Key Quotes for 2006

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Last update: Wednesday 25th March
Since the Abortion Act was passed in 1967, 6,231,033 babies have lost their lives. The annual attrition rate in Britain from abortion in now more than 200,000 babies every year. This represents a tripling of the number since 1967 and each year the number keeps rising. Put another way, more than 600 babies are aborted every day; more than 3,000 a year are killed after 20 weeks, disabled babies can be aborted (in cases such as cleft palate or Down’s syndrome) up to birth. In fact, during 2004 alone some 450 babies were aborted for having Down’s syndrome.

HealthThe Universe – 15th January 2006
Disturbing new evidence has appeared that up to 10 million unborn babies have been the victims of state sponsored gendercide in India in the last 20 years. Research in Chandigarh, India, showed that for the year 2001 for every 1,000 male babies born in India, there were just 933 girls. The study examined data from 134,000 births in 1997 among 6 million people living in 1.1 million households in India. The researchers found that in 1997, between 590,000 and 740,000 girls were aborted in India.

World IssuesThe Universe – 15th January 2006
Research published by the University of Oslo indicates that women who have abortions suffer more long term mental distress than those who have miscarriages during pregnancy. According to the study, after five years just 2.6% of women in the miscarriage group were still suffering distress compared with 20% in the abortion group.

HealthThe Universe – 25th December 2005
Three out of 10 disabled adults of working age live in poverty in the UK – this figure is up on 10 years ago.

MoneyChristian Herald - 24th/31st December 2005
Nearly six million children die from hunger or malnutrition every year, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

HealthEvangelical Times – January 2006
Converts to Christianity in Chiapas face an ultimatum from power hungry, mafia type cacique landlords: Leave your faith or leave the area! The problem is getting ever more difficult as thousands of indigenous Indians become Christians every year, with evangelical Christians now forming 35% of the population in Chiapas, compared to 5% elsewhere in Mexico.

Religious PersecutionChristian Herald – 7th January 2006
People over 6 feet tall are 27% more likely to be injured in a car crash than someone shorter.

Odd Facts6ft+ - Winter 2005
The National Blood Service (NBS) needs to collect 8,000 donations of blood every day for 310 hospitals. Currently only 5% of the eligible population are blood donors. Over 95% of the blood collected is processed into its main components – red cells, platelets and plasma. Donors can give blood three times per year. Giving blood takes about an hour from start to finish but the actual donation only takes 10-15 minutes. A regular supply of blood is vital – red cells last only 35 days and platelets only 5 days. A large hospital will use 18,000 – 30,000 units a year.

HealthThe Sentinel – 15th December 2005
Health chiefs issued a warning after it emerged children as young as 11 were using sunbeds. Researchers discovered that 8% of schoolchildren, aged 11 and 12 had used tanning beds in the past 12 months.

HealthThe Sentinel – 14th December 2005
The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) said that malnutrition costs the UK more than £7.3 billion in expenditure each year. This was double one estimate of the cost of obesity, which is put at around £3.5 billion.

HealthThe Sentinel – 14th December 2005
The number of households regarded as homeless has dropped by 23%. The figures showed there were 7,350 fewer homeless households in England compared with the same period in 2004.

HousingThe Sentinel – 13th December 2005
Nigeria has 80 million people living on less than $1 (58p) a day.

MoneyThe Baptist Times – 8th December 2005
A survey of some 2,000 office employees by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists showed that more than two thirds had pains in their back, neck or upper limbs because they sat for too long at their workstation. One in four admitted they did not leave their desk for a break for three hours, while 5% remained seated for more than six hours.
Almost five million working days were lost in the UK through bad backs in 2003-04 with sufferers taking an average of 20 days off.

HealthThe War Cry – 10th December 2005
A new survey shows the majority of Americans think religion is under attack and losing its influence in American life.

Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now – January 2006
The number of women buying the morning after pill from chemists has nearly doubled in a year. The proportion now buying the drugs over the counter instead of going to a GP or an accident department, has risen sharply from 27% in 2003-04 to 50% in 2004-05.

HealthEvangelicals Now – January 2006
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