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Why are women who have lost their babies being investigated for a crime?

Police: why are they wrongly accusing women who have lost their babies of committing crimes?

Women say they have been “traumatised” and left feeling “suicidal” after criminal investigations lasting years in which they were suspected of illegally ending a pregnancy.

It seems they are being victimised for losing their babies after the 24-week window for termination.

Abortions after 24 weeks are only allowed if the woman’s life is in danger, if there is a severe fetal abnormality or if the woman is at risk of grave physical and mental injury.

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But of course that does not mean a woman cannot lose her child for natural – and very often tragic – reasons, as the BBC has pointed out:

An unprecedented number of women are being investigated by police on suspicion of illegally ending a pregnancy, the BBC has been told.

Abortion provider MSI says it knows of up to 60 criminal inquiries in England and Wales since 2018, compared with almost zero before.

Some investigations followed natural pregnancy loss, File on 4 found.

Pregnancy loss is investigated only if credible evidence suggests a crime, the National Police Chiefs’ Council says.

Do we believe that comment from the National Police Chiefs’ Council?

We already know that the Metropolitan Police has been found to be institutionally misogynistic. Perhaps the rot has gone further.

This Writer tends to agree with Dr Jonathan Lord of abortion provider MSI, who said: “These women are often vulnerable and in desperate situations.

“They need help, not investigation and punishment.”


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Why is Israel mutilating the children of Gaza if it’s trying not to harm innocents?


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Bearing in mind that Israel was apparently capable of carrying out a precision strike against a leading Hamas member in Lebanon last week, and targeted an Al Jazeera journalist’s family within the last few days, why is Israel mutilating children and babies in Gaza?

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It can’t be accidental if Israel is capable of those other targeted strikes.

So, can you think of a good reason?


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While Britain marched for peace, babies started dying in Gaza hospital

Threatened by Israel: babies in an incubator at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza. The incubators don’t work any more.

Everybody in Israel should be ashamed of this:

Responses to the post above included many that accused the author of lying – spreading falsehoods.

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He wasn’t – but the facts are slightly less awful:

Reports conflict but it seems three babies have died so far, with a further 36 in danger.

Israel has claimed that Hamas terrorists have an underground tunnel network beneath the Gaza strip, and recently that their headquarters are beneath al-Shifa hospital.

But there is absolutely no verifiable evidence to prove this. Until any such evidence appears, we must consider this an excuse, made in order to justify military action against a hospital, which would otherwise be – very clearly – a serious war crime.


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Andrew Neil: hoist by his own petard over ‘beheaded babies’ lie

Andrew Neil: his aggressive response to criticism is inappropriate.

That mainstay of the UK’s right-wing media – Andrew Neil – seems to be coming unstuck because of his support for Israel in its conflict with Gaza.

Mr Neil was among those who rushed to push the story that Hamas beheaded Israeli babies in a kibbutz near the Palestinian territory:

But since then he has rowed back. Take a look at the following response to a critic:

We know now that there was no evidence of babies having been beheaded by Hamas; images were produced by the Israeli government a few days after the story broke, after it was questioned and far too late to be corroboration of the claim; they could have been fabricated. In fact, the circumstances suggest that they almost certainly were.

It was a matter of ease for Mr Neil’s original tweet to be brought back to light:

It seems to This Writer that Mr Neil’s only excuse is that he didn’t say 40 babies were allegedly beheaded – but the actual number is an irrelevance.

His tweet made it clear that he believed the claim – or at least, that he wanted the rest of us to believe it.

And, as Phil Gould points out, it is because of the endorsement of people like Mr Neil that the story “went round the world like wildfire”.

So Mr Neil has been shown where he reported that babies had been beheaded. He justified himself with a hypothetical question: if it was mutilation and slaughter, rather than beheading, would we owe Hamas an apology? That needs an answer too.

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And it is obvious: we do not know that Hamas did anything that has been alleged. We were given allegations by a source that has been disproved – twice. That makes any claim extremely suspicious.

Israel wants the world to see it as the victim, while its hugely superior armed forces pummel the Palestinian region of Gaza into rubble. We are told 2,300 Gazans have already died – nearly twice as many Jewish casualties in the current conflict – and we know that children are among the deceased.

It is extremely hard for other people to see you as a victim if you have killed nearly twice as many people – innocent bystanders, remember; we don’t know if any of them were members of Hamas so must assume that they weren’t – as have died among your own numbers. That is especially true if children are among those casualties.

So it seems likely that Israel manufactured a false claim to make Hamas look like monsters – that isn’t even original. The claim of babies being murdered was used to justify the first Gulf War, and goes back at least as far as World War One.

