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

Judge strikes down Texas abortion law


Houston Chronicle





Attorney General Greg Abbott has appealed Monday's ruling by a federal judge that struck down a key provision of Texas's new abortion law, according to a new court filing in the case. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Monday that a provision to require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional. Yeakel also partially blocked new restrictions on pregnancy-ending drugs, saying they "may not be enforced against any physician who determines, in appropriate medical judgment, to perform a medication-abortion using the off-label protocol for the preservation of the life or health of the mother."
















Children & Family

Young and old join pope to celebrate joy of family life


Catholic Weekly





A Catholic wedding is not simply a beautiful ceremony; through the sacrament of marriage a couple receives from God the grace they will need to fulfill their mission in the world, Pope Francis said.












Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Stop ‘eugenic’ creation of 3-parent embryos: Council of Europe Members to Britain


Hillarty White - Life Site News





A group of thirty-four Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), have written a strongly worded letter to the British government calling for a halt to the creation of so-called “three-parent” embryos in IVF labs.












Education

Our colonised classrooms


Kevin Donnelly - Quadrant





The left planted its flag atop the educational establishment long ago. If we are to hope for better schools and smarter kids, that dominance must be overturned.








Teachers claim burnout at streaming school

Nick Toscano - The Age







A Melbourne school that separates its best and worst performing students is under scrutiny after several teachers claimed ‘‘burnout’’ from being allocated too many abusive classes. Teachers who were allocated low-achieving classes at Werribee Secondary College say they developed stress, anxiety and depression after the school introduced a ‘‘like-achievement’’ grouping model in 2000.














$790 million boost for Catholic and independent schools

Anna Patty - SMH





NSW Independent and Catholic schools will receive an extra $790 million in funding over six years as part of a new system of schools funding. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli will amend the NSW Education Act to allow it to comply with a new national agreement for funding non-government schools.














Euthanasia

Euthanasia puts the elderly at risk


Irene Ogrizek - Mercator Net





The current euthanasia debate in Quebec frightens me. As a woman of a certain age, I fear I am heading into a future where I may lose meaningful control of my life. Whether I live or die may hinge on the kindness of individuals unknown to me, perhaps nurses or doctors, who will be put in the position of determining my worth.


















Marriage

SSM debate voted down


Calla Wahlquist - The Examiner





Tasmania will not pass same-sex marriage laws this year after the upper house rejected a proposal to reconsider the Same Sex Marriage Bill.














Same-sex marriage fails again in Tasmania

News Ltd





Same-sex marriage is on the backburner in Tasmania after an attempt to re-introduce it to the state's upper house failed. Independent member Ruth Forrest's motion to have legislation debated for a second time in the legislative council has been defeated 8-6.




Indiana Jones and the case of gay marriage

Janet Albrechtsen - The Australian







Regardless of one's views about same-sex marriage, there are serious questions about how we will get there, if we get there. A deeply anti-democratic strain permeates much of the debate. Start with some of the cant used by activists pursuing the gay marriage cause. They will, on the one hand, assure us that most Australians support gay marriage, yet in the next breath express ardent opposition to a referendum to change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution to reflect that apparent groundswell of support. Plain English translation: "Don't ask the people. We, the political elites, will tell you what the masses think."






Fear over marriage changes

Lisa Cox - The Canberra Times







ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is wary of making further changes to the ACT's new same-sex marriage law for fear the legislation will be watered down to resemble civil unions. The ACT government is still considering whether to amend the act after talks with constitutional law experts on Monday.


















Politics

Get rid of Greens or quit, Labor rebel Brenton Best tells Premier Lara Giddings


David Killick - The Mercury





Outspoken Labor MP Brenton Best has told Premier Lara Giddings she should step down if she won't sever the Government's link with the Greens. Mr Best, who represents the North-West seat of Braddon, said he was not alone in fearing the alliance would drag the party down at the upcoming state election.






Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Victorian branch claims 'complete betrayal' as party splits

Heather Ewart - ABC







The Victorian branch of Ricky Muir's Motoring Enthusiast Party says it is owed thousands of dollars for helping to get him elected. Members of the branch - which has split from the party's Queensland founders - say they are still waiting to have any contact with Mr Muir, who was elected to a Victorian Senate spot last month.










Other

How the Bible can help make you rich


Sean Hyman - BRW







Want a best-selling book jammed with top tips on how to become rich? Try the Bible. You may not realise it but the Bible is packed with sage business advice, according to a prominent US investment analyst.








Tomb raiders hit with shrapnel - complaints flood War Memorial over plan to remove 'Known Unto God' from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Gemma Jones - Daily Telegraph





The War Memorial was hit with dozens of complaints about its plan to delete "Known Unto God" from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, director Brendan Nelson admitted yesterday. Dr Nelson defended the plan, which was reversed because of the outpouring of anger and pressure from the Abbott government, denying it had been driven by political correctness.