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.



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Abortion

Facebook exposes abortion law dilemma for Victorian doctors


Nicholas Tonti-Filippini - The Age





The advice given by Anne O'Rourke, that doctors who have a conscientious objection to abortion referral put up a sign to that effect, is poor advice. When the The Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act was passed in 2008, there was a meeting I attended of the chairman and members of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria with some doctors concerned about the effect of the law on their conscientious practice in relation to being required to refer for abortion.




Studies show that an abortion increases risk of mental illness

Evan Boudreau - The Catholic Register





Priscilla Coleman strongly believes that having an abortion can lead to developing a mental illness. For much of her career Coleman, a professor of human development and family studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, has conducted research on the effects of abortions. On Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 she presented her findings at the University of Toronto.










New book reveals devastating impact of abortion on women

Christian Concern

The physical, psychological and social complications for women who have had abortions have been highlighted in a new book released this week. The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research launched the book entitled Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women at the University of Toronto.
















Bioethics

US companies plan to punish smokers and overweight workers

Kathleen Kingsbury - SMH







Employers tried the carrot, then a small stick. Now they are turning to bigger cudgels. For years they encouraged workers to improve their health and productivity with free screenings, discounted gym memberships and gift cards to lose weight.
















Children & Family

Meek family Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella ditch TV for 100 outdoor activities


News Ltd





A challenge to their children to get outside and stop watching TV has led a family of four to complete 100 adventures in the past year. Tim and Kerry Meek, from Arnold, Nottinghamshire, was afraid his daughters Amy, 10, and Ella, eight, were spending too much time indoors. So he came up with a list of 100 activities for them to undertake as a family.








November: National Adoption Month

Christian Telegraph



November is National Adoption Month in the U.S. “I can’t think of a more transformative and redemptive idea than adoption. Adoption is a picture of the Gospel,” says Greg Eubanks of Buckner International. “Children who are strangers, who have been forgotten, who have been neglected, who many would consider the least of society, suddenly become daughters and sons.”










Classification

Legal Opinion: Is our R18+ classification really weaksauce compared to overseas?

Patrick Vuleta - Games











John Rau, the South Australian Attorney-General, just called for a review of the several games rated MA15+. Murder simulators such as Splinter Cell Blacklist, Killer is Dead, and The Walking Dead. Apparently these games had been released as 18+ in some countries, but only MA15+ here. Some were not happy about this lack of moral standards.












Drugs & Alcohol

Police capture drugs thought to be earmarked for schoolies


Joanna Crothers - ABC







Police on Queensland's Gold Coast say they have seized more than five kilograms of synthetic drugs that might have been destined for distribution to Schoolies Week revellers.














Euthanasia

Euthanasia discriminates against disabled


Michael Swan - The Catholic Register





Demand for doctor-assisted suicide isn’t about dying, it’s about disability, the director of a Quebec disability rights organization told a national anti-euthanasia symposium in Toronto Nov. 8. “The popular support (for assisted suicide) is rooted in disability discrimination. It’s rooted in the idea that life with a disability is a fate worse than death,” Amy Hasbrouck told The Catholic Register during a break at the Euthanasia Symposium 2013 in Toronto.








Gambling

Chasing the dragon: the gambling ad con


Xavier Toby - WA Today



Gambling is a fun park for adults, a video game arcade where we’ve replaced those machines that churn out tickets for ones that spit back cash, says Xavier Toby. Have you seen those TAB ads where the guys waltz through the pub, winking at girls and collecting big wads of cash? Despite there being rules around alcohol advertising in terms of what you're allowed to show and suggest, it seems that gambling ads aren't subjected to the same controls. These TAB ads are a complete fiction.






Chinese billionaire makes a move for Canberra Casino

Noel Towell - The Canberra Times







Canberra’s sleepy casino could be getting a Hong Kong high-roller makeover after a Chinese billionaire made a move on Wednesday to buy the Civic venue. Hong Kong-based finance tycoon Tony Fung has already proved he can think big, planning a $4.2-billion mega-resort and casino in north Queensland dubbed a “man-made” wonder.


















Health

Pacific nations at risk of being bankrupted by diabetes


Lucy Carter - ABC





International experts say diabetes is now the world's largest health problem, costing close to US $550 billion a year. The latest snapshot from the International Diabetes Federation predicts that by 2035, one in every ten people on earth will have the disease.












