John says abortion LGBT rights will not be legalised

Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said recently that cabinet will discuss the proposal on making abortion legal once it is received.He said that making abortion legal is only a proposal discussed at a meeting recently. He said that even if the cabinet considers it, both he and the Prime Minister will strongly oppose it. The Government says abortion and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights will not be legalised.Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that he had received an assurance from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that abortion will not be legalised. The Minister also said that there will not be any move to include LGBT rights in the Constitution. Issuing a statement the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka said it was deeply concerned at the news that a cabinet decision has been made to legalize abortion on two counts and is to be presented to the Parliament.The Church condemned the Government decision to legalize abortion under two instances saying that the Catholic Church believes that life begins at conception and no one has the right to take a life. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The Minister said the proposal has not been put forward to the Health Ministry or the Government.He however said that once the proposal is received it will be discussed by the cabinet.The proposal was based on the right a mother should have if pregnant as a result of rape or if a serious medical disorder is detected in the embryo. Recently the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka expressed concerns over moves to legalize abortion under special circumstances and urged the Government not to legalize abortion under any circumstances. read more

Sinn Fein policing spokesman is filmed using bolt cutters to remove car

first_imgGerry Kelly breaks the chains once again! #ClampBuster— newradical (@newradical94) February 3, 2018 A spokesman for parking firm PEA told the Belfast Telegraph: “PEA is aware of this incident and has reported the matter to the PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland) as we do in all such cases.” A Sinn Fein spokesman said: “Yesterday, Friday 2 February, Gerry Kelly MLA returned to his car after an early morning gym session to find that his car had been made immobile by a clamp just after 7.20am. Gerry Kelly is seemingly spotted removing the car clampCredit:Twitter/ newradical94 “He removed the clamp from the front wheel. He left the device nearby and drove off to pre-arranged meetings. His solicitor is dealing with the matter and he will be making no further comment at this time.”Mr Kelly is Sinn Fein’s policing spokesman and has formerly held the position of junior minister at Stormont.He was part of the party’s negotiating team during the years leading up to The Good Friday Agreement and has been MLA for North Belfast since 1998. During the Troubles, the veteran republican was convicted for his part in the IRA bombing of the Old Bailey in 1973.Ten years later he took part in a mass escape from the Maze paramilitary prison. Gerry Kelly, left with Gerry Adams and Martin Ferris, was part of Sinn Fein's negotiating team before the Good Friday Agreement Gerry Kelly had just left a gym in Belfast when he discovered he had been clampedCredit:Niall Carson /PAcenter_img Gerry Kelly is seemingly spotted removing the car clamp Sinn Fein confirmed Mr Kelly removed a clamp from the front wheel of his car after footage emerged on social media.The footage appears to show him kneeling down to remove the orange device from the vehicle’s right-hand wheel, before resting it against a nearby wall. A pair of bolt cutters appear to be lying beside the wheel. Sinn Fein’s policing spokesman has been reported to police after he was filmed apparently using bolt cutters to remove a clamp from his car.Gerry Kelly removed the device after finding his car had been immobilised while he was at a gym in Belfast city centre on Friday morning, the party said.The private parking firm that controls the area outside the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) near St Anne’s Cathedral has reported the matter to police.Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) leader Jim Allister called for the Northern Ireland Assembly member to resign and the police to take action. “It must be demonstrated he is not above the law,” he said. Gerry Kelly had just left a gym in Belfast when he discovered he had been clamped Gerry Kelly, left with Gerry Adams and Martin Ferris, was part of Sinn Fein’s negotiating team before the Good Friday AgreementCredit:Haydn West/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more