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Bpas/Debating Matters Programme Birmingham

Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

10:00

Coffee and registration

10.30

Welcome
Justine Brian, director, Debating Matters
Clare Murphy, director of external affairs, Bpas

10.45

Debate 1: “The UK should ban sex selective abortion”

FOR: Hagley Catholic High School, Hagley
AGAINST: Loreto College, Manchester

Judges:
Craig Fairnington, associate fellow, Academy of Ideas
Adam Rawcliffe, partnerships manager, Academy of Ideas
Dr Sheelagh McGuinness, fellow, School of Law, University of Birmingham

11.55

Debate 2: “Pregnant women have a moral responsibility to lead a healthy lifestyle”

FOR: Birkenhead High School Academy, Birkenhead
AGAINST: Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney

Judges:
Chris Jones, Teacher
Harry Rowbotham, trainee social worker, University of Sheffield
Linden Thomas, solicitor, University of Birmingham

13:10

Lunch and an opportunity to network

14:00

Provocation Lecture: Is there ever an excuse to get pregnant accidentally?
Ann Furedi, chief executive of Bpas

14.40

Break out groups
student thoughts on reproductive rights, led by Bpas staff

15:15

Tea break

15.40

Final: “Foetuses should have rights”

Winner of debate 1 FOR
Winner of debate 2 AGAINST

Judges:
Peter Bradley, director, Speakers’ Corner Trust
Craig Fairnington, associate fellow, Academy of Ideas
Dr Sheelagh McGuinness, fellow, School of Law, University of Birmingham


16.50

Prize giving & closing comments

17:00

End

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre



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