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

'House of hhorrors' abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell insists he's 'spiritually innocent,' Reads Bible in prison


Christian Post





Former physician Kermit Gosnell, known for running a "House of Horrors" late-term abortion clinic in Philadelphia, believes he is "spiritually innocent" for the first degree murders of newborn babies, saying that his grisly work at the clinic was meant to fight a "war on poverty" in the U.S.










The ethics of disclosure: RU486 and the suppression of facts

Renate Klein - ABC Religion and Ethics





As of 1 August 2013, the two drugs necessary for a pill abortion, Mifepristone LinepharmaTM (a.k.a. RU 486) and GyMiso(R) (a prostaglandin, PG) are on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS). This makes a pill abortion cheap - much cheaper than a suction abortion. It makes it expensive for the taxpayer though.












Children & Family

The business benefits of being family-friendly


Lynda McAlary-Smith - SMH





With family the number one life priority for so many employees, providing a family-friendly workplace is an important way for employers to ensure they keep staff happy and motivated.


















Drugs & Alcohol

Pest check uncovers 274kg of drugs


Sky News





Federal police have seized nearly 300kg of ephedrine hidden in a shipment of rice from India to Melbourne. Four people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the importation and intended distribution of the drug, which can be used as the foundation for making speed.












Alcohol Industry lags on mandatory warning labels

Sue Dunlevy - News Ltd





Alcohol companies are flaunting government guidelines to warn mothers of the dangers of drinking while pregnant. Only 37 per cent of alcohol bottles carry warnings about safe consumption and drinking during pregnancy — almost two years after state and federal governments told the industry to apply them.
















Euthanasia

Euthanasia rate hits record in the Netherlands


Press TV





New figures show that the euthanasia rate in the Netherlands has increased by 13 percent in 2012 compared with 2011, marking the sixth consecutive year of increase.






Euthanasia Bill set to be tabled

Matt Smith - The Mercury







Australian-first legislation giving advanced terminally ill Tasmanians the opportunity to take their own lives will be tabled in Parliament today.
















Marriage

Bega Valley Shire Council votes to support same sex marriage


Denise Dion - Merimbula News





Bega Valley Shire Council has voted in support of same sex marriage and has asked for the cost of running a poll on the subject at the next council election. The motion in support of same sex marriage was proposed by Greens councillor, Keith Hughes and seconded by councillor Liz Seckold.












US: Bill seeks to protect religious freedom for those that affirm traditional marriage

Napp Nazworth - Christian Post





Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) is sponsoring a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would guarantee that no person or group could lose their tax exempt status for affirming traditional marriage, or opposing the redefinition of marriage.














Politics

Labor leader pair make their pitch to party faithful


Mark Kenny - Brisbane Times





Labor leadership hopefuls Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese have squared off in the first of three televised debates. Mr Shorten promised to be a ''PM of the powerless'' if he ever got there, and Mr Albanese promised a focus on fairness, jobs, innovation, and on keeping the Abbott government accountable.








Milne loses six senior staff

Lisa Martin - AAP







Australian Greens leader Christine Milne is playing down the resignations of six of her senior staff members and has dismissed claims her leadership is on shaky ground. Senator Milne was returned to the party's leadership unopposed on Monday, despite a slip in the Greens vote at the September 7 poll.






















Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Fears over potential sex tourism in the Pacific


ABC





An international organisation protecting children from sexual exploitation says the Pacific could soon become a major hub for sex trafficking and sex tourism if governments fail to take preventative action.














Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pope sounds alarm on anti-Christian persecution


John L. Allen Jr. - NCR Today





Three days after an attack on an Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan, left at least 85 people dead, Pope Francis today urged Christians to an examination of conscience about their response to such acts of anti-Christian persecution.












Prayers for victims of Kenya and Pakistan attack

Mark Caplin - Christian Today





The Church of Scotland has said it is praying for everyone caught up in the Pakistan and Kenya attacks. It confirmed that one of its ministers in Scotland had lost his mother and other relatives in the Pakistan attack. The Very Reverend Andrew McLellan, Convener of the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland, said both incidents had been a "shock".


















Other

New US ambassador John Berry touches down in Canberra


Emma Macdonald - The Canberra Times





Australia's new United States ambassador John Berry has presented his credentials in a private ceremony at Government House on Wednesday. Accompanied by his partner of 17 years, Curtis Yee, a lawyer and native of Hawaii, Mr Berry is the first openly gay ambassador of a G20 country and is the 25th US ambassador to Australia.












Decision to remove memorials 'insensitive'

Brisbane Times





Five roadside crash memorials will be removed from two Queensland motorways next month, despite mourning families describing the decision as insensitive. Queensland Motorways placed advertisements in newspapers last week advising drivers that crosses and flowers left on the side of the road to mark the scene of a fatal crash would be removed.