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

Gosnell uncovers what Roe wrought


Sheila Liaugminas - Mercator Net





Undercover videos show Gosnell is no ‘aberration.’ Some honest advocates of ‘choice’ are seriously reconsidering their whole premise and belief system in light of recent news. While some ‘abortion rights’ activists are coming unglued over these revelations.
















It’s a Trick

Pro-choice groups love this movie. Its director worked for a pro-life ministry. How did that happen?


Sital Kalantry - Slate





It’s a Girl, a documentary about the tragic practice of sex-selection abortions in India and China, is being widely screened by pro-choice groups across America, including the New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization for Women and feminist groups on university campuses. It was an official selection for the Amnesty International Film Festival in 2012 and appeared in Ms. magazine’s feminist movies review. But as organizations and groups evaluate whether to screen this movie, they should be aware that the film’s director worked for Harvest Media Ministry, an organization that makes pro-life and other videos for church groups.










Abortion drugs wake-up call

Kevin McGovern - Eureka Street





In obstetrics, a fetus is an unborn child who is recognisably human and in whom all the major structures and organ systems are already present. An embryo is an unborn child from an earlier stage of development. An embryo becomes a fetus about eight weeks after fertilisation. The 'abortion drug' RU486 kills embryos. RU486 or mifepristone destroys the lining of the womb so that the developing embryo is detached, deprived of nutrients, and dies of starvation. A day or two later, another drug called misoprostol is used to induce contractions and to expel the now-dead embryo.










The three deadliest words in the world

Clementine Ford - SMH





In 1985, Mary Anne Warren coined the term gendercide to refer to the ritual eradication of women and girls throughout the world. More recently, the heartbreaking film It's a Girl documents the effects of this practice on the numbers of girls and women in China and India. It makes for difficult viewing, particularly when confronted with the kinds of survivors who have internalised their worthlessness to a point where they see the infanticide of girl children as a reasonable solution to the burden of giving birth to girls.








Baby sex-selection tours increasingly popular with Australian couples using IVF

Natasha Bita - News Limited





Clucky couples are taking overseas ''sex tours'' - to choose their baby's gender using IVF in foreign fertility clinics. Global Health Travel is offering baby sex-selection trips to Thailand and Malaysia. For $12,000, couples can spend 11 days in a luxury Bangkok hotel while they have IVF treatment to choose a baby boy or girl.












Bioethics

World's first GM babies born


Michael Hanlon - Daily Mail





The world's first geneticallymodified humans have been created, it was revealed last night. The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics. So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three 'parents'.
















Children & Family

Federal budget takes $17 billion hit


Judith Ireland - The Canberra Times





The Gillard government will not go ahead with a family benefits boost that would have provided a maximum of $600 extra a year to eligible Australian families, as it signals that the budget faces a $17 billion shortfall in revenue this financial year. On Tuesday, Finance Minister Penny Wong confirmed that the government was ''not in a position to proceed'' with an increase to Family Tax Benefit Part A that was due to start on July 1.










Australia among best places to be a mum

AAP





Australia is the tenth best country in the world to be a mother, according to a new global survey by Save the Children. Ahead of Mother's Day on Sunday, the charity listed the best and worst places to be a mother on the planet, based on an assessment of well-being using indicators including maternal health, under-five-years mortality, levels of women's education, income, and political status.














Classification

Social media danger looms for soloists


Ken Phillips - Start Up Smart





Decisions by two Australian regulators create an entirely new environment for all small business people who use social media to promote their businesses. The consequence is that if you run a social media site relating to your business (big or small), comments other people post on your site are your advertising. You are responsible and you must control the content.














US: PG-13 that should have been R

SFGate





Dark Knight -- Good movie, but this wallow in violence and nihilism should have been rated R. Several of us have been writing articles dealing with violence in media. You can read them here. In the meantime, I’ve prepared a gallery of some PG-13 films that should have been R. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. PG-13 is the most abused rating there is, the repository of every violent nightmare Hollywood can devise — and as long as no one says the F-word twice and no woman takes off her shirt, heaven forbid, everybody can make tons of money off of children — not only in the form of tickets, but also in merchandising. It really ought to stop.


















