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

Florida woman tricked into taking abortion drug sues pharmacy


Barbara Liston - Reuters

A Florida woman whose boyfriend switched her antibiotic with a medication known to cause abortion is suing the Tampa-area pharmacy where the drug, prescription bottle and a faked label were obtained, according to a lawsuit.


Drugs

You may be living right next door to a suburban drug lab

The Daily Telegraph

They don't care about the suburb so long as the rent is reasonable and the landlord doesn't look too closely.


Euthanasia & Suicide

Transsexual, 44, elects to die by euthanasia after botched sex-change operation turned him into a 'monster'

Damien Gayle - Daily Mail

A Belgian transsexual has chosen to die by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation to complete his transformation into a man left him a 'monster'. Nathan Verhelst, 44, died yesterday afternoon after being allowed have his life ended on the grounds of 'unbearable psychological suffering'. It is understood to be the first time someone in Belgium has chosen euthanasia after a sex-change, and comes soon after it emerged that it is now the cause of nearly one in 50 deaths in the country.


Nathan Verhelst euthanised in Belgium after botched sex change

News Ltd

A 44-year-old man who was born a woman has been euthanised in Belgium on the grounds of "unbearable psychological suffering." The Telegraph reports that Nathan Verhelst, who was born Nancy, was given legal euthanasia by Wim Distelmans, a cancer specialist who made headlines last year when he gave 45-year-old twins Marc and Eddy Verbessem a lethal injections because they feared they were going blind as well.


Suicide: 'some silences are meant to be broken'

Calla Wahlquist - The Examiner

It's a question every journalist has been asked at a job interview. Would you report on a suicide? The standard response, drilled down through university lectures and industry codes of ethics is: it depends. We're generally warned off reporting individual cases of suicide, and told never to make any mention of method or, in most cases, reason.


Health

Queensland Association for Healthy Communities name change divides community


David Alexander - Star Observer

The board of the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) announced last week that the organisation plans to return to its original name, the Queensland AIDS Council, in a move the organisation hopes will refocus its aim and prepare itself for the future.


Homelessness & Poverty

Fears housing boom will lead to more homelessness


ABC

A social housing expert is warning that Australia's real estate boom and shortage of affordable homes may lead to a new era of homelessness. The house price surge is shutting many out of the market, but the impact on the most vulnerable could be severe. The head of the International Housing Partnership says there's a lot the Federal Government could do about it.


Indigenous

Indigenous disadvantage does not diminish over time, High Court rules


Gordon Taylor - ABC

Disadvantage caused by a person's Indigenous heritage does not diminish over time and should be taken into account in sentencing of criminal offences, the High Court has found.


Marriage

ALP contenders back free vote on marriage


Katina Curtis - The West

Neither prospective Labor leader will back moves to force all Labor MPs to vote in favour of same sex marriage. The party's platform currently supports gay marriage but gives its parliamentary representatives a free vote on the matter.


Union coughs up cash for equal love advocates

Stephanie Anderson - SMH

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has thrown its support behind the equal marriage movement, providing funds for advocates in Canberra amid calls for same-sex marriage legislation.


Are married or cohabiting couples happier?

Nicole M. King - Mercator Net

Progressive commentators have developed an ingenious strategy for dealing with unwelcome evidence that married men and women enjoy decidedly better well-being than do single, divorced, or cohabiting peers. The real problem, these clever commentators assert, is social intolerance and prejudice. If society were simply more accepting of singleness, divorce, and cohabitation, none of these social circumstances would entail deficits in well-being.


UK: We must back marriage: Iain Duncan Smith announces tax plan to 'help stabilise families and support commitment'

James Chapman - Daily Mail

Marriage is ‘the most important man-made institution’ and it is right to recognise it with a new tax break, Iain Duncan Smith said yesterday. The Work and Pensions Secretary, the Cabinet’s leading proponent of a transferable tax allowance to reduce the tax bills of stay-at-home and part-time spouses, said the move would help return ‘fairness to hard-pressed families’.


Politics

Clive Palmer's party wins third Senate seat


Mark Coultan - The Australian

Clive Palmer's party will have three seats in the Senate, adding to the complications for Tony Abbott already posed by micro-parties in the new upper house.


Family First’s Bob Day wins 5th SA Senate spot, Liberals get 6th position – AEC announces SA Senate count completed

Australian Conservative

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has announced that the count for the election of six Senators for South Australia was completed earlier today.


Bill Shorten walks into Wollongong protest

Dominic Geiger - Illawarra Mercury

Labor leadership hopeful Bill Shorten has addressed the party faithful in Wollongong, declaring the ALP needs to do anything it can ‘‘to make itself relevant in the future lives of Australians’’.


Refugees

Australia joins nations taking Syrian refugees


The Age

Seventeen countries including Australia, the US and France have agreed to receive refugees fleeing the bloody conflict in Syria, the UN refugee agency says. "So far, UNHCR has 17 countries participating in the Syria resettlement/Humanitarian Admission Program effort," Peter Kessler, regional spokesman for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, said.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Nigeria: Where jihad and Christian persecution run rampant


Raymond Ibrahim - Front Page Mag

Many around the world were recently made aware —got a small glimpse— of the Islamic jihad that plagues northern Nigeria, at the hands of Boko Haram, an organization dedicated to eradicating Christianity and enforcing the totality of Sharia law.


Sexualisation of Society

UK: My fear for boys warped by porn: Schools must teach pupils about online risks


Daniel Martin - Daily Mail

An impassioned attack on the ‘pernicious effect’ of online porn was delivered by the Culture Secretary yesterday. Maria Miller warned that young boys who see explicit images risk growing up with a warped idea of how to treat girls. She demanded that teachers, parents and internet giants do more to prevent children from accidentally viewing such images.


Other

Should schools teach about religions?


Kevin Ryan - Mercator Net

Fifty years ago this past summer, the United States’ Supreme Court issued a ruling that is still inflaming tempers and broiling controversies. The court banned prayer and advocacy teaching of religion in public schools. The case was the Abington School District v. Schempp, brought by young Mr Schempp who believed that his constitutional rights were being violated by a Pennsylvania law allowing prayer and the reading of the King James Bible in his school. Schempp won and all hell broke loose.


Indonesia snaps up Top End’s best known cattle stations

Farm Weekly

Indonesian commercial interests have snapped up two of the Top End’s best known cattle stations in a deal secured today for an undisclosed amount. Speculation that Inverway and Riveren stations - owned by the popular Underwood family - would be sold to Indonesians buyers was confirmed today in a statement to Fairfax Agricultural Media, from Japfa Santori Australia Director Bruce Warren.