The Alabama Senate has passed a law that says abortions should not be allowed in any circumstances apart from at risk to the mother's life. The Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 in favour of the law on Tuesday, which will need to be approved by the state governor, Kay Ivey, before being put into practice. The Senate is made up of 27 Republicans and eight Democrats currently and if signed into law by Republican Ms Ivey, the bill would take effect in six months. t would mean that any doctor who supplies and performs an abortion would be punishable with a sentence of between 10 and 99 years in prison. The mother would not be punished. Pro-life campaigners are hoping that it will be challenged and taken to the Supreme Court to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that made abortion a legal right in the US in 1973. 

 

 
 
 

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Across Iran’s capital, the talk always seems to come back to how things may get worse.Battered by US sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran’s 80 million people struggle to buy meat, medicine and other staples of daily life. Now they wonder aloud about America’s intentions as it rushes an aircraft carrier and other forces to the region over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Iran.The Associated Press spoke to a variety of people on Tehran’s streets recently, ranging from young and old, women wearing the all-encompassing black chador to those loosely covering their hair.

 

 
 
 

Following the launch of a review by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Bishop of Truro into the persecution of Christians, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International is urging the government to put the study's findings into action.The preliminary report, ordered by Mr Hunt, found Christians to be the most persecuted religious group in the world and likened their mistreatment to genocide.Commissioned in 2018, the review was triggered by the plight of Asia Bibi - a Christian woman who spent nine years on death row for blasphemy charges in Pakistan.Speaking to Premier, ADF International's Executive Director Paul Coleman said: "We'd like to see the UK Government and other Western leaders not only talk about it, but actually put this report in to action and consider these countries where Christian persecution is taking place and consider what can be done."