Do we owe Hamas an apology? No.

A very large, unprovoked, campaign of mass murder was carried out on October 7, and Hamas has taken responsibility for it. That should be condemned.

But we should also condemn Israel for responding with equally unprovoked war crimes against two million Palestinian non-combatants – and we should not have to be distracted from that by false claims publicised by the likes of this so-called journalist.


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MORE FAKE NEWS: ‘proof’ that Hamas killed/beheaded babies is nothing of the sort

Benjamin Netanyahu: apparently the latest ‘evidence’ comes from the Israeli prime minister – and cannot be independently verified.

This Writer has received a series of hate messages via the platform ‘X’, apparently prompted by this article.

It quotes the only international news agency that didn’t take the claims that Hamas beheaded babies in the Kfar Aza kibbutz at face value and sought confirmation. A report on the news agency’s website states:

The Israeli army has no information confirming allegations that “Hamas beheaded babies,” Israeli army spokesperson unit told Anadolu on Tuesday.

It was alleged that Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, “beheaded many Israeli babies” on the Israeli side during the early Saturday morning attack launched from Gaza.

When Anadolu contacted the Israeli army spokesperson unit over the phone and asked about the allegations, she said “We have seen the news, but we do not have any details or confirmation about that.”

I added:

If it had really happened, you can be damn sure the Israeli Army would have had all the details, with eyewitnesses ready to give their accounts and even – if anybody had the stomach for it – photographic evidence.

None of that is available. There is no evidence of it.

As far as the Israeli Army is concerned, it didn’t happen – and that means it didn’t happen as far as we are concerned either.

The story we are left with is that Hamas has killed babies and children. That might be shocking enough – if only the Israeli military had not killed babies and children in its blanket bombing of Gaza.

You see, the aim of the story was for Israel to claim the moral high ground, and now it can’t. To quote the late, great Paul Newman, “There are only murderers in this room.”

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This seems to have triggered my correspondent, who claims to be a former colleague from my days at the Shropshire Star, where I was a reporter around 20 years ago. He posted a copy of a post from one Ben Shapiro, showing what is claimed to be the burned body of a baby, then added:

I make no attempt to hide this person’s ‘X’ handle – which is anonymous anyway. Whoever they are, they deserve a bit of exposure after trying to smear me with falsehoods like the following:

Yes, I lost my libel trial and the cost is about right. No, I wasn’t discredited as a journalist; loss of a libel trial doesn’t correspond to such a thing. And I wasn’t expelled from Labour for anti-Semitism but for – in the words of the judge when I took Labour to court over this – “possibly upsetting people”.

On the substantive point that the image posted by Ben Shapiro showed “proof” of the claim against Hamas: it didn’t. It was an image purporting to be of a burned body. It was not an image of a decapitated child.

So my words in the article that upset my disputant stand: “The story we are left with is that Hamas has killed babies and children.”

So let’s not have any more silly shouting about my journalistic integrity.

In fact, the claim that Hamas attacked civilians is now under attack. That organisation has gone on the record as saying it has done nothing of the sort – although I had to go to an Indian news website to find the comments:

In a video statement, Basim Naim, an official with Hamas’ information office, as quoted by CNN, called on the media “to abide by the journalistic code of ethics”.

“We firmly deny these allegations as we reject this media bias, and we call on media to abide by the journalistic code of ethics,” said Naim.

Calling Hamas’ recent large-scale surprise attack on Israel a “defensive” and “internally Palestinian” operation, the official said that it “targeted only the Israeli military bases and compounds.”

Naim further stated that there were explicit directives “from the top commanders of Al Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ military wing) to avoid targeting civilians or killing them.”

So now we have a claim that whatever killed the people at Kfar Aza, it wasn’t Hamas.

As for the new images, here’s possibly the best-known news agency in the world – Reuters:

Israel’s government showed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO defence ministers graphic images of dead children and civilians on Thursday, saying they were killed by Palestinian group Hamas as it builds support for its response.

There were no images to suggest militants had beheaded babies — a particularly explosive accusation that first emerged in Israel’s media and initially confirmed by Israeli officials.

The images of the dead infants were included in the video played to NATO. It was not released to the public, but was later seen by Reuters in Jerusalem. Reuters could not independently verify the material.

So the new images are uncorroborated and cannot be proven to be linked to Hamas attacks.

And Hamas has denied attacking civilians in any event.

Who should you believe?

My best advice would be: neither.

That may come easily to you, as regards Hamas – an organisation, we are told, of terrorists. But you should also apply it to the Israeli government, that wants you to be so horrified by what it says Hamas has done that you’ll look the other way while it commits war crimes against innocent people in Gaza.

