Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

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Last update: Monday 11th December
 
The Guardian reports that police in England and Wales are investigating underage ‘sexting’ offences at a rate of 17 per day. The number of cases is rising, with latest figures having increased by a third on the previous year. Police say the youngest children involved were aged 10, with girls more likely to be victims.
CrimeChristian Concern - 10th November 2017
 
A ComRes poll of over 2,000 adults in Great Britain showed that 72% of the public think abortion should continue to be subject to a legal framework, including the requirement to get the consent of two doctors and not allowing abortion after 24 weeks unless the child is disabled or the mother’s life in danger. Just 12% disagreed.
Social IssuesCARE - 7th November 2017
 
Most Britons believe many of the Ten Commandments are “important principles to live by”, according to a new poll. Commandments against murder, theft and lying are most respected by British adults – but keeping the Sabbath day holy is only backed by one in five.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Christian Institute - 27th October 2017
 
The number of children being referred to a London 'Gender Identity' clinic has risen by 24% over the last six months, the Daily Mirror has reported this week. Over the six month period, an average of 50 children a week were referred to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust's Gender Identity Development Service, including some as young as four years old. According to the newspaper, "around 40% of children who attend [the clinic] are prescribed puberty blocking drugs".
Young PeopleChristian Concern - 27th October 2017
 
A survey has suggested that 77% of Conservative councillors believe that school sex education should include teaching about the importance of traditional marriage. The poll, carried out for the Coalition for Marriage, also found that just 3% believe that "allowing transgender people to change their legal gender without the need for medical diagnosis" is likely to win the party votes at the next election.
PoliticsChristian Concern - 6th October 2017
 
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
 
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