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'Far from empowering women, the 1967 Abortion Act has left a trail of destruction' (PA)

In 48 years since the passing of the Abortion Act around eight million abortions having been carried out in the UK

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Bakery outside Belfast County Court (PA)

Last among equals?

Christian teachers, hoteliers and now cake-makers are being hauled before the courts in the name of equality. It’s time the law was more flexible in taking account of religious beliefs

Cologne Cathedral (CNS)

The German bishops’ have announced that it has changed the Church’s labour laws to reflect ‘multiple changes in legal practice, legislation and society’

People gather in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to defend an article of the country's civil code that upholds traditional marriage (CNS)

Catholic lay organisation launches challenge on constitutional grounds against move to allow same-sex marriage

Archbishop George J Lucas of Omaha (CNS)

A US district judge effectively struck down Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage on March 2

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (PA)

The offence of blasphemy was first introduced in Ireland in 1937

'Until the rule of law is respected, then places like the Philippines will continue to be corrupt' (PA)

Corruption in the Third World and the break down of family life in the UK contribute to the blight of global poverty

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis makes remarks in a meeting with diocesan officials and canon lawyers

Riot police hold their line (Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Now it is too late: the law has taken its course and the law, once it gets going, is difficult to stop