ACL compiles a daily media monitoring service of stories of interest to the Christian constituency relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. Visit the ACL’s website each day to see what’s of interest in the news. Please note that selection of the articles does not represent ACL endorsement of the content.



 





Abortion

Abortion law backdown


Calla Wahlquist - The Examinier





Controversial legislation to decriminalise abortion in Tasmania will be softened in a bid to get it through Parliament. The cut-off point for abortion is likely to be dropped to 16 weeks' gestation in response to widespread criticism of the 24-week time frame included in the draft legislation released by Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne last month.
















A $65,000 Question of Conscience

Hobart Catholic





Refusing to refer a patient for an abortion because of conscientious objection could cost a doctor $65,000 if the draft Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Act 2013 becomes law. Similarly anyone protesting - no matter how peaceably - within 150 metres of a premises where abortions occur could be fined $65,000 or face 12 months in jail, or both.
















Classification

Smoke-free Shisha ad banned for 'glamourising smoking'


Bandt





An advert for an exercise machine called the StreetStrider and a promotion for a Shisha pipe which claims to be tobacco and nicotine free are the latest to be banned by the Advertising Standards Bureau. The StreetStrider gained complaints for 60-second infomercial style spot which showed adults and children using the machine, a hybrid of a stepper and a bike, on pavements and US footage showing people riding on the opposite side of the road from Australia.
















Drugs & Alcohol

NSW police seize guns and $1m of drugs


BigPond News





A police search of a ute on the NSW mid-north coast has led to the seizure of almost $1 million worth of cannabis. Guns and amphetamines were also found by officers who executed search warrants on two homes following the vehicle stop. Police first found two large hessian bags containing 57 kilograms of cannabis when they stopped and searched a Toyota Hilux in Lorne on Tuesday evening.












'I turned to prostitution to fund my alcohol addiction'

Daily Mail





A university student has admitted turning to prostitution to fund her alcohol addiction. Emma Gould became hooked on alcopops at just 15 years old and was soon downing up to 100 units a day - 86 more than the recommended weekly amount for women. The 22-year old, from Ipswich, has even admitted she spent a £30 per week Education Maintenance Allowance to fund her addiction, which saw her downing seven cans of lager a week at school between lessons to cope with exam and essay stress.




















Health

Anti-vaccination lobby causing danger: AMA


AAP





Doctors have called for sanctions against those peddling anti-immunisation information, after a new report found more than 76,000 Australian children had fallen behind with their vaccinations. The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) study, based on 2011/12 data from the Childhood Immunisation Register, identified 32 geographical areas where kids are most at risk.












SA passes end of life laws

SBS





End of life laws that enable people to give advance directions about their care have been passed in South Australia. South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling told SBS The advanced care directive makes it easier for people to leave instructions about their treatment, or lack of it, in the event they can no longer make such decisions for themselves.
















Politics

Christian lobby unifies against social changes


ABC





A document outlining the social concerns of Tasmanian Christians has been presented to Parliamentary speaker Michael Polley. The Salamanca Declaration was handed to Mr Polley on the steps of Parliament before tabling by the Opposition. The Tasmanian heads of the Anglican and Catholic Churches say the document has taken six months to create and represents 170,000 people.








Greens' Simon Sheikh tried the ALP first

Troy Bramston - The Australian





ACT Greens senate candidate Simon Sheikh was a financial member of the Labor Party from 2004 until 2008, when he resigned to head the left-wing political activist group GetUp! Mr Sheikh, 27, who made a virtue of his political impartiality while running GetUp! and regularly brushed off claims of Labor-Green bias, has not disclosed his past political affiliation in a range of media profiles or on his personal website.






















Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iranian Christians face captivity, persecution


John Waage - CBN News





The story of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini is focusing attention on the treatment of Christians in Iran. This week in Washington, DC, two Iranian Christian women told their own story of persecution at the hands of the Iranian authorities. Marziyeh Amirizadeh and Maryam Rostampour are co-authors of a new book called "Captive in Iran." They addressed a Hudson Institute panel on the plight of Christians under the Iranian regime.






Anti-Coptic Violence in Egypt

Tony Abbott - Media Statement





The Coalition is concerned that Egypt’s Copts continue to face great stress. In the latest incident, on 7 April, a funeral at Cairo’s St Mark’s Coptic cathedral for four Copts killed in sectarian violence came under attack resulting in a further death and many injuries. Tragically, the collapse of the Mubarak regime has led to increased violence against Egypt’s Coptic community. Since then, Copts around the world, including the tens of thousands in Australia, have been increasingly anxious about the difficult situation faced by members of their faith in Egypt.














Sexualisation of Society

I love sluts t-shirt


Cafe Press





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Other

California tax bill seeks to punish Scouts for gay ban


Lisa Leff - Associated Press





California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members — a move intended to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders. Some cities have withdrawn free rent and other subsidies from the Boy Scouts over the years, but legislation introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara would make California the first state to target the Scouts for its anti-gay policy.








Seize the initiative and encourage healthy role models for girls

Edwina McCann - The Daily Telegraph





After seeing shows this week in which I thought some girls looked too thin, I urge designers and stylists who are casting models for their runways to favour healthy looking body types. The time for change within our industry has well passed.