Human Rights

Australia’s CHOGM dilemma: addressing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka


Catherine Renshaw - The Conversation





Australian prime minister Tony Abbott announced earlier this week that he would not join his Canadian, Indian and Mauritian counterparts in boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, which begins tomorrow. Calls for a boycott grew after Greens senator Lee Rhiannon was detained in Colombo last weekend and prevented from speaking to the media. While Sri Lanka’s vexed recent history with human rights abuses cannot – and should not – be ignored, the history of controversies in the Commonwealth suggests that the best way to deal with problem member nations is through engagement, not boycotts and suspensions.










Indigenous

Campaign to improve Indigenous child protection


Ruby Jones - ABC







Australia's peak body for indigenous families is launching a year-long project to address the rising rates of Indigenous children being placed in out-of-home care.










Marriage

Same-sex marriage bill defeated in NSW upper house


Sean Nicholls - Sydney Morning Herald





The upper house of the NSW Parliament has narrowly voted down a bill to legalise same-sex marriage. Despite initial hopes the upper house would pass the legislation, MPs voted against it by 21 votes to 19 in the Legislative Council on Thursday afternoon.






NSW same-sex bill defeated, tears in parly

Lauren Farrow - Herald Sun



A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in NSW has been defeated by the narrowest possible margin, with its supporters crushed they couldn't win just one more vote.










Overseas Aid

The Philippines: Aid trickling through but reaching those in need remains challenging

David Adams - Sight Magazine





Relief has begun to make its way into areas of The Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan but organisations involved in the relief effort say reaching people with vital aid remains a challenge. Visiting Tacloban - one of the worst affected areas - on Wednesday, the UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos urged the international community "not to let the people of The Philippines down".














Refugees

WA grain growers dig deep for Syrian refugees


Belinda Varischetti - ABC







A group of retired farmers is calling on WA grain growers to donate a small percentage of this year's harvest to help feed the children and their families fleeing from Syria. The donations will be distributed by the International aid and development agency Caritas Australia, which is one of the organisations providing support to Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
















Religious Freedom & Persecution

US: Veterans Affairs forbids chaplains from quoting Bible or praying in name of Jesus


Jim Hoft - The Gateway Pundit





Two chaplains were forced out of a military training program after they refused orders to quit quoting the Bible and mention Jesus. The men said they were ridiculed and harassed.








Christian prayers popular despite lawsuit from atheist group

Janet Parshall - Christian Post





The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week on a case that takes up the role of prayer in a public setting, specifically opening prayers at town meetings. Given the current makeup of the court, it is nearly impossible to predict the outcome.






Christians in Syria face mounting horrors

John Evans - BP News

For Hanna, a Syrian Christian mother living in Damascus, the country's civil war is more than just statistics and news articles. "Every day when I walk to the school I work at I hold my breath; every minute something can happen," she wrote in a first-person account to Open Doors USA, an organization supporting persecuted Christians. "Many streets are closed and when you walk the streets you see the traces of the battle: little fires all over the streets. Also in our house you see the traces of the war: we already noticed a bullet hole in our guest room, but recently I also discovered one in the room of my girls."








Sexualisation of Society

Cleo brings back the centrefold


Andrew Hornery - SMH









After being killed off by former Cleo editor Lisa Wilkinson in the mid 1980s, the male centrefold has made a return. When Cleo editor Sharri Markson leaves the magazine on Friday, she intends to walk out of Bauer Media with a bang, in the gui e of 188 centimetres of muscled beefcake.




Soldiers sacked over Jedi Council sex scandal

David Wroe - SMH





The army has sacked six soldiers at the centre of the notorious "Jedi Council", whose members swapped grossly demeaning emails and videos about women they had slept with. Five months after the scandal came to light, the Chief of the Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison announced on Thursday night that the ringleaders had been dismissed.








Canadian investigation leads to arrest of 65 Australians among 341 charged world-wide for child sex website

News Ltd





Priests, doctors, teachers, lawyers and actors are among 348 arrests - 65 of them in Australia - after a child-porn ring was busted by Canadian police. A child pornography bust in Toronto, Canada, two years ago led to the investigation which has produced the arrest of 348 people and rescue of 386 sexually abused children around the world, police say.