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

Tasmania's abortion bill passes


Calla Wahlquist - The Examiner





Abortion legislation has passed the House of Assembly after conservative Labor politicians voted in support of the bill. Attorney-General Brian Wightman, Denison Labor MHA Graeme Sturges and Braddon Labor MHA Brenton Best spoke in support of the Reproductive Health Bill last night, guaranteeing Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne the crucial 13 votes.






After outcry, grisly trial of abortion doctor gets notice

Evann Gastaldo - Newser





Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the abortion provider accused of murdering seven viable fetuses and causing the death of one pregnant woman in a botched procedure, has been on trial for four weeks. But, despite the grisly charges, the trial has received mostly local attention until now, the New York Times reports. That fact spurred a massive outcry in the last week, with critics asserting the national media was ignoring the trial because it revolves around a late-term abortion reality that pro-choice advocates would rather not discuss.


















Bioethics

Another controversial legacy


Michael Cook - Mercator Net





Robert Edwards, the inventor of IVF, died two days after Margaret Thatcher. History may show that his impact was even greater than hers. The creator of the first IVF baby, 2010 Nobel Laureate Robert Edwards, died last week. Obituaries and eulogies by colleagues, friends and admirers spoke of a passionate man with boundless energy, driven by a desire to bring happiness to infertile couples. Since he is directly responsible for the birth of some five million children since the first IVF baby in 1978, his legacy is worth pondering.
















Drugs & Alcohol

Super pot party to get joint jumping


AP





Thousands of people are expected to join an unofficial counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana in two US states this weekend, including stoners on packaged tours. The events and crowds will test the limits of new laws permitting pot use by adults in Washington and Colorado.
















Gambling

State Government pokies plan to tackle problem gambling


Laauren Kovak - Adelaide Now





A proposed shake-up of the gaming industry will concentrate poker machines in larger venues and introduce stricter measures to tackle problem gambling, the State Government says. From mid next year, gaming venues will have the option to increase the number of machines on-site from 40 to 60 but will have to agree to introduce stricter measures to tackle problem gambling.












Cash for Packer? CVC eyes Betfair

Colin Kruger - SMH





The private equity owner of Formula One racing, which took a financial drubbing on its ownership of the Nine Network last year, is considering a takeover bid for gambling group Betfair - another venture associated with James Packer. The UK-listed shares of Betfair jumped 12 per cent on Monday after CVC Capital Partners said it was in talks with a Betfair investor about making a bid for the group valued at 800 million pound sterling ($1.2 billion).


















Indigenous

Need to embrace Aboriginal success


Emma Alberici - Australian Broadcasting Corporation





Indigenous leader Noel Pearson says that money and materialism shouldn't be seen as an anathema to Aboriginal identity because it isn't seen as an anathema to the rest of the Australian community.














Marriage

Legalize Polygamy!


Jillian Keenan - The Slate





While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let’s not forget that the fight doesn’t end with same-sex marriage. We need to legalize polygamy, too. Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families.










Woman finds out her husband has another wife after changing status on Facebook

Katie Bice - Herald Sun





A newlywed found out her "husband" was already married after getting a message on Facebook. The Melbourne woman, 38, was married to her 40-year-old partner in a civil ceremony. The Family Court heard that the couple's celebrant had asked for evidence to confirm the man's divorce. He told the celebrant and his fiancee there was no record of his marriage from 16 years earlier and the union had never been valid. The wedding went ahead. A short time later the woman received a Facebook message. "Hello, new Mrs Keyet. How can you be Mrs Keyet when I am still Mrs Keyet? From the old Mrs Keyet," it said.










Marriage is mother + father = kids

Jim Wallace - Illawarra Mercury





If some in popular culture are to be believed, redefining marriage to include same-sex couples is straight forward and has no adverse consequences. This idea has gone unchallenged in part because of a fundamental shift in society from the community to the individual. Where once change was judged on its impact on the common good, now extreme individualism seeks its good first. This mindset was on display in last week’s ABC 7.30 piece on polyamorous relationships.
















Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Woman sold her daughter, 9, for sex


Sarah Elks - The Australian





The first person convicted of child trafficking in Australia could serve just four years in jail after yesterday confessing to flying her nine-year-old daughter from Thailand to work as a prostitute in her Brisbane brothel. Queensland Supreme Court judge David Boddice slammed the mother of three as "shocking, despicable and reprehensible" for subjecting her own daughter to acts of "increasing depravity" by paying customers for seven years.














Refugees

PNG Manus Island centre found wanting by Australian Immigration


ABC Radio Australia





It's what refugee advocates have been saying all along. Now, Australia's Immigration Department has come forward and criticised its own processing centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island. It says the living arrangements in the temporary camp are putting people at risk of illness, mental health problems and self-harm.












Religious Freedom & Persecution

American pastor imprisoned in Iran given ultimatum to deny Christ or remain in prison


Heather Clark - Christian News





An American pastor who was sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison for planting house churches in the country says that officials in Iran have given him the ultimatum to either deny Christ or remain incarcerated. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has been working for the pastor’s release, reports that they have obtained a new letter written by Saeed Abedini, which outlines the pressure that he is facing behind bars.














Missing Christian girls leave trail of tears

Inter Press Service





When a young Christian girl goes missing in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, her family will call on a certain Muslim sheikh in the nearby town of El-Ameriya. The local Salafi leader, whose ultra-conservative views condone the marriage of girls as young as nine, has a history of abducting Coptic Christian girls and forcing them to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men, claim rights activists. And so the sheikh and his associates are the natural starting point for any investigation into missing underage Christian girls. And, according to activists, that is usually where they find them.
















Other

S&P faces $100m class action


Clancy Yeates - SMH





Standard & Poor's is facing a class action worth more than $100 million over its decision to stamp top-notch credit ratings on complex products that inflicted hefty losses on local councils. In a move tipped to pave the way for similar actions overseas, a group of 90 councils, churches and charities filed a legal claim against the credit rating agency in the Federal Court on Tuesday.












When we have to airbrush flesh onto models you know we’ve got a problem

Melinda Tankard Reist - Herald Sun





When fashion publishers feel they have to use photo-shop to ‘‘fatten up’’ models in a major fashion event before they can publish their images, you know there’s a problem. Usually when fashion and beauty publications employ digital enhancement it’s for the opposite reason: to slim down the model or celebrity and hide ‘‘flaws’’.










How Francis will rebuild the Church: The reforms of the New World Pope

Andrea Tornielli - ABC Religion and Ethics





With his simplicity and his frugality, which are neither a studied pose nor the product of a media strategy, Pope Francis has already sent in the first days of his pontificate an important signal of change. His rejection of the "flagship" of the Vatican fleet of automobiles, his reduction of the security detail that had ended up confining the pope, his decision not to move into the "papal" appartment but to remain in more modest living quarters, and his intention to remain close to the people are already definite indications of change.