Obviously you shouldn’t believe the lunatic who chose to lie about me on ‘X’.

Once again, the first casualty of war is the truth.


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Israeli army can’t confirm that Hamas beheaded babies. IT DIDN’T HAPPEN

Palestine and Israel: I did look for a different image this time – but decided to stay with one that is relatively neutral and non-triggering.

Another propaganda piece bites the dust – and a particularly nasty one, at that.

After all the hysteria about Hamas “beheading babies” in the Israeli Kfar Aza kibbutz – including a wave of front-page news stories in UK newspapers, it seems only one news organisation has actually sought corroboration of the claim – and found that it cannot be proved.

That organisation was Turkish news agency Anadolu, which posted the following on X:

A report on the news agency’s website states:

The Israeli army has no information confirming allegations that “Hamas beheaded babies,” Israeli army spokesperson unit told Anadolu on Tuesday.

It was alleged that Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, “beheaded many Israeli babies” on the Israeli side during the early Saturday morning attack launched from Gaza.

When Anadolu contacted the Israeli army spokesperson unit over the phone and asked about the allegations, she said “We have seen the news, but we do not have any details or confirmation about that.”

If it had really happened, you can be damn sure the Israeli Army would have had all the details, with eyewitnesses ready to give their accounts and even – if anybody had the stomach for it – photographic evidence.

None of that is available. There is no evidence of it.

As far as the Israeli Army is concerned, it didn’t happen – and that means it didn’t happen as far as we are concerned either.

The story we are left with is that Hamas has killed babies and children. That might be shocking enough – if only the Israeli military had not killed babies and children in its blanket bombing of Gaza.

You see, the aim of the story was for Israel to claim the moral high ground, and now it can’t. To quote the late, great Paul Newman, “There are only murderers in this room.”

This Site stands vindicated (yet again) as one of the few that stood up for factual accuracy.

But don’t feel bad if you were fooled by the mainstream hysteria. Here in the UK we have been trained to believe that our news providers have the highest standards – and they should; I was trained in exactly the same way as most of the “journalists” who fed you this lie. It’s just that I followed my training and they didn’t.

Just to show you how twisted the news situation in the UK really is, it seems there’s a concerted campaign to run Vox Political and sites like it out of business. If you want to show your appreciation for what I do here, you could start by buying my new book.

On the subject of sites like this one, Tim Fenton at Zelo Street has pointed out that the “fake claims of unspeakable harm being meted out to babies go right back to the Great War. More recently, the régime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq was accused of baby killing during its occupation of Kuwait. That wasn’t true either.”

I’m looking forward to a welter of shame-faced retractions from UK politicians and media types. But I’m not holding my breath waiting.


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Propaganda war? Israeli claims of beheaded babies must be independently confirmed

War is an ugly business and those involved often employ underhand tactics.

One such tactic is to claim an atrocity has taken place when it hasn’t. This is why any such claim should always be treated only as an unconfirmed story until it has been verified by an independent and impartial observer – preferably by several.

That is why This Writer is not ready to believe claims that babies were beheaded at the Kfar Aza kibbutz, near Gaza, solely on the word of Israel Defence Force soldiers. I don’t care how “shaken” they looked to the international reporters they invited in. The story should not have been released until the facts had been established.

This is not to say that the alleged massacre did not take place; I am simply saying that caution must be employed when encountering such claims.

Sadly, this message does not appear to have got through to some of the UK’s politicians and media outlets, as This Writer’s social media feed shows – to their shame.

This report from Israeli news broadcaster i24 News provides no supporting voices to corroborate the military claims and, from what the reporter says, she has not seen any evidence:

Jake Wallis Simons is the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, a UK-based periodical that has gained a reputation for the poor quality of its news reporting – particularly over anti-Semitism claims against Labour Party members and/or supporters. His claim here is debunked by Jews Sans Frontieres:

Here’s Aaron Bastani – of social media site Novara Media – reminding Rob Burley – ex-head of BBC Politics and now in charge of Sky News – that it is deeply unprofessional to report these claims as true without corroboration:

For clarity, I repeat: I am not saying this atrocity has not happened. I’m simply pointing out that, without independent corroboration, none of us can be sure that it has.

Even if it has, it will not justify any attacks that injure civilians in Gaza. Those would also be war crimes under international law.

Israeli politicians would do well to bear that in mind.


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Tory government slammed for bullying and trying to silence the disabled – Dorset Eye

Well done to Dorset Eye for picking up on this:

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has accused the government of “using its might” to “bully” and “silence” disabled campaigners in the courts.

