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The Catholic Herald held its first evening of Friary Talks on Wednesday October 19. Its guest speakers were Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith and Matthew Sturgis. Topics included pre-abortion counselling, St Augustine, and Rome as the heart of Christianity. The talks were followed by questions and drinks

MP Nadine Dorries, theologian Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith and author Matthew Sturgis speak at first Herald talks

MP Nadine Dorries wants to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks by 2015

Nadine Dorries would like to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks, yet as the mother of a Down’s syndrome daughter I could not support her proposal

After a stint in the music business and success as a writer of chick-lit Louise Mensch stood for Parliament in May 2010

The improbable MP Louise Mensch tells Catherine Lafferty why she is taking a pragmatic approach to reforming our abortion laws

A Pro-life Day with Mary could be organised annually (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Pro-lifers should start by saying that abortion is intrinsically evil and fight on that principle

One in six baby girls in China is aborted

Francis Phillips wonders if pro-abortion activists have thought through the consequences of their views

Photo: CNS

Or has it distracted attention from what’s important?

David Cameron has been urged to separate marriage and religion (PA photo)
Nadine Dorries speaking in the Commons yesterday (PA photo)

It would be a major victory for the devil if yesterday’s vote were to turn pro-lifers against each other

Nadine Dorries's amendment had only lukewarm support from the pro-life movement (PA photo)

Amendment that would prevent abortion providers offering counselling is defeated by a majority of 250

The silhouettes of Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

The episode has exposed the cowardice of the Coalition Government