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



New Attack on Abortion rights



Lisa Lanes, Green Left



In South Australia, where abortion is still legally considered a crime under the Criminal Act, women do not have the legal right to make their own reproductive choices. What we have now is tenuous and limited access to abortions through an under funded healthcare system



Children & Family



Children concerned over growing work - life imbalance



NZHerald



Many Australian children believe their parents work too hard, bringing stress home to eat into family time, a study has found. The Australian Institute of Family Studies, which also found that parents shared their children's concerns, follows a series of reports warning of a growing imbalance between home and work



Stillbirth law change



Port Lincoln Times



A VOTE on stillbirth registration reform in state parliament is likely to be put off while an alternative option is considered.



Port Lincoln resident Tarlia Bartsch has been pushing for the reform through Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire to have babies stillborn between 12 and 20 weeks registered with a birth certificate.



Marriage



Striving for balance over gay marriage



Judy Prisk – SMH



The retired High Court judge Michael Kirby told a Senate inquiry into gay marriage earlier this month that despite the heights he had reached in his career, he remained a second-class citizen because he could not marry his partner, Johan van Vloten. A reader wrote: ''It seems that all Kirby has to do is to raise his tired old hat and he gets a free kick from the Herald.''



This reader first raised the topic of balance in the Heralds' coverage of same-sex marriage in November: ''For heaven's sake, give someone else an equal chance to argue against this foolish policy.'' He believed then, and judging from his dozen or so letters since still does, that: ''You and I know that the editors and subs on the Herald are either homosexuals or pro-homosexual and using the church as a sop to accusations of bias.''



Obama's public support for same sex marriage did not lift his popularity



Reuters



President Barack Obama's show of support for gay marriage has inflamed political passions but has not given him a bump in popularity, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday. Roughly a third of Americans view Obama more favorably and a third less favorably because of his announcement that he supports the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed.



Australians must embrace gay marriage



Jeff Kennett - HeraldSun



TODAY, I call on the Catholic Church and the community to review its position on marriage. It is time our laws respected the rights of all law abiding individuals. Those laws should reflect contemporary educated attitudes, not just for marriage but to women and their role in society.



Professor resigns over anti gay stand



Mike Hedge - Ninemsn



A member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has resigned following the revelation of his public opposition to same-sex marriage.



Professor Kuruvilla George tendered his resignation from the Board of the Commission on Tuesday.



Doctors should stick with majority



Robert Battisti – Online Opinion



The recently-publicised senate submission by the newly-formed Doctors for the Family group risks undermining the mental health of thousands of Australians. Doctors are highly respected within the community and are able to influence public opinion. It is of great concern that this group of doctors may do so, despite them not representing the views of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and its nearly 90,000 members.



Overseas aid



UN seeks continued Australian Africa aid



Chris Johnson – Canberra Times



United Nations World Food Programme bosses from Africa are today in discussions with the Australian government over the need for continued aid to Somalia and South Sudan.



The delegation will meet with senior AusAID officials to plead a case that the troubled Horn of Africa region should not be overlooked as Australia decides where to direct its foreign aid spend.



Politics



500 Day until next Election



Phillip Hudson, Herald Sun



LIVE BLOG WITH THE PM AT 9AM: JULIA Gillard has launched a 500-day countdown to the next election, saying she is under no illusions about the massive task she faces to revive Labor's fortunes.



CDP candidate faces $46,000 bill



The Daily Telegraph.



NSW Greens senator Lee Rhiannon has moved to bankrupt a Christian Democratic Party candidate who disputed her 2009 federal election win. Ms Rhiannon lodged a creditors petition in the Federal Magistrates Court seeking $46,007 from Robyn Peebles, 63, a pastor in West Ryde.



Craig Thompson - Prostitutes credibility



The Australian



LABOR MP Craig Thomson - who is accused of embezzling $500,000 while national secretary of the Health Services Union - says he was set up by political enemies who wanted to destroy him. According to Mr Thomson, they engaged in an elaborate plot to link him with prostitutes by stealing his credit card, using his mobile phone, forging his signature and producing his driver's licence.



Religious Freedom



Religious freedom endangered - Canda



CAN, Benjamin Mann



Ottawa, Canada, May 15, 2012.- Freedom of religion and conscience are in danger of disappearing from Canadian society, the country's bishops warned on May 14. “In the past decade in Canada there have been several situations that raise the question whether our right to freedom of conscience and religion is everywhere respected,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops observed in Monday's pastoral letter.