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

France to cover 100 percent of abortion costs


AFP





France on Monday unveiled a package of reforms designed to increase access to abortion, including 100 percent reimbursement of medical costs by the state social security system.














Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Californian Governor vetoes Bill stating child can have more than two parents


Michael Gryboski - Christian Post





The governor of California has opted to veto a bill that would have allowed judges to state that a child can have more than two parents. Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 1476, issuing a statement on Sunday that while he sympathizes with the bill's intentions, he is concerned about unintended consequences of the legislation.
















Drugs & Alcohol

Taxi ranks shed light on Chapel St violence as Jill Meagher's death highlights late-night safety concerns


Amelia Harris and Erin Marie - Herald Sun





Illuminated taxi ranks have been rolled out in Chapel St in Melbourne's inner southeast in a bid to reduce violence in the party precinct. The State Government hailed the 18 ranks, to be officially launched today, as an Australian-first which it hoped would be adopted interstate.
















Education

Petty elitists need to be taught value of diversity


Greg Craven - SMH





The first principle of journalism is news should be interesting. The second principle is education stories are not interesting. Just now, this law has been broken. You cannot flick a page without confronting some alleged educational triumph or disaster.














Sex education plan targets teen pregnancies

ABC Tas





A new sex education strategy aims to reduce rates of teenage pregnancy and sexual diseases in Tasmania. Education Minister Nick McKim has launched the Relationships and Sexuality Education Strategy for government schools.
















Gambling

Gambling exec: Online regulations unlikely in 2012


Ken Ritter - SMH





It doesn't look like Congress will pass Internet gambling regulatory laws this year, the head of the industry's main lobbying group said Tuesday, as he cast online wagering hosted by sites overseas as one of the biggest threats to the casino industry in the United States.














Human Rights

Evangelists take preaching ban to High Court


Mike Sexton - ABC





Two evangelists have become the unlikely standard bearers for free speech in Australia as they fight a council ban on their preaching. The brothers' fire and brimstone sermons had become a regular piece of street theatre on Friday evenings in Adelaide's CBD.














Indigenous

Indigenous councils to rule on liquor bans


Steven Wardill - The Courier-Mail





Indigenous councils will be handed control over whether alcohol restrictions are lifted in their communities. The Newman Government will today unveil terms of reference for a review of alcohol-management plans, currently in place in 19 indigenous communities.










Cutbacks 'a risk to closing indigenous gap', says Jenny Macklin

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian





Massive cutbacks to Queensland's public service risk stalling initiatives to close the gap on indigenous housing disadvantage, Jenny Macklin has warned Premier Campbell Newman.












Marriage

How marriage equality was defeated in Tasmania


Rodney Croome - Online Opinion





The nation knows that Tasmania’s move to allow same-sex marriages has failed, for now, following a vote of 8 to 6 against the Same-Sex Marriage Bill the state Upper House last week. But what many people don’t know is how close the Bill came to passing, and the real reason was for its final defeat.














Overseas Aid

Doctors Without Borders launch TV news


Jacqueline Le - AAP





A new online humanitarian news channel will operate for a month in bid to improve Australia's awareness of international issues. The global medical and humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) launched www.msf.tv in partnership with Fairfax on Tuesday, inviting viewers to "go where others don't"










Australian aid flows to UN backers

Gemma Jones - News Limited Network





Australian aid spending in Africa, the Caribbean, South East Asia and the Pacific has increased by more than $2.9 billion since the government announced its bid for the UN Security Council. Countries traditionally not supported by Australia, which the government believes are now backing the bid, have been lavished with tens of millions of dollars.














Politics

Is there a future for the left?


Geoff Gallop - Brisbane Times





Once upon a time it was easy to define "left-wing". It meant someone who believed in the socialisation of the means of production, distribution and exchange, in other words a socialist. On that basis other distinctions could then be made – firstly between revolutionary socialists and democratic socialists. Part of the difference here related to what socialisation would mean in practice but mostly it related to how socialism was to be achieved.
















Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Women used as sex slaves in Melbourne and Sydney


AAP





Up to 2000 women are trafficked into Australia every year and effectively forced to work as sex slaves in Sydney and Melbourne, a new study has found. Lots of the victims are young Asians who are duped into working at the brothels and seedy red light dens in the two cities.














Taking the war to the sex traffickers

Drew Zahne - WND





On Oct. 19, a new army will be recruited to combat the frightening abduction of thousands of children in the U.S. each year, some of whom are subject to sexual abuse and even slavery.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Syrian Christians feel pull from both sides in civil war


Caelainn Hogan - The Washington





Christians in Syria say they are coming under increasing pressure to choose sides in the 18-month-old civil war that has engulfed their country, as Syria’s foreign minister, in a speech Monday, accused some members of the U.N. Security Council of supporting “terrorism.” “[Both sides] want us in this war,” said Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar, whose congregation in the Christian quarter of the capital, Damascus, said it can’t trust the government or the rebels.






















Other

Amid the pessimism, Facebook loses friends


Michael Gordon - SMH





Australians are beginning to turn against Facebook, with an increasing number of users rejecting the culture of ''narcissism and self-absorption'' they say it promotes, according to the latest snapshot of the nation's mind and mood. They are also more pessimistic about the future, increasingly worried about their job security, and scathing in their criticism of the Gillard government, but unsure whether a change to Tony Abbott's Coalition would make any difference.












Self-harming and premature death: an interview with Prof Keith Hawton, University of Oxford Centre for Suicide Research

Cashin-Garbutt - News Medical





Please could you give a brief introduction to self-harming? “Self-harm” is the term used in the UK, much of Europe and elsewhere, to describe intentional self-poisoning or self-injury. Thus it includes overdoses, attempted hanging, self-cutting etc.














Trying to 'convert' gay people unethical, British therapists told in new guidelines

Peter Walker - SMH





Britain's biggest professional body for psychotherapists has told members it is unethical for them to attempt to ''convert'' gay people to being heterosexual, formalising a policy change long demanded by rights groups.