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

Anti-abortion doctors flout legal responsibilities to refer patients on


Julia Medew - The Age





Some Victorian doctors who oppose abortion appear to be flouting their legal obligations to refer women seeking a termination to another doctor who is not opposed to it, a clinical psychologist says.






Massive Facebook, Twitter campaign helps defeat EU proposal to declare abortion a ‘human right’

Hillary White - Life Site News





A report that sought to declare abortion a “human right” and make explicit sex education mandatory for three year-old children, was narrowly defeated in a vote of with 334 votes to 327 at the European Parliament today.














Bioethics

Bioethicist wants to prevent elderly people from living too long


Wesley J. Smith - Life News







Bioethicist Founding Father Daniel Callahan has long supported death panel health care rationing based on age. He has now weighed in against spending a lot on research to delay the aging process.














Children & Family

United Nations wants Australia to ban smacking, prosecute offending parents


Natasha Bita - News Ltd





Parents who smack their children should be prosecuted and teachers ordered to dob in tough-love mums and dads, the United Nations has told the Australian government. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child wants Australia to abolish the longstanding right of parents to use "reasonable chastisement'' in smacking a child.












Donor Conception & Surrogacy

What makes a Hollywood leading man? Sperm


Miriam Olenick - Policy MIC



Leo Tolstoy may have said that happy families are all alike, but with the sperm donor film genre, it's clear that Hollywood disagrees. Delivery Man, a new film starring Vince Vaughn as a man who unwittingly fathers 533 children through an excessive amount of sperm donation, is the latest in a trend of movies portraying families created through artificial reproductive technologies.












Environment

Abbot Point approval misses the point


Sara Phillips - ABC









North of Bowen, where mangoes come from, is a port at a place called Abbot Point. Jutting out into the deep waters of the Coral Sea, the jetty can berth a pair of coal ships loading up with the lucrative cargo. Just a bit inland of this port is an area known as the Galilee Basin. Under the scrubland is coal. Lots and lots of coal.










Euthanasia

Quebec legislators suggest the province will become Canada’s euthanasia Mecca if Bill 52 passes


Peter Baklinski - Life Site News





Quebec’s legislators have suggested that the province’s proposed "medical aid in dying" legislation, known as Bill 52, could bring tourists – not the kind coming to wine and dine on fine French cuisine but those seeking to be legally murdered by an attending doctor.














Gambling

Nick Xenophon calls for public vote on poker machine reform as Government moves to scrap Labor's laws


ABC





Independent Senator Nick Xenophon is calling for a nation-wide vote on poker machine restrictions, as the Government moves to scrap laws introduced by Labor.






UK: Government fails to curb high stake gambling machines

The Christian Institute





The Government has failed to curb fixed-odds betting terminals, dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling. MPs backed changes to stakes and prizes for gambling machines last week – but the amendments do not lower the maximum stake for the machines from £100.












Health

Catalyst: Heart Foundation survey raises more concerns over ABC's controversial cholesterol medication episode


Amy Corderoy - Sydney Morning Herald





A controversial ABC television program that called cholesterol medication "toxic" could be responsible for causing 2000 more heart attacks and strokes in Australia over the next five years, the Heart Foundation says.














Marriage

High Court verdict a turning point in same-sex marriage debate

Lisa Cox and Stephanie Anderson - Canberra Times







The debate over same-sex marriage in Australia will reach a critical juncture today when the High Court hands down its findings in the Commonwealth's case against the ACT government. Victory for the ACT could see similar laws enacted by other state parliaments, while a loss could send the ACT back to the drawing board or even preclude state and territory governments from passing state-based laws for same-sex marriage. The High Court will deliver its findings at midday, less than 24 hours after the final marriages took place in the five-day window granted to the ACT before the ruling in the landmark case. A federal bill for marriage equality is scheduled to be introduced into the Senate by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young on Thursday.








