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

Advocates obliged to put an end to misconceptions


Melinda Tankard Reist - Brisbane Times





Recent publicity for the abortion drug RU486 has given women assurances of its safety. The drug is promoted as do-it-yourself, easy, private and ''more natural''. In this pro-RU486 spin, the voices of women harmed by the chemical cocktail have been drowned out.














Study aims to expand medical abortion by using euphemism

Rebecca Oas - C Fam





A researcher dedicated to bringing risky medical abortion to developing countries has set her sights on Bangladesh. Her new study demonstrates a plan to expand access to abortion pills by using misleading language and an unusual set of laws. The study proposes redefining "menstrual regulation" to include medical as well as surgical methods. Since the 1970s, “menstrual regulation” took advantage of a legal loophole in Bangladesh, which outlaws most abortions.












Bioethics

16-year-old girl became infertile from Gardasil vaccine: British Medical Journal


Thaddeus Baklinski - Life Site News





The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported that a healthy 16-year-old Australian girl lost all ovarian function and went into menopause after being injected with the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil. Dr. Deirdre Little, the Australian physician who treated the girl, provides solid evidence that Gardasil caused the destruction of the girl's fertility.
















Environment

Show us your social licence


Richard Stanton - On Line Opinion





When Australia's conservative radio talkback king Alan Jones stated recently that gas companies do not have a social license to explore for or pump coal seam gas he couldn't have been more right. Coal seam gas is the methamphetamine of the energy world.














Health

$25m to stem rise in HIV


Dan Harrison - SMH





The Rudd government will this week outline a $25 million strategy to tackle sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, which is on the rise for the first time in five years. HIV diagnoses in Australia increased 8.2 per cent from 2010 to 2011, the most recent period for which national data is available. Data for NSW released last month showed a 24 per cent increase in diagnoses between 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile, the incidence of other sexually transmitted infections has risen rapidly. Nationally, the annual number of reported diagnoses of chlamydia almost tripled between 2002 and 2011.












Human Rights

Disturbing report alleges killings of 450 Kurds in Syria


RT news





Unconfirmed reports have emerged detailing a new massacre in which 450 Kurds - including 120 children - were allegedly slaughtered by al-Qaeda-linked rebels fighting against the Syrian government. The report has sparked international concern. According to Iranian TV channel Al-Alam, militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra Front attacked the town of Tal Abyad on Monday, killing 120 children and 330 women and elderly near the Turkish border.










Indigenous

Tony Abbott pledges new indigenous advisory board headed by ex-ALP president Warren Mundine


Deborah Gough - The Age





Former ALP president Warren Mundine has agreed to head a new indigenous advisory board for Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, should the Coalition be elected in September. Mr Abbott is flying to north-east Arnhem Land on Saturday to announce the election policy. The proposed board would have indigenous and non-indigenous representatives and would meet with the prime minister three times a year to drive improvements for indigenous people.














Marriage

Kevin Rudd promises to legalise same-sex marriage


Jame Legge - The Independent





Australia's Prime Minister has promised to legalise gay marriage within 100 days of office, should he win next month's election. Kevin Rudd said recognising same-sex relationships is "a mark of decency," as the two men who hope to be Australia's Prime Minister after September 7 locked horns in an uncontroversial televised debate.












Rudd pops the question on gay marriage during election debate

Matt Young & Malcolm Farr - news.com.au





Kevin Rudd will tonight make a major commitment to gay marriage during his showdown debate with Tony Abbott. The Prime Minister will strike a clear line between his support for same sex marriage laws and the Opposition Leader's strong personal condemnation of them. Labor wants to pressure Mr Abbott on a commitment to a conscience vote in the issue, win or lose this election.












Unpacking the slogans

Walter R. Schumm - Mercator Net





Boosters of same-sex parenting rely heavily on sociologists’ surveys. But do these really prove their case?














Politics

Coalition in poll position as Kevin Rudd slumps

Dennis Shanahan - The Australian





Kevin Rudd, known as the great campaigner whose popularity returned him to the Labor leadership, has lost the first week of the election campaign to the "unelectable" Tony Abbott. Labor's primary vote, boosted in the two weeks after Julia Gillard's dumping, has slipped back to where it was and the Coalition's primary vote has risen back to pre-Rudd levels to leave the Coalition in a winning position at the end of the first week of the campaign.












Greens launch ad blitz, accuse Labor, Libs of being out of touch

Farrah Tomazin - The Canberra Times





The social justice values of Australian voters have been targeted by the Greens in a new advertising blitz designed to paint the major parties as "out of step" with the community. Asylum seekers, higher education, same-sex marriage and the environment are the central planks of the ad, which start on Monday and will screen over the next few weeks as the party's election battle for the inner city intensifies.














Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Does legalizing prostitution reduce child sex slavery?


Joe Carter - Life Site News





Would legalizing adult prostitution decrease the demand for child sex slaves? That’s the curious argument made by one of my favorite libertarian economist. Donald J. Boudreaux , a professor of economics at George Mason University.












Refugees

Teen refugees excluded until adulthood


Natalie O'Brien - SMH





Teenage refugees joining the so-called queue in Indonesia to apply officially for protection visas, instead of jumping on a boat, say they are being told Australia will not take them until they are 18 years old.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Italian priest 'apparently kidnapped' in Syria


Fox News





An Italian Jesuit priest who hoped to negotiate with jihadists in Syria has "apparently been kidnapped by an Islamist group" which is "a local version of Al-Qaeda", the foreign ministry in Rome said Tuesday.














Sexualisation of Society

Qld child porn sting leads to NYC arrest


Peter Mitchell - AAP





An undercover online operation run by Queensland police to capture pedophiles has led to the arrest of two brothers in New York accused of making child pornography involving a seven-year-old.