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 Abortions linked to risk of preterm birthNicholas Bakalar – New York Times
Induced abortions may raise the risk for very preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies, a new study reports.
Drugs & Alcohol Booze and drugs culture rife in construction industry: studyKatherine Feeney - Brisbane Times
For better or worse, construction has a blokey reputation, but new research from Brisbane finds a "hazardous" consumption of recreational drugs and booze is latest problem facing the industry.Education PM pledges to push for better teachers to make the gradeBianca Hall – SMH
Only the best and brightest will be able to get into university teaching courses under the federal government's reform package to improve the educational outcomes of the nation's children.Good education is not all about the teachersTony Vinson – The Punch
Amidst news of the tragic death of Australian servicemen, worries about the economy and concerns about firearms in Sydney, it has to be a great day when our national government calls a halt to bad news and focuses attention upon a positive goal: improving our children’s education.IndigenousAid for every indigenous studentPatricia Karvelas – The Australian
The government has ignored one of the chief recommendations of the Gonski review because it would have disadvantaged thousands of indigenous students, and instead opted to provide extra money to every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student in every school.Indigenous spend topping $25bnDavid Crowe – The Australian
Public spending on indigenous Australia jumped to $25.4 billion in just two years amid a growing debate over whether the cash is improving education, health and employment for 575,000 people.Marriage Garrett defiant on gay marriageLeesa Smith – Southern Courier
Kingsford Smith MP Peter Garrett says he is echoing the majority of the community with his support for same-sex marriage.Democrats plan big symbolic step on same-sex marriageJoe Garofoli – Seattle Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eight years after California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the push for legalizing same-sex marriage was "too much, too fast, too soon," the Democratic Party will make history Tuesday when it is expected to be the first major party to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform.PoliticsLabor stalls despite Newspoll boost for GillardABC Online
The latest Newspoll shows Labor's momentum has stalled, despite Prime Minister Julia Gillard's personal approval rating reaching a seven-month high.Religious Freedom & PersecutionChristian fightback: Equality watchdogs take on Cameron and back the right to wear cross at workSteve Doughty – Daily Mail
David Cameron’s own equality chiefs will take him on in a European court today by championing the rights of Christians to wear a cross at work.‘Blasphemous girl,’ Rimsha Masih, denied bail again in PakistanNews.com.au
A Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that has sparked international outcry must spend at least four more days in jail after a court adjourned a bail hearing.RefugeesPeople-smuggling charges droppedMichael Gordon – The Examiner
After two years in detention, most of it in maximum security prison, it took barely 10 seconds yesterday for Jeky Payara to be told he wasn’t facing any charges after all, and could return to his village in the remote Maluku Islands of Indonesia.Violent asylum seekers’ security riskGemma Jones – The Telegraph
Asylum seekers with violent histories are being released on bridging visas or into community detention - and one was even allowed to marry in detention and make home visits to his wife.