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

I left Planned Parenthood after seeing ‘perfectly formed’ quadruplets aborted: Fmr abortion worker


Dustin Siggins - Life Site News

An abortion industry worker left her job at a Planned Parenthood facility – and eventually brought four of her colleagues out of the abortion industry with her – shortly after she witnessed a woman abort her quadruplets. Most of them were delivered stillborn as she sat on the toilet or stumbled through the hallway, writhing in pain. Two of the “perfectly formed” boys had their arms "wrapped around each other," according to an e-mail she sent pro-life advocate Abby Johnson.


Charities & NFP

Foodbank: Feeding those in need


Junee Southern Cross

Simply by donating a tonne of grain to Foodbank Australian farmers could end hunger around the country. Foodbank is the largest food relief organisation who collects unwanted food and distributes it to people in need through welfare agencies. The vision of Foodbank Australia is to end hunger.


Children & Family

Jihad’s ‘child soldiers’ spark calls for action on extremists


Stefanie Balogh - The Australian

The grandfather of the young Sydney boy forced to pose with the severed head of an executed soldier in Syria has called on the government to act, saying he is “gutted’’ by the sickening image. Yesterday, Peter Nettleton, the father of Sharrouf’s Anglo-Aus­tralian wife, Tara Nettleton, said he was “devastated’’ by the shocking image, which generated worldwide media attention and near-universal revulsion.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Gammy Chanbua and the problem of the commodification of persons


Matthew Beard - ABC

Over the last week, the story of baby Gammy and his mother Pattaramon Chanbua has ignited outrage and debate over the ethics of surrogacy and its potential exploitation.


Education

Teachers left to do parents’ job


Justine Ferrari- The Australian

Parents had handed teachers an “herculean task” in expecting schools to “civilise” their children, says visiting Christian scholar John Stackhouse.


Euthanasia

Doctors need to swot up on end-of-life laws: research

Julia Medew - SMH

Australian patients are at risk of being killed or saved when they do not want to by doctors who do not understand laws regarding the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining medical treatment, research suggests.


Politics

Spike in support for Liberals and Tony Abbott: Newspoll


Phillip Hudson - The Australian

The Coalition’s primary vote has jumped back to 40 per cent for the first time since April, ­regaining lost ground from its unpopular budget in the biggest single rise in support for the ­Abbott government in its 11 months in power.




Key senator Bob Day vows to kill off Joe Hockey’s no-dole plan

Patricia Karvelas - The Australian







Family First senator Bob Day has vowed to lobby all crossbench senators to kill the government’s budget move to kick young people off the dole for six months, saying he is unwilling to negotiate on a compromise deal.










Refugees





Hamas fires rockets from ancient church sheltering refugees

John Rossomando - Algemeiner

Hamas used a Greek Orthodox Church sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes to escape Israeli shelling to launch rockets from the Gaza Strip, according to an Orthodox bishop. Archbishop Alexios, who oversees the church, says Hamas set up a rocket-launch site adjacent to the church even though at least 1,000 Muslim refugees had crowded inside. He told CBN News the terrorists set up the launch site near a roof terrace outside his office at the 12th century church.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Genocide of Christians happening, family shot in the faces in refusal to convert

IB Times

A fearful genocide of Christians is happening in Iraq as one family with eight members was shot in their faces because of their refusal to convert to Islam.