People allegedly damaged by the drug Primodos are in a high court battle with both the UK government and the German pharmaceutical company Bayer.
Campaigners say that both the company and the UK regulators were aware of the potential risk of the pregnancy test drug to deform babies in the womb.

Mr Burnham is calling on the government to drop the case and “compensate them for the damage they have suffered”.
Primodos has been described as “the forgotten thalidomide”, however manufacturer Schering, now owned by Bayer, has always denied any association between the drug and malformations, saying there is not sufficient scientific evidence to support the claim.

In 2020 an independent government review found that the drug should have been removed from the market in 1967, a decade before it was, and that UK regulators had been repeatedly warned of the risk.

Read the full article here: Tory government slammed for bullying and trying to silence the disabled – Dorset Eye

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The ‘shocking’ part of this report is that it was so easy for 1.3m children & babies to fall into poverty

Family poverty skyrocketed under Tory policies of benefit denial and wage depression. Now they can blame Covid-19 for it.

Research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and baby bank charity Little Village has shown that 1.3 million babies and children aged less than five in the UK are now in poverty.

The report found 34 per cent of families with one child under five live below the poverty line, meaning they survive on less than 60% of the median household income in the UK.

1.3 million of the 4.2 million children in poverty in the UK are babies and children under the age of 5.

Two in five of the families of the children in poverty have seen a reduction in their earnings as a result of the ongoing Covid crisis.

Undoubtedly the government will want to blame Covid-19. Measures to control the pandemic have meant lower-level incomes have suffered.

But who imposed those measures? The Tories.

And why were so many families already so close to poverty that it took only a 20 per cent reduction in their incomes (the difference between normal wages and furlough payments) to drop them into it? Because the Tories encouraged wage depression over the 10 years prior to the pandemic.

Finally, let us all remember that the pandemic has been a windfall for the richest people in the country. They have increased their income hugely.

Source: 1.3m babies and kids under 5 live in poverty in Britain, ‘shocking’ new report finds – Mirror Online

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‘Toxic’ culture led to dozens of deaths – of mothers and babies – at NHS trust

Mothers and babies died due to a “toxic” culture at an English NHS trust – according to a leaked report on what is being described as the largest maternity scandal in NHS history.

It seems substandard care at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust not only led to deaths but also caused permanent disability for some children.

Clinical errors were compounded by substandard follow-up investigations that failed to ensure lessons were learnt, while bereaved families were treated with “a distinct lack of kindness and respect”.

The report details clinical malpractice over nearly 40 years that led to the deaths of at least 42 babies and three mothers.

More than 50 children also suffered permanent brain damage after being deprived of oxygen during birth, and the investigation also identifed 47 other cases of substandard care.

More than 600 cases of clinical malpractice are now being examined, involving repeated failings by doctors, midwives and hospital bosses.

As hundreds of cases have yet to be checked, the list of casualties is likely to grow.

The leaked report identifies:

  • A long-term lack of informed consent for mothers choosing to deliver their babies in midwifery-led units – where risks can be higher if problems occur – which “continues to the present day”
  • A long-term lack of transparency, honesty and communication with families when things go wrong. This supported a culture that was “disrespectful” to families who had been “damaged” as a result
  • Failure to recognise serious incidents. Many families who had undergone horrific experiences were told they were the only ones and lessons would be learnt. The report said: “It is clear this is not correct”
  • A long-term failure to involve families in investigations that were often poor and described as “extremely brief” and “overly defensive of staff”
  • A lack of kindness and respect to parents and families with multiple examples of deceased babies given the wrong names in writing or referred to as “it”
  • Not sharing learning, meaning “repeated mistakes that are often similar from case to case”. Failure to learn was present from the earliest case of a neonatal death in 1979 to cases occurring at the end of 2017
  • A lack of support for families who have “experienced significant loss and tragedy”
  • A long-standing culture at the trust “that is toxic to improvement effort”

The new report is not the result of action by the NHS or the government, though.

It seems the scandal would have remained secret if not for the actions of a family the trust had mistreated.

The Stanton-Davies family had lost a baby daughter in 2009 after midwives failed to monitor her condition – among myriad other failures.

They had to fight for an inquest. Once it proved their daughter’s fate had been avoidable, the family challenged the NHS to re-examine its investigation of the circumstances of the child’s death.

That review revealed systemic failings which enabled the family, with the parents of a second baby, to persuade then-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to order an investigation in 2017.

The scale of this scandal is huge – and can only increase.

At this point, This Writer can only echo the words of mother Rhiannon Davies, whose determination to find out why her daughter died has taken matters this far:

“How has this been tolerated for so long? It is horrific.”

Source: NHS Trust’s ‘toxic’ culture led to mother and baby deaths | Central – ITV News

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