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UK lawmakers oppose ban on smacking children

[JURIST] British MPs voted Tuesday against a ban on smacking children in England and Wales, opting instead for a compromise amendment that criminalizes hitting that leaves marks or causes mental harm. The outright ban, opposed by Prime Minister Tony Blair, was reject by a 424-75 vote. Proponents of the ban argued that children should receive the same protection from hitting that adults do, while opponents argued that the measure would invade family privacy too much. The amendment was part of the larger Children Bill [PDF]. BBC News has more.

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