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

Abortion breast cancer link explodes in Asia


Joel Brind - On Line Opinion

The various credentialed purveyors of health information, such as the Australian Medical Association, the World Health Organisation, the US National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Councils still maintain that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer (ABC), this despite the fact that this past February, a systematic review and meta-analysis of the ABC link was published in the prestigious international journal Cancer Causes and Control.


Bioethics

Why do we screen for Down syndrome?


Ainsley Newson - ABC

The plight of baby Gammy, and his father's recent comments about abortion, have highlighted one crucial question: why should we even offer screening for Down syndrome?


Classification

Bikini babe covered up at the Ekka


Natalie Bochenski - Brisbane Times

The image of a woman in a skimpy bikini painted on an Ekka ride was covered up after the Queensland director of the Australian Christian Lobby slammed it as inappropriate for children. The mural image was featured on the Rip Tide attraction located in the children’s rides section of the showgrounds, off St Paul’s Terrace.


Donor Conception & Surrogacy Surrogacy

Baby Gammy: Former WA child protection minister urges review of surrogacy laws to prohibit sex offenders from caring for children

ABC

A former West Australian child protection minister has called for an urgent review of surrogacy laws to ensure children do not wind up in the care of a convicted sex offender.


Gammy case: Commercial surrogacy should be legalised, lawyers say

Nicolas Perpitch - ABC

Commercial surrogacy should be legalised in Western Australia to prevent a repeat of the baby Gammy case and help stop the exploitation of women in developing countries, advocates say.


Drugs & Alcohol

More women dying from accidental drug overdoses than in road toll, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures for Penington Institute show


Herald Sun

Accidental drug overdoses are claiming the lives of almost four times as many women in the prime of their life than die in car accidents. The growing impact of prescription drug abuse and illicit drugs on hundreds of Australian families is revealed in figures produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the Penington Institute.


Human Rights

Senators may defy Tony Abbott on hate laws


Latika Bourke - SMH

At least three government senators say they could support a push to revive changes to race hate laws abandoned last week by the government in a move that will embarrass Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Family First senator Bob Day wants to introduce into Parliament the now dropped legislation, which would have replaced section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. South Australian senator Cory Bernardi has said he will support the bill because it upholds free speech.


Marriage

Tracking Christian sexual morality in a same-sex marriage future

Mark Regnerus - The Public Discourse

Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.


Politics 



Mike Baird faces two damaging byelections before March poll

Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont - SMH

The Baird government faces a backlash in two damaging byelections less than seven months before its first re-election test after former Liberal MPs Andrew Cornwell and Tim Owen resigned from the NSW Parliament following damning evidence at a corruption inquiry. Mr Owen, the member for Newcastle, and Mr Cornwell, the member for Charlestown, handed their resignations to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Shelley Hancock, shortly before question time on Tuesday.


Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

ISIS selling Christian women as sex slaves as militants overrun Qaraqosh


Christian Post

At least 500 Christian women were reportedly abducted from Mosul and marked to be sold as sex slaves by ISIS militants who stretched their dominance over Christians in Iraq further last week when they overran Qaraqosh, the nation's largest Christian city where believers had been flocking to after being chased out of Mosul.


Yazidis tormented by fears for women and girls kidnapped by Isis jihadis

The Guardian

Despair for one Yazidi father as he is told that his daughter will be sold as a slave by Islamists who rampaged through Sinjar.


Religious Freedom & Persecution

Supporting the Christians in Iraq


Aleteia

In his poem, "The Destruction of Sennacherib," Lord Byron wrote, “The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold.” Sennacherib was a king of the ancient Assyrian Empire that was located in what is now Northeastern Syria and Northern Iraq—the same territory the Islamic State claims as its own. The words echo today as the soldiers of the Islamic State descend on Iraqi Christians like wolves on God’s flock.


Sexualisation of Society

American Apparel: is this their sleaziest move yet?

Daily Life

American Apparel, the fashion label known for its continued championing of scrunchies, the super shiny and super tight ‘disco pant’, and, arguably most notoriously, a deeply questionable approach to advertising has again made another misstep in the marketing department. Not content with objectifying adult women, it now appears they’ve moved on to sexualising schoolgirls.


Other





The Left are hiding from the horrors

Miranda Devine - Daily Telegraph

Labor’s assistant treasury spokesman Andrew Leigh said: “We need to celebrate the Australian Muslim community to recognise that there are many peoples of different faiths in the world and extremism comes in all sorts of guises. The Oklahoma bombing was carried out by a Christian.”