China announced the end of its hugely controversial one-child policy on October 29, after decades of strict, sometimes brutal enforcement left it with an ageing population and shrinking workforce, heightening the challenges of slowing growth.

Yet more examples of BBC bias this week

30 October 2015 14:24

Two reports on the BBC Ten O’Clock News this week, both unashamedly partisan. Yes, yes, I know they are not…


Here’s what happens when you create a ‘safe space’ at a pro-life event

13 October 2015 11:15

You know all that stuff about ‘safe spaces’, places on university campuses where you’re not allowed to say or do…

Students protesting against Nick Griffin and David Irving outside the Oxford Union in 2007. Image: Getty

Banning provocateurs doesn’t silence them – it only amplifies their voices

9 October 2015 16:00

I write about free speech. And I’m tired of writing about free speech. I’m tired of needing to write about…


The tragic truth behind the ‘ShoutYourAbortion’ hashtag

22 September 2015 17:39

Try as I might, I can’t make myself furious about the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag. It is, above all, cause for sadness.…


The Times on Pope Francis and abortion: the worst piece of religious reporting ever?

2 September 2015 20:24

The headline on page 33 of today’s Times reads: ‘Repent and we will forgive abortions, Pope tells women’. It’s a…


Pope Francis drops a bombshell: Catholics can receive absolution from dissident SSPX priests

1 September 2015 14:15

Pope Francis, unpredictable as ever, has just announced that during the forthcoming ‘Year of Mercy’, Catholics can receive absolution from…


A true feminist will defend the unborn girls being aborted in the UK because of their sex

17 February 2015 11:52

Question: Is abortion on gender grounds illegal in the UK? Answer: yes and no and maybe – depends who you…

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The top students who are too lazy to argue

20 November 2014 12:58

Don’t be a Stepford student — subscribe to The Spectator’s print and digital bundle for just £22 for 22 weeks.  Brendan O’Neill…

A woman in London poses next to a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci of a foetus dated 1511, at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace  in 2012 (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

3 November 2014 11:51

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim…

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Having an abortion means ending a life. Even pro-choice students should realise that

24 October 2014 12:42

Last week, the Tab, an online student tabloid, published an article by an anonymous Cambridge student entitled ‘I shouldn’t have…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

How should we describe ‘assisted dying’?

7 July 2014 15:40

There is, I realise, no perfect, neutral way of describing ‘assisted dying’, the substance of Lord Falconer’s bill which comes…


America’s Left is just as ‘eccentric’ as its Right

9 May 2014 17:04

Rory Sutherland writes in this week’s magazine that the Mozilla/Brendan Eich affair has finally put him off his dream of…


Is moral change speeding up?

17 April 2014 14:41

After David Cameron’s whole God thing last week, there was a discussion on the radio this morning about whether religion…


Burning foetuses to heat hospitals: a perfect metaphor for modern Britain

24 March 2014 18:16

By way of a metaphor for the way the NHS and, come to that, the law regards foetuses, you can’t…

A dish of human embryos at an IVF clinic in California. Image: Getty

Would you screen for the ‘gay’ gene?

27 February 2014 10:21

How would you feel about a couple doing IVF just in order to find the embryos most likely to to…


Gendercide, abortion and hypocrisy of the pro-choicers

15 January 2014 14:48

There was a lovely little ultrasound picture of a foetus to illustrate the Independent’s splash today about the incidence of…

Contrary to what the BBC would have you believe, there is no majority in favour of reforming abortion law in Northern Ireland.

The BBC’s bias on abortion in Northern Ireland is breathtaking

12 October 2013 10:12

The establishment has a target in its sights; you can always tell from the tone of the Today programme. In…

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Melanie McDonagh: This is why our abortion laws are a joke

8 October 2013 17:42

There’s been much chatter today about Keir Starmer’s declaration that it was right not to prosecute doctors who authorised abortions…

Our abortion laws are wholly absurd. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s abortion laws are inherently absurd

8 October 2013 10:04

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, yesterday declared that it was right not to prosecute doctors who authorised abortions…

George Osborne's alleged winning mix of fiscal austerity and social liberalism is a losing combination. Image: Getty

George Osborne’s combination of austerity and social libertarianism is repellent

15 November 2012 10:24

George Osborne’s spirited bid in The Times (£) earlier this week  to appropriate the Obama victory for the Tories is…

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Ireland and Abortion: Cruelty disguised as piety, cowardice misrepresented as principle. - Spectator Blogs

14 November 2012 12:53

Oh, Ireland! You knew it would come to this. Today’s Irish Times carries the appalling story of the death of…

Lily Allen has weighed into the row over Jeremy Hunt's comments about abortion. Picture: Getty

The small-minded people of the abortion debate

10 October 2012 18:44

Are men not allowed to talk about abortion any more? I’ve lost count of the angry comments I have read…


Abortion: Jeremy Hunt may be stupid, that doesn't mean he's wrong –

6 October 2012 13:16

Jeremy Hunt: what a card! A row about abortion is just what the Conservative and Unionist party needs to kick-off…

Anti-Abortion Group Displays Controversial Billboard

Rape is rape and abortion is abortion. Except when they're not. - Spectator Blogs

28 August 2012 13:08

Way back in my debating days at Trinity College, Dublin we knew you could guarantee large crowds and impressively  –…


The skewed priorities of the BBC’s abortion investigation story

14 July 2012 17:30

Did anyone else notice anything weird about the BBC’s coverage of the story last week about the 14 NHS trusts…