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

Doctor risks his career after refusing abortion referral


Miranda Devine - Herald Sun





A doctor risks being deregistered because he allegedly refused a referral for an Indian couple who wanted to abort a healthy unborn baby girl at 19 weeks, simply because they wanted a boy. Dr Mark Hobart, 55, has been under investigation by the Medical Board of Victoria for five months, accused of having committed an offence under the state's controversial Abortion Law Reform Act of 2008.














Children & Family

Kids can now have more than 2 legal parents in California


Ruth Brown - Newser





Heather can now have two mommies and a daddy ... at least in California, which has just signed a bill allowing kids to have more than two legal parents. The move is intended to recognize a broader range of family structures in legal cases, like those where a same-sex couple shares financial or custody responsibilities with a biological parent of the opposite sex, reports the LA Times.










Children more distracting than mobile phones

Monash University





Children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than talking on a mobile phone, according to new research from Monash University.


















Environment

Fracking too hot a topic till after election


Farrah Tomazin - The Age





A decision to end a ban on the controversial practice known as fracking could be deferred until after the state election in a bid to avoid a regional backlash. As The Sunday Age reported last week, the Napthine government is headed for a showdown between farmers, miners and environmentalists as it decides whether to lift the moratorium and allow the expansion of coal seam gas (CSG) in Victoria.














Euthanasia

Paying the price for their autonomy


Tom Mortier - Mercator Net





Some Belgian doctors have discovered an easy way to cover up their mistakes. By killing them.














Gambling

How I got hooked: a gambling addict's story


Sam Rigy - Newcastle Herald





Like many she began playing socially and became hooked after a big win. But for recovering addict Sally, her addiction to poker machines would wind up costing her almost everything. "I started gradually, socially," she said. "How it came to the depths that it was I don’t know".














Marriage

ACT same-sex laws 'invalid'


Patricia Karvelas - The Australian





The ACT's gay marriage laws are unconstitutional, according to legal advice from the commonwealth Solicitor-General to the Abbott government, which is considering a High Court challenge to stop the laws. The Weekend Australian understands that Attorney-General George Brandis has received the advice, which leaves in no doubt that the laws before the ACT parliament are invalid because of inconsistency with the commonwealth Marriage Act.










Battle reopens in State Parliament on same-sex marriage Bill

Anne Mather - The Mercury





The fight for same-sex marriage is set to return to centre stage in Tasmania after a move to re-ignite the debate in State Parliament. The push for a second-round of the contentious debate follows new legal information that clarifies constitutional concerns raised by opposing MPs last year.










Refugees

Can the UN solve Syria’s humanitarian disaster?


Phil Orchard - The Conversation





After finally passing its first resolution on the Syrian crisis late last week, the United Nations Security Council has now turned its attention to the humanitarian crisis now unfolding within the country.










Leyonhjelm proposes asylum seeker tariff

The Age





Liberal Democrats senator-elect David Leyonhjelm has proposed an open door asylum seeker policy that would charge people $50,000 for permanent residency in Australia. Mr Leyonhjelm, who will join the Senate on July 1, will be one of eight senators from minor parties who will hold the balance of power in the upper house.












Religious Freedom & Persecution

Indonesia Christians sentenced for evangelism; US under pressure


BosNewsLife





The United States was under pressure Friday, October 4, to condemn "grave violations” of religious freedom in Indonesia amid reports that two Indonesian Christians were sentenced to three years imprisonment for evangelism.














Peshawar church attack was according to Sharia

Sonia Rana - Pakistan Tribune





Proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has once again denied having involvement in the attack on a Peshawar church last month but said it was according to Sharia. “We didn’t carry out the church attack. However, we believe it’s according to the Sharia,” TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid told BBC in a telephonic interview from an anonymous location on Friday.










Sexualisation of Society

K-pop contest tell Shimali De Silva, 14, she looks too old and needs plastic surgery


News Ltd





For anyone worried about pop culture?s obsession with youth, here's a cautionary tale.






Sexual abuse rife towards female GPs

Thomas O'Byrne - The Age









A survey of Australian doctors has found that more than 50 per cent of female practitioners have been sexually harassed by a patient, with some respondents saying they had avoided examinations and after-hours shifts because of offensive patient behaviour.