Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

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Last update: Tuesday 21st November
 
Theresa May has said that the government will consider switching the system for organ donation in England from 'opt-in' to 'opt-out'. A consultation is expected later this year. Wales has already adopted the approach, and Scotland intends to do the same.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 6th October 2017
 
Crimes of a sexual nature committed over the internet have significantly increased in Scotland over the past three years, new figures reveal. Research commissioned by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP found a 50 per cent rise in sexual crimes in the category that includes ‘cybercrimes’, from 2,901 in 2013/2014 to 4,360 in 2016/2017.
CrimeThe Christian Institute - 6th October 2017
 
Sex education should promote abstinence, more than seven in ten US adults believe, according to a new survey. Over 1,200 people from a variety of faiths and none, across all 50 states, were interviewed.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 6th October 2017
 
Vulnerable people will continue to be protected as a result of a High Court ruling on assisted suicide, campaigners say. The comments follow yesterday’s ruling against a change in the law, in which judges said human rights law did not extend to assisted suicide.
The LawThe Christian Institute - 6th October 2017
 
An increasing number of people who have had surgery to live as the opposite sex, now want to re-embrace their birth sex, after experiencing severe depression and contemplating suicide, it has been revealed. Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, who himself has performed a number of reverse ‘sex change’ operations, spoke out following recent controversy in the UK on the issue.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 6th October 2017
 
Irish voters would reject any move to legalise abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks, an opinion poll has found. As the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and his minority Fine Gael government prepare to frame an abortion reform referendum scheduled for next year, it has emerged that only 24% of voters are in favour of legalising terminations in nearly all cases.
The LawThe Guardian - 6th October 2017
 
Boys will be allowed to board with girls at a top state school if they are questioning their ‘gender identity’. Gordon’s School in Surrey is drawing up new guidance for transsexual pupils which will allow them to wear the uniform of the opposite sex and be addressed by a gender-neutral pronoun.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 20th October 2017
 
Smacking children is to be banned in Scotland, the Scottish government has confirmed. The move would make the country the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children.
FamilyBBC News - 19th October 2017
 
The complexity of the tax system is under fresh fire ahead of the Budget as figures reveal 775,000 people are paying more tax on each extra pound that they earn than someone whose income runs into millions.
MoneyThe Telegraph - 15th October 2017
 
Universities that use "no platforming" and "safe spaces" to shut down free speech could face action from the new higher education regulator, the Government has announced.
Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said young people and students need to "accept the legitimacy of healthy vigorous debate" as he outlined plans for the Office for Students (OfS).
EducationThe Telegraph - 19th October 2017
 
A Care Quality Commission inspection of a Marie Stopes International Clinic has revealed that staff feel under pressure to encourage women to terminate their pregnancies. The Times reports concerns from staff at the Clinic that their performance would be judged negatively if a pregnant woman decided not to proceed with a termination.
Social IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 20th October 2017
 
A new report from Health Canada has revealed that over 2000 people have had their lives ended by euthanasia or assisted suicide since it was legalised in June 2016. A total of 1,982 deaths (1,977 from euthanasia and 5 from assisted suicide) have been reported between June 17 2016, when the practice was legalised, and June 30, 2017. The figures include 167 reported euthanasia deaths in Québec prior to the federal government legalizing assisted death, bringing the number to 2,149 reported assisted deaths in Canada.
World IssuesNews at SPUC - 9th October 2017
 
The question ‘what is your sex’ could be scrapped from the next census for fear of offending transsexual and ‘non-binary’ people, it has emerged. A report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that asking people to declare their sex is “irrelevant, unacceptable and intrusive, particularly to trans participants”.
Social IssuesChristian Institute - 13th October 2017
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that almost 56 million abortions take place annually worldwide. Of the abortions that took place between 2010 and 2014, the WHO classified just under half as ‘unsafe’.
World IssuesChristian Institute - 13th October 2017
 
The number of human trafficking cases referred for prosecution has hit a record high, amid a “worrying” decline in conviction rates, figures show...A report by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) this week revealed that the volume of cases police have referred for prosecution rose by 10 per cent in the last year, from 246 in 2015-16 to 271 in 2016-17 – the highest volume ever recorded.
CrimeIndependent - 11th October 2017
 
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