Key Quotes for 2017

Key Quotes for 2017

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Last update: Thursday 14th December
 
This afternoon, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) held its General Council meeting at which it was decided that the RCOG would formally back the complete removal of all legal restrictions and sanctions regarding abortion.
HealthCARE Impact Direct - 22nd September 2017
 
Following a judgment handed down by the Court of Protection this week, a court ruling will no longer be needed before food and fluid can be withdrawn from severely brain damaged patients. A request for the Court to make a decision can still be made; however, the judgment this week makes clear that it is not necessary if there is agreement between clinicians and family members.
HealthCARE Impact Direct - 22nd September 2017
 
A recent survey of young people found that 50 per cent are bullied due to their appearance, 19 per cent because of their grades, and 14 per cent because of their household income. Just four per cent of children report being bullied because of their sexuality.
Young PeopleThe Christian Institute - 15th September 2017
 
Some students have run up gambling debts of £10,000 or more, a Gambling Commission director has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. Ben Haden said his organisation was concerned about the impact gambling was having on undergraduates.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct (BBC) - 15th September 2017
 
Online pornography is being blamed for a record number of sex crimes by under-18s in Scotland. A total of 407 people were reported for rape, attempted rape, sexual assault or other sex crimes in 2015/16. That included 48 under-16s charged with rape or attempted rape.
CrimeCARE Impact Direct (The Herald) - 8th September 2017
 
Supermarket chain Lidl has provoked criticism after removing crosses from a picture of a church that features on an own-brand food range. The crosses were apparently digitally removed from the image of an iconic Greek Orthodox church.
Food and DrinkChristian Concern - 8th September 2017
 
The annual British Social Attitudes survey has suggested that for the first time, over half of British adults now describe themselves as having 'no religion', although 'no religion' is not the same as identifying as 'atheist' or 'humanist'. There has been a particularly steep decline in those identifying as Anglican.
Religion/SpiritualityChristian Concern - 8th September 2017
 
Sharing the gospel may be set to become an illegal activity in Nepal after an ‘anti-conversion’ Bill was passed in parliament. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a religious freedom charity, has said it is “deeply concerned” about the Bill – which criminalises the ‘hurting of religious sentiment’. Anyone from Nepal caught committing an offence faces up to five years in prison and a £600 fine.
Religious PersecutionThe Christian Institute -
 
An atheist group has demanded that US Senator Marco Rubio stops using his personal Twitter account to post Bible verses. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is claiming that his tweets are a violation of the US Constitution’s First Amendment.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 1st September 2017
 
Over 700 babies were born addicted to drugs in Scotland over the past five years, new figures have shown. The number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – caused by exposure to addictive opiate drugs in the womb – varied across a number of different health boards.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 1st September 2017
 
More than 2 million people in the UK are either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction, according to the industry regulator, which warned that the government and industry were not doing enough to tackle the problem. The report by the Gambling Commission estimated that the number of British over-16s deemed to be problem gamblers had grown by a third in three years, suggesting that about 430,000 people suffer from a serious habit.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct (The Guardian) - 1st September 2017
 
This week, it has been announced that 888 – one of Britain’s biggest online gambling firms – is set to pay a record fine of more than £7.8 million, having failed to protect its customers. Specifically, 888’s self-exclusion mechanisms were found not to be robust enough such that more than 7,000 gamblers who had chosen to self-exclude were still able to access their accounts and gamble. During the 13 months this error went unnoticed, one customer staked more than £1.3 million, including £55k stolen from their employer.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsCARE Impact Direct - 1st September 2017
 
New research conducted for Stand Up to Cancer shows that the average British adult gives over £28,000 in total to charity during their lifetime. The study, commissioned by Hyundai UK and Stand Up To Cancer, which is part of Cancer Research UK, showed that the average UK adult gives over £28,000 to charity in a lifetime; with over £16,000 being given through direct debts, around £8,000 worth of donations to shops and more than £1,000 to collection boxes during their lifetime.
MoneyCivil Society Media - 23rd August 2017
 
The Governor of Texas has signed into law a Bill which protects pro-life advocates from having to pay for abortions in the state. House Bill 214 means that abortions are no longer automatically covered by private health insurance, but women can opt to pay extra for the cover.
World IssuesThe Christian Institute - 18th August 2017
 
Drug-related deaths reached a record high in Scotland last year, new figures have revealed. There were 867 drug-related deaths in 2016, a 23 per cent increase on 2015. There are now two and a half times more drug deaths in Scotland compared to the UK as a whole and more deaths per capita than any other EU country.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 18th August 2017
 
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