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UK news in brief

04 August 2017


Religious space: the interior of the dome in St Christopher’s chapel, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Religious space: the interior of the dome in St Christopher’s chapel, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Archbishop Welby extends sympathy to Charlie Gard’s parents

THE Archbishop of Canterbury told the Radio 4 programme Today on Monday that his “heart breaks” for the parents of Charlie Gard, the baby at the centre of a legal dispute, whose life support was withdrawn last week (News, 28 July). He referred to the death of his own daughter as a baby. “There are things we deal with every day — emotions around love, around the value of people, around how we treat those who are weaker and stronger — where mere rationality, even evidence-based rationality, which I hold to as a really important thing, does not answer the whole question adequately.”


ASA rejects complaints about abortion law claim

THE Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected complaints about a poster displayed in Northern Ireland by the campaigning group Both Lives Matter that said: “100,000 people are alive today because of our laws on abortion. Why change that?” Fourteen complainants contended that the claim was misleading and challenged whether it could be substantiated. The ASA decided that readers would understand that the figure was an estimate, and that there was a “reasonable probability” that the figure was accurate.

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