety of both pregnant women and their unborn children.



Coinciding with the introduction of ‘DIY’ home abortion, 2020 saw a significant rise in the number of abortions performed compared to the already all-time high figures recorded in 2019.

210,860 lives were lost to abortion in England & Wales in 2020. ‘DIY’ home abortions accounted for a significant proportion of those terminations.

Now, the UK Government is coming under extreme pressure from the abortion lobby, led by abortion provider BPAS, to make these dangerous abortion services available permanently.


This is despite significant safety abuses linked to the scheme, including a murder investigation into the death of a baby believed to have been born alive.


According to a leaked “urgent email” sent by a regional chief midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement on the “escalating risks” of ‘DIY’ home abortions, police have opened a murder investigation into the death of a baby who they believe was born alive despite her mother taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills. 


A study undertaken by the previous Global Director of Clinics Development at abortion provider Marie Stopes International (now MSI Reproductive Choices) has found that over 10,000 women have needed hospital treatment following the use of medical abortion pills since March 2020. 


A nationwide undercover investigation found evidence of abortion providers putting women at significant risk by not carrying out basic checks before sending them ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.

The study also discovered that ‘DIY’ home abortion pills can easily be obtained and administered to others, potentially in a coercive manner.


A number of women have also come forward to share the serious problems they’ve experienced after taking ‘DIY’ home abortion pills.  One woman said she went through “hell” and thought she was going to die after taking the dangerous pills. Another woman said the pain and physical process was “horrible” and “a lot worse than expected”. 


Abortion providers, such as BPAS and Marie Stopes International, have made no secret of their desire to see the temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions to be made permanent, regardless of how many complications or serious incidents have arisen as a result of their ‘services’.


Sign the petition now to send a message to the UK Government that the dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortion schemes should be ended immediately.

Support the Amess Amendment

The brutal murder of Sir David Amess, the Conservative MP for Southend West, has reverberated across the world. This appalling act was an attack on Western values of democracy and freedom.

One disturbing detail emerging from this tragedy was the news that Sir David, a devout Catholic, was denied the comfort of a Catholic priest as he lay dying. 


On hearing the news that Sir David had been stabbed, the local parish priest Father Jeff Woolnough hastily gathered up his stole and holy oils and rushed down the road to offer spiritual comfort to the MP, who was also his friend, but was refused permission to enter the cordon by the police officer on duty. 


The police have subsequently explained this decision as being necessary in order to preserve the crime scene and to restrict access to allow for the emergency services. The response has not acknowledged the important comfort and healing that the presence of a priest may bring to the victims and their families in such terrible situations.

For Catholics, the Last Rites are seen as a crucial emergency service and a person should never be willfully deprived of the opportunity to receive the final sacraments, unless there is a compelling reason, such as serious risk to the safety of others.

This clearly did not apply in the case of Sir David, as the assailant had already been apprehended, there were several witnesses and it would have been very simple to eliminate the priest’s DNA from any investigation.

Being able to both administer and receive the Last Rites is an issue of fundamental religious freedom. Experienced priests are able to administer the sacrament in such a way that it does not obstruct medics.

The  ‘Amess Amendment’ has now been introduced into the House of Lords  to add to the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill, and this  would allow entry to a crime scene to ministers of religion in order to perform religious rituals or prayer associated with dying.

Sign the petition calling on the CEO of the Royal College of Policing, the Home Secretary and the Minister for Crime and Policing  to respect the needs of religious minorities and support the Amess Amendment. 


Protect single sex spaces

In 2018 the UK government set out a consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act asking the public and interested parties to comment on whether or not the process of legally changing one’s sex ought to be simplified and made easier. 

Currently, individuals who wish to change their gender must have two medical reports confirming a diagnosis of gender dysphoria AND demonstrate that they have undergone a social transition and lived in their ‘acquired gender’ for a minimum of two years. 

One of the government’s proposals was self-ID which would sweep away these current safeguarding measures. Self ID would allow for anyone who wants to be known as a different sex, for whatever reason, to simply go online and fill out a form in order for this change to take place, irrespective of whether or not they are currently attempting to live as a member of the opposite sex.

It is important to remember that biological sex can never be changed. 

If self-ID is brought into law, it will have the following effects:

  • The downgrading of objective truth, whereby biological sex is reduced to nothing more than a subjective personal feeling.

  • The protections within the Equality Act against sex-based discrimination will be removed, affecting things like equal pay. 

  •  Accurate record-keeping, necessary for public health and social science and planning, will be made impossible.

  • Single-sex spaces for women and girls would effectively be outlawed. Anyone who claimed to identify as a woman, regardless of their appearance or physical genitalia, would be able to access female-only spaces and facilities.

There are clearly so many dangers if self-ID is allowed to come into force. Firstly for women and girls, especially those from religious minorities who will be forced to withdraw from public life if they are not allowed to keep biological males out of their intimate spaces. 

If self-ID is allowed, there would be nothing to prevent men seeking to occupy women’s refuges and prisons (as has already been the case), as well as access female toilets and changing rooms and it is likely that women’s sport could become obsolete as men choose to compete in women’s categories, where they enjoy a physical advantage.

Just as important, removing the various medical and psychological checks and balances currently in place, also puts transsexuals and those with gender dysphoria at risk.

In April Liz Truss, Minister for Women and Equalities  said that she would protect single-sex spaces for women and girls and maintain the current checks and balances in the system for transgender individuals.

The government was due to announce on reforms to the Gender Recognition Act in July 2020, but has now delayed this announcement until at least the end of Summer.

It is likely that Liz Truss has come under significant pressure from the LGBT lobby following her previous statement. Please sign our petition, asking the minister to keep her promise and protect single-spaces for women and girls. 


Resources:

 
Liz Truss speech to Women and Equalities Select  Committee  April  2020 - https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/minister-for-women-and-equalities-liz-truss-sets-out-priorities-to-women-and-equalities-select-committee

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