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

Photos: I regret my abortion


Barry Bowen - Life Site News





Although numerous feminists proclaim that abortion liberates women, there is another viewpoint worth hearing - the stories of women filled with regret after having an abortion. Many crisis pregnancy centers have started counseling women that are depressed from having an abortion. Support groups have also been formed to help women recover from their grief.










New York Times writer: More women need to rejoice over aborting “parasitic” babies

Matt Vespa - Life Site News





In Texas, it’s only a matter of hours until abortions are banned at 20 weeks. It’s a popular bill amongst those residing in The Lone Star State – with 62 percent supporting the law. Nationally, 50 percent of women and 52 percent of Millennials also want abortions to be banned at 20 weeks. Overall, only 14 percent of Americans support late-term abortions. The public is not with them, so pro-aborts vent their rage.


















Children & Family

People who undergo parental divorce during childhood have higher levels of inflammatory marker in blood


News Medical Net





People who experience parental divorce during childhood have higher levels of an inflammatory marker in the blood which is known to predict future health, according to new research from UCL. The study, published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, found that children who experienced the breakdown in their parents' relationship before the age of 16, regardless of whether their parents were married or not, had 16% higher levels of C-reactive protein at age 44. Long-term raised C-reactive protein is a known risk factor for diseases such as coronary heart disease and type II diabetes.
















Classification

Advertising watchdog clears provocative 'I'm having a lesbian' billboard


Natasha Bita - News Ltd





Billboards showing a pregnant woman "having a lesbian'' has been cleared by the advertising watchdog after complaints that it "sexualised children''. The Advertising Standards Bureau has thrown out both complaints against the ad promoting gay marriage. The billboards - now on display in Brisbane and likely to be rolled out nationally - show a pregnant woman with the slogan, "Congratulations, you're having a lesbian''.














Drugs & Alcohol

WHO reveals how tobacco control measures are improving health worldwide


Zoe Ferguson - The Conversation





The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013 shows more people worldwide are benefiting from tobacco control measures. The report, released today, said that 2.3 billion people living in 92 countries (a third of the world’s population) are now covered by at least one measure protecting them against tobacco’s effects. This figure has more than doubled in the past five years.


















Homelessness & Poverty

Housing crisis worsens as people forced to live in shipping containers at Canton Beach


Denice Barnes - Daily Telegraph





People are being forced to live in illegal shipping containers as the Central Coast affordable housing shortage worsens. There have also been unconfirmed reports of desperate people living in long-term storage hire facilities.
















Indigenous

Kevin Rudd 'ruins good work on vote', says Warren Mundine


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian





Former Labor Party president and indigenous leader Warren Mundine has accused Kevin Rudd of trying to destroy two years of work to create bipartisan support for an indigenous recognition referendum.














Overseas Aid

Bob Carr announces $3.2 million aid boost for Myanmar's Rakhine state


ABC





The Government has announced an additional $3.2 million in humanitarian assistance for people displaced by ethnic unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr is in Yangon for a meeting with president Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.










Syrian rebels disperse food protest with gunfire

Oliver Holmes - Reuters





Syrian rebels fired into the air to disperse a protest by civilians in a rebel-held district of Aleppo against a blockade preventing food and medicine reaching government-held areas of the northern city, residents said on Wednesday.














Politics

Is Rudd keeping the faith?


John Warhurst - Canberra Times





Once again Kevin Rudd's return puts a new twist on the subject of religion and politics. When he won the 2007 election there was considerable speculation about his attractiveness to church people. Indeed he had made it one of his tasks over the previous couple of years to win back Christians to the Labor fold. In the process this Catholic-cum-Anglican churchgoer built bridges effectively to Christian lobby groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby. Opinion varies as to whether it made much difference at the election, but it certainly didn't hurt.






















Refugees

Child asylum seeker being held 'jail-like' setting


ABC





Australia's Children's Commissioner has criticised the continued detention of an 11 year old asylum seeker from Sri Lanka, She says the unaccompanied minor is being held, together with two teenage cousins, in "jail like" conditions at Pontville Detention centre near Hobart in the island state of Tasmania.












Rudd expects asylum summit in months

The Mercury





Indonesia's regional summit on asylum seekers is likely to happen in the next few months, Kevin Rudd believes. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced the policy talkfest during Mr Rudd's visit to the country last week.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Egypt's Christians face backlash for Morsi ouster


Hamza Hendawi - Associated Press





With a mob of Muslim extremists on their tail, the Christian businessman and his nephew climbed up on the roof and ran for their lives, jumping from building to building in their southern Egyptian village. Finally they ran out of rooftops. Forced back onto the street, they were overwhelmed by several dozen men. The attackers hacked them with axes and beat them with clubs and tree limbs, killing Emile Naseem, 41. The nephew survived with wounds to his shoulders and head and recounted the chase to The Associated Press.
















Sexualisation of Society

ADF under increasing pressure over 'Jedi Council' sex ring


Ian McPhedran - News Limited





The Australian Defence Force is under growing pressure to sack several senior officers and elite troops involved in an email sex scandal that dates back several years. According to a well-placed source, state and federal police have become so frustrated by the slow pace of defence investigations that they have leaked material to the media to "gee up'' the military.


















Other

Girls gone wild


SMH





Across Australia, teenage girls are increasingly becoming involved in violent crime, reports Mandy Sayer.