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Question 1
How many unborn children have lost their lives to abortion since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973?
A
9 million
B
27 million
C
53 million
D
89 million
Question 1 Explanation: 
53 million. There is currently no federal requirement to report abortions, and state reporting requirements also vary from one state to another. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute (GI) use different methods of data collection: GI (originally founded as Planned Parenthood’s research arm) obtains its numbers from direct surveys of abortion providers, while CDC surveys state health departments. GI’s figures, the basis for this estimate, are considered more complete.
Question 2
How many successful treatments for so-called incurable diseases have been developed using stem cells harvested from human embryos that were destroyed to obtain them?
A
0
B
12
C
45
D
73
Question 2 Explanation: 
0. While at least two companies have started early clinical trials using cells derived from human embryonic stem cells, one trial was discontinued after disappointing early results, and no trial has shown benefits for patients in peer-reviewed medical or scientific literature.
Question 3
How many successful treatments for so-called incurable diseases have been developed using stem cells from adult tissue sources, causing no harm to the stem cell donor?
A
0
B
12
C
45
D
73
Question 3 Explanation: 
73. For a list of the 73 conditions that have shown patient benefits from human adult and cord blood stem cells, with citations to the peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature documenting these benefits, see www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm.
Question 4
How many U.S. children live in a household that is “food insecure,” which means it can’t provide enough food for its members at some point during the year?
A
2.2 million
B
8.2 million
C
12.2 million
D
16.2 million
Question 4 Explanation: 
16.2 million. According to the USDA (http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/child-hunger-facts.aspx), over 16.2 million children lived in food insecure (low food security and very low food security) households in 2010.
Question 5
The official poverty rate in America is:
A
9.8%
B
11.5%
C
15.1%
D
22.4%
Question 5 Explanation: 
The official poverty rate in America is 15.1% – the highest level in 17 years. (United States Census Bureau (“Census”) annual report for 2010)
Question 6
How long has the average jobless worker been unemployed?
A
6 months
B
9 months
C
10 months
D
12 months
Question 6 Explanation: 
10 months. Approximately 24 million people (23.8) are unemployed or underemployed--a real unemployment rate around 15 percent and the average jobless worker has been unemployed for forty weeks – 10 months.
Question 7
According to a 2009 survey by The Polling Company, Inc., what percentage of American adults believed it is important to make sure that health care professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections?
A
28%
B
42%
C
65%
D
87%
Question 7 Explanation: 
87%. In an April 2009 survey by The Polling Company, Inc., 87% of American adults believed it is important (and 65% saw it as very important) to “make sure that health care professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections.”
Question 8
How many patients who are hospitalized in the United States each year are cared for in a Catholic hospital?
A
1 in 9
B
1 in 6
C
1 in 5
D
1 in 3
Question 8 Explanation: 
1 in 6. Catholic hospitals care for 1 in 6 patients in the United States each year, and provide the full continuum of health care through more than 2,000 sponsors, systems, facilities, and related organizations, employing 725,000 individuals.
Question 9
According to a study released in the September 2011 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, what percentage of practicing ob/gyns performs abortions?
A
14%
B
25%
C
50%
D
70%
Question 9 Explanation: 
14%. According to a study released in the September 2011 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 14% of practicing ob/gyns perform abortions.
Question 10
Children raised in intact married families are less likely to:
A
Be physically and sexually abused
B
Use drugs or alcohol
C
Become pregnant/impregnate someone as a teenager
D
All of the above
Question 10 Explanation: 
All of the above. Social science research continues to affirm the benefits children receive by being raised by their own married father and mother, each of whom brings unique gifts to the shared task of parenting, that is, fathering and mothering. For an overview of pertinent research, see http://old.usccb.org/laity/marriage/children.shtml. And for more background on the Church’s teaching about the importance of fathers and mothers, see http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/children-faq/.
Question 11
Unauthorized migrants take advantage of our welfare system to their own advantage and at the taxpayer’s expense.
A
True
B
False
Question 11 Explanation: 
False. On a federal level, and with very few exceptions (for example, prenatal care), unauthorized immigrants are ineligible to receive assistance through means tested public benefits. On a state level, individual states have to make an affirmative legislative decision to provide services to the unauthorized populations; the default position is such that the unauthorized population is prohibited from receiving such benefits.
Question 12
Undocumented immigrants pay taxes.
A
True
B
False
Question 12 Explanation: 
True. Undocumented immigrants pay taxes. Between 50-75% of undocumented immigrants pay federal, state and local taxes. Further still, undocumented workers pay sales taxes where applicable and property taxes—directly if they own and indirectly if they rent.
Question 13
Studies show that unauthorized immigrants provide a net gain of how much to the Social Security system each year?
A
$8 million
B
$100 million
C
$650 million
D
$7 billion
Question 13 Explanation: 
$7 billion. 7 billion dollars is the number commonly cited by experts as the amount that unauthorized migrants contribute to the Social Security trust fund annually. Because they are unable to collect social security due to their unauthorized status, this money helps to ensure the funds long term viability for future generations of retirees.
Question 14
Torture is intrinsically evil.
A
True
B
False
Question 14 Explanation: 
True. Torture is an intrinsic evil because it is a violation of the dignity of the human person, who is made in the image and likeness of God. Even those who may have done evil never shed their intrinsic dignity.
Question 15
What percent of victims maimed or killed by landmines and cluster munitions are civilians?
A
20%
B
40%
C
70%
D
90%
Question 15 Explanation: 
Ninety percent of people killed or maimed by landmines and cluster munitions are non-military civilians. In addition, 30-40 percent of those killed or maimed by landmines are children. The United States and Cuba are the only countries in the Western Hemisphere who have not yet signed the Mine Ban Treaty which bans the use of landmines.
Question 16
Life-saving poverty-focused international assistance that fights hunger, disease and poverty makes up what percent of the U.S. federal budget?
A
1%
B
4%
C
11%
D
16%
Question 16 Explanation: 
1%. Life-saving poverty-focused international assistance that fights hunger, disease and poverty makes up less than 1% of the U.S. federal budget. These life-saving programs include agricultural assistance for subsistence farmers, vaccines for preventable diseases, assistance to orphans and vulnerable children, disaster assistance in places like Haiti, peacekeeping forces to protect innocent civilians in troubled areas such as Sudan and the Congo, and support to migrants and refugees fleeing conflict or persecution in nations such as Iraq.
Question 17
Which of the following are effects of climate change:
A
Increased temperatures
B
Rising sea levels
C
Changes in rainfall that contribute to more frequent and severe floods and droughts
D
All of the above
Question 17 Explanation: 
All of the above. Increased temperatures, rising sea levels, and changes in rainfall are all impacts of climate change, and they affect people living in poverty the worst, even though these people contribute the least to climate change. In many poor countries, these impacts of climate change have led to increasingly limited access to water, reduced crop yields, more widespread disease, increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, and conflict over declining resources—making the lives of the world’s poorest people even more precarious.
Question 18
People with disabilities have a much more difficult time finding the resources they need to live in dignity.
A
True
B
False
Question 18 Explanation: 
True. In 2008, the Census Bureau started collecting statistics on disability status as a way to study the intersection of poverty and disability. The data clearly demonstrate that people with disabilities have a much more difficult time finding the resources they need to live in dignity. In 2010, 28 percent of people with disabilities lived in poverty, a rate over twice as high as people without a disability (12 percent).
There are 18 questions to complete.

(Questions and answers provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)