Next up: force the churches to perform gay weddings

The Matt Walsh Blog





Hello, “gay rights” proponents. I’d like to ask you a question. Think very carefully before you respond, because I will hold you to your answer. It’s a two-parter, and here it is: Do you believe in freedom of association? Do you believe in freedom of expression?










Same-sex marriage: ACT fears the worst ahead of High Court decision

Stephanie Anderson - The Canberra Times





ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is preparing for the worst when the High Court hands down its decision on Canberra's same sex marriage laws, but is still hopeful they will survive the Commonwealth's challenge.














Modern marriage and the problem with love

Jillian Abbott - The Canberra Times





Marriage throughout most of human history has rarely been between a man and a woman. Instead it was between a man and a woman, their respective families; their children; their community and/or church; and since the advent of the modern nation, the state. Romantic love was unknown in marriage as anything other than a happy and unexpected byproduct. And yet now conservatives seem to consider romantic love the only basis on which to build a marriage.










Why I believe any couple who want to start a family should be ready to marry

Mail Online





No one who sits in the courts day in and day out, especially the family and criminal courts, as I have done for 42 years, can fail to develop a keen understanding of how our society has changed and is changing.














Small govt libertarians want same-sex marriage. But only Big govt can enforce it.

Richard Stith - Mercator Net





Indiana’s Libertarian Party chair, Dan Drexler, announced in early November his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent Indiana from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. But the libertarian reason he gave for his opposition does not support that opposition.


















Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Inquiry reveals hidden problem of human trafficking and slavery in NSW


Philippa McDonald - ABC





A report released today warns the problem of human trafficking for exploitation in New South Wales is "far more widespread than anyone would care to estimate". The state's Community Relations Commission inquiry found that human trafficking and slavery is being under-reported.








Sexualisation of Society

California man arrested for running 'revenge porn' website


Alex Dobuzinskis - Reuters





A California man was arrested on Tuesday on accusations he ran a "revenge porn" website, one that featured nude pictures of women often posted by jilted or angry ex-lovers, officials said. The San Diego arrest, the latest action by the state to crack down on such websites, comes after California Governor Jerry Brown signed a first-in-the-nation law in October specifically targeting revenge porn.






Three Navy sailors suspended over allegations of unacceptable behaviour on HMAS Ballarat

ABC





Three sailors have been suspended by the Defence Force over allegations of unacceptable behaviour on board a Navy ship. Allegations emerged last month of members on board HMAS Ballarat being sexually assaulted as part of an initiation ritual.










Other

India top court reinstates gay sex ban


BBC





India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights. The Supreme Court ruling reverses a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised homosexual acts. The court said it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue. According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial law, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and punishable by a 10-year jail term.








We can’t dissent against 'new gay orthodoxy’, says Christian charity

The Telegraph





Biblical scriptures are in danger of becoming too politically incorrect to be expressed in modern Britain thanks to the campaigning of gay rights activists, the Court of Appeal hears.










In love with a dangerous idea

Megan Hodder - Mercator Net





Earlier this year, the author and journalist Peter Hitchens took part in a panel discussion concluding the Melbourne Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The final question, posed by an audience member, was: “Which so-called dangerous idea would have the potential to change the world for the better if it were implemented?” All Mr Hitchens’ previous contributions to the discussion had been met by sneers or laughter from the audience. But his response to this question held them, for a moment, in captive silence. “The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and rose from the dead,” he said. “That is the most dangerous idea you will ever encounter.”














Billy Graham's son: Please pray for my dad

John Johnson - CNN< em>





The Rev. Billy Graham's son is requesting prayers for his ailing father. Franklin Graham said that his father, who turned 95 in November, is extremely weak, but his vitals are good.














The will of God

Everald Compton - Online Opinion





In my earliest years, I was a rigid fundamentalist but, as the years passed, I peacefully and happily translated to becoming a very liberal one, while never ever diminishing the depth of my pilgrimage as a follower of Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified because he broke all the conservative traditions. I now proudly describe myself as a Progressive Christian, hungry to understand more of the mystery of it all.