Environment

Signatories 'have lost their way'


Ben McKay - The Examiner





Bob Brown has deepened his opposition to the forests peace deal as the Tasmanian Forest Agreement's passage through Parliament continues to divide the environment movement and the Greens party. Former Australian and Tasmanian Greens leader Dr Brown criticised the environmental signatories to the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, saying they had ``lost their way''. ``They were outflanked by a good-cop, bad-cop routine from the logging industry,'' Dr Brown said.
















Euthanasia

Elderly face danger of 'covert euthanasia,' pope says in book


Lauren Colegrove - Catholic News Service





While the fight to preserve life is often centered on abortion and capital punishment, the future Pope Francis also warned against a more subtle form of disregard for human dignity: what he called "covert euthanasia." "In this consumerist, hedonist and narcissistic society, we are accustomed to the idea that there are people that are disposable," among them, the elderly, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said in a recently published book.
















Gambling

Billion dollar bet on rate cut pays off


Mark Hawthorne - SMH





It may go down as one of the great currency bets in Australian dollar history – a $US1 billion gamble on a Reserve Bank rate cut that has delivered a $US19 million ($18.65m) profit in 36 hours. The beneficiary, if you believe the rumour mill, is investment legend George Soros. Best of all, it appears the 82-year-old American pulled off the deal three times, all with difference foreign exchange brokers in Asia, for a tidy profit of almost $US60 million.
















Marriage

Revolt marks grim year for Francois Hollande


Adam Sage - The Times





A sea of red flags filled the Bastille yesterday when tens of thousands of protesters marked the first year of the presidency of Francois Hollande with a call for insurrection. The far-left demonstrators were joined on the streets of France by Catholics opposed to same-sex marriage, on a grim anniversary for the beleaguered Socialist leader. After coming to power on a pledge to unite his fractious countrymen, he was confronted by a nation that appeared more divided than ever.










Uncertainty over marriage policy could drive voters to minor parties

Ben Williams - International





Coalition uncertainty over voting policy on marriage may force many Australians to consider minor parties who are clear on the issue at the September 14 election, according to the Australian Christian Lobby. “Upper House elections in Tasmania at the weekend which returned pro-marriage candidates showed there is little appetite for radical social policy such as redefining marriage,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.










Coalition MP backs same-sex free vote

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian





One of the Coalition MPs targeted by gay marriage campaigners has declared his support for a concience vote in the next parliament, despite not supporting gay marriage himself. Josh Frydenberg, who holds the blue-ribbon Melbourne seat of Kooyong, yesterday told The Australian a conscience vote was crucial to allow MPs the right to express their personal views.














Sexualisation of Society

Lego apologizes for 'Hey Babe' construction worker sticker


Anne Thomas - Christian Post





Lego has apologized to its customers after it created a sticker with a Lego construction man on it saying, "Hey, Babe!" The controversial sticker shows the Lego man waving as the words are posted in large text across the image. However, some have complained that the sticker essentially promotes sexual harassment and stereotypes. Josh Stearns, the father of two boys, posted the image of the Lego sticker on his Tumblr page to bring it to the attention of others, and the image soon went viral as increasing numbers of people weighed in on the controversial sticker.














Other

Scientific fraud, sloppy science – yes, they happen


David H. Bailey - The Conversation





Fraud. It’s an ugly word, an arresting word. As with “cheating” it comes loaded with negative connotations, but can potentially lead to far greater penalties and consequences. And yet fraud in science is not unheard of. The world of economics was shaken two weeks ago by the revelation that a hugely influentual paper and accompanying book in the field of macroeconomics is in error, the result of a faulty Excel spreadsheet and other mistakes – all of which could have been found had the authors simply been more open with their data. Yet experimental error and lack of reproducibility have dogged scientific research for decades.










Fraud threatens the integrity of social psychology

Michael Cook - Mercator Net





Scientific studies are used to support controversial social policies like same-sex marriage. But can we rely on them? Even in scientific laboratories Georg Wilhelm Richmann is not a household name. But he ought to be. Richmann was an 18th century Russian scientist who died trying to repeat Benjamin Franklin’s famous experiment of attracting lightning to a kite. A ball of lightni g travelled down the cord and struck him dead. The first martyr for the cause of science died trying to replicate another scientist's results.