Canadians who refuse to endorse transsexualism could be charged with a hate crime, fined or even jailed under a controversial new law. Critics say Bill C-16 may compel citizens to use the terms ‘ze’ and ‘zir’ when asked, instead of ‘he’ and ‘she’. It was passed in the Canadian Senate by a vote of 67 to 11, and welcomed as “great news” by the country’s Prime Minister Justin TrudeaThe Bill adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to existing hate crime legislation. Dr Jordan Peterson, of the University of Toronto, previously warned that C-16 could result in him being charged with a hate crime for refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns. 

A date has been set for the consecration of a new bishop who will serve disaffected Anglicans throughout the UK and across Europe. The service will be held next Friday morning by GAFCON at Edman Chapel on the campus of Wheaton College, near Chicago. The group of conservative Anglicans created the post in reaction to a move by the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) last June towards allowing same-sex marriage. The Church officially approved the step earlier this month. GAFCON accused the SEC of joining the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican Church of Canada in "rejecting the authority of the Bible".

Abortion statistics have been released for England and Wales from 2016. The figures make for grim reading. 190,406 abortions were carried out in England and Wales alone last year. The only consolation in the stats is that this overall figure falls slightly lower than the 191,014 abortions carried out in 2015. 98% of these abortions were NHS funded and 38% were for women who had previously had one or more abortions. 4,810 abortions procured in England and Wales were by women not currently resident in England and Wales. This statistic excludes Scottish figures, which tip the total over 200,000. Extrapolating, over 1,000,000 babies are aborted every 5 years in the United Kingdom. 3208 abortions were carried out under 'ground E', that is that the child would born'seriously handicapped'. Serious handicap under ground E includes pre-born infants with cleft lip or palate. While it could be argued that these conditions are treatable and so should in no case fall under ground E, that would miss the ultimate point. Suppose that no fix was available for a child with cleft lip or palate? Does a cleft lip make someone less human? Does a cleft palate exclude someone from the right to life as any other person? Do infants born with cleft lip or palate have no place in a civilised society?