Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

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Last update: Monday 11th December
 
A bill to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales passed its first reading in the House of Commons this week. Labour MP Diana Johnson's Ten Minute Rule Bill, which is being backed by abortion giant BPAS, would effectively remove all legal restrictions on abortion. MPs voted 172 to 142 in favour of the radical proposal.
The LawChristian Concern - 17th March 2017
 
Marriage is “associated with more family stability for children across the globe”, and cohabitation “typically associated with more instability”, a new study has found. The report by the Social Trends Institute also stated that there is a “growing consensus” that children are more likely to thrive in a stable family than in an unstable one.
FamilyThe Christian Institute - 10th February 2017
 
Hospital staff in Wales were physically attacked more than 18,000 times while at work, figures from the last five years have revealed. The data showed that there were also 11,000 verbal assaults.
CrimeThe Sentinel – 28th December 2016
 
The rise in online banking is being blamed on the closure of more than 1,000 banks across the UK over the last two years. New figures, revealed following research from Which?, have found that 1,046 branches shut between January 2015 and January 2017, with rural areas among the worst affected. Banking-giant HSBC was found to be the worst culprit after closing 321 branches – or 27 percent of its prance network over the 24-month period.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel – 2nd January 2017
 
Promising to remain faithful will no longer be a legal requirement for marriages in Italy, if a controversial new Bill is passed, it was reported in December. Supporters of the Bill want to remove the word ‘fidelity’ from marriage contracts, as they claim unfaithfulness in marriage is outdated and obsolete. It has been backed by the Italian Senate. Its proponents want marriage contracts to contain the same wording as same sex civil partnerships, which were legalised in 2016.
FamilyEvangelical Now – February 2017
 
A teacher lost this job in Canadian school for making his pro-life stance known to students, it was reported in January. The teacher explained in a law lesson that in a democracy there is often a difference ‘between people’s private morality and the law’, giving as an example his belief that abortion was wrong but the law was different to his view. One female pupil complained to a school administrator that she felt ‘unsafe’, a claim she also made after he apologised for upsetting her.
EducationEvangelical Now – February 2017
 
Millions in Madagascar, Malawi and Zimbabwe continue to face severe food shortages as a result of drought across the region, it was reported in January. People in rural communities were so desperate that they were prepared to risk eating locusts, which are known to be toxic. Young people are collapsing from hunger and exhaustion.
World IssuesEvangelical Now – February 2017
 
A portrait of Lord Carey was removed from the King’s College London campus, seemingly after the university bowed to pressure from LGBT campaigners, it was reported in January.
EducationEvangelicals Now – February 2017
 
A December report by the Care Quality Commission revealed that Marie Stopes, the UK’s biggest abortion group, failed to follow basic safety procedures and the commission reported more than 2,600 serious incidents during 2016.
HealthEvangelicals Now – February 2017
 
All holders of public office could be forced to swear an ‘Equality Oath’ showing their allegiance to so-called British values, a Cabinet Minister said in December. Sajid Javid, the Government’s Communities Secretary, believes those who do not accept such values will ‘struggle to play a positive role in British life’.
Social IssuesEvangelicals Now - February 2017
 
Overall charitable giving in the United Kingdom was up by 2.8 per cent and digital giving was up by 2.2 per cent last year, according to Blackbaud’s 2016 Charitable Giving Report.
MoneyCivil Society Media - 23rd February 2017
 
The Local Government Association has joined calls to introduce mandatory sex ed in all schools, claiming that lack of sex education is to blame for the "shockingly high" number of sexually transmitted infections in young people, which can cause infertility later on in life.
EducationChristian Concern - 17th February 2017
 
US scientists have cautiously endorsed a highly unethical technique that can genetically modify human embryos. The technique, Crispr-cas9, would alter the human germline, and the consequences, which are as yet unknown, would be down passed to future generations...A British ethics committee already greenlighted gene editing last year, despite international criticism.
ScienceChristian Concern - 17th February 2017
 
9 in 10 UK universities are now restricting free speech in some way, according to a survey by online magazine Spiked. 64% now actively censor speech, and 31% stifle speech through excessive regulation, indicating a steady rise in censorship over the past three years, the report claims.
EducationChristian Concern - 17th February 2017
 
Doctors have created a 'brain-reading' device which allows them to communicate with patients who have 'locked-in syndrome' (CLIS), a condition that leaves people completely paralysed but aware and able to think. The new technology reads brain activity to decipher if a patient is answering 'yes' or 'no' to a question. All four patients who were tested indicated that they were "happy" with life, challenging common attitudes about what it is like to live with CLIS.
HealthChristian Concern - 3rd February 2017
 
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