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

Planned Parenthood spent $15 million to re-elect Obama


Steven Ertelt - LifeNews





The Planned Parenthood abortion business is jubilant about another four years of the United States under the helm of the most pro-abortion president in history. Although Planned Parenthood credits “women’s issues,” one women’s group says that’s not why Obama won. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, commented on the Obama victory. This is a resounding victory for women. More than ever before, women’s health was a decisive issue in this election. Americans today voted to ensure that women will have access to affordable health care and be able to make their own medical decisions,” she said.
















Classification

Conroy backs away from internet filter


Phillip Coorey - Sydney Morning Herald





The federal government has abandoned its long-standing commitment to introduce a national internet filter and will instead ban websites related only to child abuse. Following years of debate about trying to censor the internet, the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said the government would no longer proceed with ''mandatory filtering legislation''. It would, however, use powers under the Telecommunications Act to block hundreds of child abuse websites already identified on Interpol's ''worst of'' list.












Govt gives up plan for internet filter

AAP





Labor has abandoned its controversial plan to introduce an internet filter, but is banning all websites related to child abuse. The federal government will use its powers under the Telecommunications Act to block hundreds of child abuse websites already identified by Interpol, Fairfax reports. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said blocking these websites met "community expectations and fulfils the government's commitment to preventing Australian internet users from accessing child abuse material online".












New plan to block child abuse websites replaces Labor's online filter promise

Phillip Hudson - Herald Sun





The world's worst child abuse websites will be blocked by internet providers under a new plan that will see federal Labor formally dump its pledge to introduce a mandatory online filter for all computers. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will today announce new moves to require Australia's internet providers to block already illegal child abuse websites on Interpol's "worst of" list.
















Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Women who donate their eggs deserve compensation – here’s why


Meredith Nash - The Conversation





Women are generally born with about a million eggs. Yet, women with reproductive problems or “older” women (over the age of 40) often cannot conceive with their own eggs. The solution is to use donor eggs because it can improve their chances of pregnancy. The problem is, the demand for egg donors in Australia has increased significantly over the years and donor eggs are in short supply. So, should women who donate their eggs for reproduction be compensated?












Drugs & Alcohol

Pot initiative passes, assisted suicide failing


CBNNews





Voters in 38 states voted on 176 ballot measures on Election Day. Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. In Massachusetts, ballots are still being tallied, but it appears voters have rejected a move to legalize physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill.
















Education

Time to reform all colleges - uni chief


Nick Ralston - SMH





The furore over initiation rituals at St John's College has triggered a move to bring all four of Sydney's old religious colleges into the 21st century. The University of Sydney's vice-chancellor, Michael Spence, said the state government should now also review how Australia's oldest college, the Anglican-based St Paul's, and the protestant colleges Wesley and St Andrew's are governed.










Parents at Adelaide western-suburbs school told of sex abuse arrest, but silenced

Sheradyn Holderhead - The Advertiser





Some parents at a western suburbs school were informed that a staff member was arrested for the sexual abuse of a student more than a week after the incident, but were instructed by the Education Department not to tell others. The school governing council was told of the incident at an emergency meeting on December 9, 2010 - the day before school finished for the year - after the arrest of after-school care director Mark Christopher Harvey on December 1.














Euthanasia

Wisdom from Massachusetts


Mercator Net





The failure of a referendum on assisted suicide shows that "dying with dignity" is not a progressive cause. One positive lesson from Tuesday night is that assisted suicide should be struck from the progressive agenda. While voters re-elected Barack Obama, added two Democrat senators, elected an openly-lesbian senator in Wisconsin, supported or legalised same-sex marriage in four states, and legalised recreational cannabis in Colorado and Washington, in the playground of progressive politics, Massachusetts, they rejected physician-assisted suicide.
















Gambling

Push to ban online gambling at work


Jason Dowling - SMH





Gambling on the work computer or telephone should be banned for occupational health and safety reasons, just as smoking has been banned, according to a workplace relations specialist. A massive increase in online gambling opportunities, including those on social media sites, have led to warnings that businesses need to develop new IT and social media policies to protect workers and employers.










Marriage

US voters say 'I do' to marriage equality


AFP





Supporters of gay rights see real progress on the horizon after the re-election of "ally-in-chief" Barack Obama and important gains for same-sex marriage in four states. Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington approved marriage equality in referendums run in parallel with Tuesday's elections - the first time it has ever been approved at the ballot box in the United States.














Overseas Aid

Clean water is everything


Richard Marles - The Punch





Last Thursday, I visited a slum in Vasant Kunj, on the south-side of New Delhi, to see a water project which is being supported by AusAID, Australia’s overseas aid agency. To see taps running when we turn them on is a basic reality in Australia which we rightly take for granted. Yet, in a community where this is far from a reality, it is astounding to see how profoundly water affects every aspect of life. In the slums of Vasant Kunj, and across many large cities, meeting the need for water is fulfilled by a daily government water truck which delivers free water to the slum community.












Politics

Gillard backs bigger ACT parliament


AAP





Prime Minister Julia Gillard is comfortable with the idea of more politicians in Canberra, telling her local government minister that the ACT Legislative Assembly should be able to set its own size. For years, the ACT's local MPs have debated the need to increase the numbers in the territory's 17-member parliament. However, the size of the parliament is currently set by commonwealth legislation.
















Refugees

Five hundredth asylum seeker boat in five years


Gemma Jones and Steven Scott - The Daily Telegraph





The 500th boat on Labor's watch arrived as another 30 Sri Lankans were flown home on a charter jet yesterday - the latest involuntary return. Their departure came as 35 Sri Lankan asylum seekers were picked up off the Cocos Island on Wednesday. In the five years since Labor was elected 29,054 people have arrived on boats with almost half - 14,365 - arriving this year alone.












Why the increase in Sri Lankan asylum seekers?

James Jupp - The Conversation





Until recently most “boat people” seeking asylum in Australia have come from wartime situations or from dictatorships. But this is not the case for the increasing numbers coming from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, a country of 20 million, has had democratic institutions and practices since 1931, when universal suffrage (including for women) was granted by the British. Sri Lanka was a poor country, but well-educated and with a range of social services and subsidies which reached the majority rural population.
























Other

Old Etonian who opposes gay marriage set to be new Archbishop of Canterbury


Steve Doughty - Daily Mail





A former oil industry executive who opposes same sex marriage and the appointment of gay bishops emerged yesterday as the favoured candidate to take over as the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, will be announced as the successor to Dr Rowan Williams in the next 48 hours, sources at Westminster said.










It's a Girl documentary

Deb Malcolm - Facebook





The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of “gendercide”. Girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls.