Key Quotes for 2016

Key Quotes for 2016

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Last update: Monday 22nd July
 
Norway’s health ministry has ruled that women from abroad who are pregnant with twins may use Norway's medical services to abort one of the twins, if they so wish. The procedure, referred to as 'selection reduction abortion', was legalised in Norway this February.
World IssuesChristian Concern - 21st October 2016
 
The Department of Health is to roll out a pre-natal for Down's syndrome in 2018, despite warnings that it will lead to an increase in the number of Down's babies being aborted. The decision was met with deep disappointment by the Down's community and medical professionals, and comes despite months of asking that those with Down's and their families be properly consulted.
HealthChristian Concern - 4th November 2016
 
The UK is still the most generous country in Europe, but has slipped from sixth to eighth in the world, according to the latest CAF World Giving Index.
MoneyCivil Society News - 25th October 2016
 
A widely reported survey by consultancy firm The Gild has found that young people today are the most socially conservative since the Second World War. The survey of more than 2000 people, released last month, found that 59% of the ‘Generation Z’ respondents (aged 14 and 15) said they have “conservative” views on same-sex marriage, transgender rights and cannabis legislation. The news sparked interest because 83% of millennials (born 1980-2000) and 85% of Generation X (born 1965-1980) said they were “quite” or “very liberal”. Only those respondents born before 1945 were found to be more socially conservative than the 14 and 15 year olds.
Young PeopleCoalition for Marriage - 25th October 2016
 
The UK's first national sperm bank has only managed to recruit seven donors in the two years since its launch. The initiative, based in Birmingham, was given a £77,000 government grant in 2014 to get started, but has now abandoned efforts to recruit new donors.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 28th October 2016
 
New research has found that over a third of 14 to 15 year olds in Scotland have received an explicit image on their mobile phones.
Young PeopleThe Christian Institute - 28th October 2016
 
The number of volunteers in charity shops has fallen by around 6 per cent, according to data from this year's Charity Shops Survey.
ShoppingCivil Society News - 20th September 2016
 
People wanting to be euthanised are travelling to Belgian accident and emergency departments and asking to be killed. Last year, more than 2,000 people were euthanised in Belgium – more than double the number five years earlier.
HealthThe Christian Institute - 26th August 2016
 
A new study by highly reputable scholars Dr Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr Paul R. McHugh shows evidence challenging the popular claim that sexual orientation is innate. It highlights the prevalence of mental health issues amongst the LGBT community and links a same-sex lifestyle with environmental factors such as childhood abuse.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 26th August 2016
 
Almost 150 people in Ireland have obtained legal recognition of their self-determined gender in the past year. Since legislation was passed last year, Department of Social Protection figures show that gender recognition certificates have been issued to 149 people. The Irish legislation, which reflects UK law, permits over-18s to identify as the gender of their choice, without validation from a medical professional. It is the fourth country in the world to allow this.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 19th August 2016
 
The Office for National Statistics has released figures that show more people aged 16 to 24 now identify as bisexual (1.8%), than those who identify as gay or lesbian combined (1.5%). It also reveals that the 16 to 24 age group has the largest percentage of those identifying in this way, 3.3%.
Young PeopleChristian Concern - 7th October 2016
 
Charity shops saw their profits fall by around 12 per cent in the last year, according to figures collected in this year's Charity Shops Survey.
ShoppingCivil Society News - 3rd October 2016
 
A report published this week has revealed that organised crime and exploitation are rife in the off-street sex market but is not given high priority by local police forces. 77 per cent of the brothels studied in the city of Bristol showed links to organised crime and there were multiple signs of exploitation throughout the sector.
CrimeCARE Impact Direct - 30th September 2016
 
A sperm bank has introduced a mobile phone app, believed to be the first of its kind, for women to select a sperm donor of their choice to father a child. London Sperm Bank Donors, nicknamed the ‘order a daddy’ app, allows women to ‘browse’ potential fathers based on desired characteristics, including physical traits and education level. Critics say that this app promotes eugenics and further undermines and trivialises parenthood, making both father and child a commodity.
FamilyChristian Concern - 30th September 2016
 
UK adoption figures have dropped by 12% over the past year, in what is thought to be a failing of the government’s adoption policy, with more children going to foster parents and kinship carers. Although figures had risen over the past few years, after David Cameron introduced reforms, the number of children adopted fell from 5,360 in 2015 to 4,690 in 2016.
FamilyChristian Concern - 30th September 2016
 
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