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 pill to be just $12 with government funding


Tory Shepherd - The Daily Telegraph





Abortion drugs are set to be made easily available for as little as $11.80 following recommendations to be handed down today. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee is widely expected to agree that controversial drug RU486 should be subsidised by the federal government. This would mean that within months the price will drop from up to $800 to $5.90 for concession card holders for each of the two drugs needed for a medical abortion - $11.80 in total. They will cost up to $36.10 each for non-concession holders.












Decision could cut 'abortion pill' from $350 to $12

Melissa Davey - SMH





The federal government's Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee will release its recommendations on the ''abortion drug'' RU486 on Friday, including whether it should be subsidised by taxpayers. Presently, it costs between $250 and $350. Subsidising could cut this cost to as little as $12.












Defence rests in abortion doctor trial

Bigpond News





Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has ended the defence in his murder trial in a US court without testifying and without presenting a single witness.








Health

Cheaper to kill than save


Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun





Reader CA is intrigued by the priorities: Reduced funding for cancer treatments but increased funding for abortion drugs?


















Marriage

Joy, anger as France legalises same-sex marriage


Barbara Miller - ABC Religion





The French parliament defied months of angry protests overnight as it approved a bill to make France the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage. The lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, voted 331 to 225 to adopt the bill, which allows homosexual marriages and adoptions by gay couples. The vote follows weeks of divisive debate in the French parliament, and mass street rallies by supporters and opponents of the move. Noisy protesters were ordered out of the chamber before the vote.


















Refugees

Guantanamo lawyer to defend Nauru 10


Bianca Hall - SMH





There's a certain similarity between the fate of asylum seekers detained on Nauru and Manus Island and terror accused David Hicks, retired Marine Corps lawyer Michael [Dan] Mori acknowledges. Both are often maligned in public opinion, he says, but asylum seekers – like Hicks – have struggled to get proper legal representation. And that's where he comes along.














Other

Tragedy of young lives lost remembered in Gallipoli


Ruth Pollard - SMH





As thousands gathered along the tiny stretch of coast where so many Australians died on the unforgiving battlefields of Gallipoli, a clear dawn sky emerged out of the cold, moonlit night and a hush descended on the already subdued crowd. About 5200 mainly Australians and New Zealanders gathered at Anzac Cove on Turkey's Aegean coast for the dawn service to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the failed Gallipoli campaign – to mourn and to remember.