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Potential Change to the Law Surrounding Abortion in Northern Ireland

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A Bill aiming to amend the law in Northern Ireland to prevent abortions in cases of non-fatal disabilities has been back by the majority of Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The Severe Fetal Impairment Bill passed its second stage by 48 votes to 12. It is important to state, there still would be no …

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Is Blood Donation Finally Entering The 21st Century?

Blood donations and transfusions save and improve thousands of lives every year. The donation criterion is expanding hopefully allowing more volunteers to donate blood. Currently, around an estimated 825,000 to 900,000 people donate blood each year. On 14 December 2020, Matt Hancock announced that there would be changes surrounding the donation of blood by men …

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Snapshot Update – Disposable Sterile Hijabs Introduced

In December of 2019, a hospital trust stated that they were the first in the UK to introduce disposable sterile headscarves for staff to use in operating theatres. Dr Roslan said the idea came to her whilst she was a medical student with University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust. The disposable hijabs did …

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Snapshot Update: Capital ‘Protestors’ Faced with No-flight Bans

On 6th January, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in scenes that sent shockwaves around the world. This was hours after the out-going President addressed his supporters at a rally outside the White House and encouraged them to protest the result of the election. This was hailed as an ‘assault on democracy’ by President-electJoe Biden.  As …

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The Potentially Problematic Nature of 90’s Television

Opinion Piece Amongst the news recently was the announcement that Sex and the City will return titled ‘And Just Like That’ and will follow the girls as they try to ‘navigate love and friendship in their 50’s’. Kim Cattrall will not be returning reportedly due to a feud with her former on-screen co-stars however that …

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Court Battles across Continents: The Story of Johnny and Amber

*Trigger Warning* This piece contains mentions of violence and domestic abuse. If you need help due to Domestic Abuse, then you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Johnny and Amber Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on the set of Rum Diary in 2009. They married in 2015 and less …

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