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



The indefatigable Steven Ertelt reports another outrage from the infanticide fanatics at Planned Parenthood. Apparently Planned Parenthood is advocating that families use the Thanksgiving holiday (and the upcoming Christmas break) as a day to push their ideas on abortion onto friends and family.

http://www.chicagonow.com/publius-forum/2011/11/unbelievable-planned-parenthood-used-thanksgiving-holiday-to-push-abortion/



A city health department's "policy of inaction" cost a 41-year-old refugee her life after a botched abortion at a rogue medical clinic, the woman's family charged in a federal lawsuit.

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111125/NEWS01/111250341/Family-sues-over-abortion-death



Bioethics



“The media have always been in the tank for embryonic stem cell research, often breathlessly reporting hype and spin from company PR spokesmen as if it were hard news. This approach sprang largely from the media’s antipathy for the pro-life movement, the most prominent opponent of research requiring the destruction of human embryos. ...”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnfarrell/2011/11/25/a-conservative-protest-about-stem-cells-and-the-media/



Children and Family



Shelter from the storm



The Sunday Age asked foster parent Claire* to keep a diary over the past year. What emerged was a powerful insight into the joys and heartbreaks of those who refuse to give up on our most vulnerable children

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/shelter-from-the-storm-20111126-1o04p.html#ixzz1eqaNCTab



FEUDING mums and dads turning to the law over petty parenting disputes have been told to lift their game.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/warring-parents-told-to-put-children-first/story-fn7x8me2-1226206643297



Parents who do not have their children fully immunised will be stripped of family tax benefits under a scheme announced by the Federal Government.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-25/immunise-or-lose-benefits-parents-told/3694236/?site=newcastle



 Alcohol and Violence



The Benton City Council will meet to vote on an ordinance which could implement a city tax on alcohol. The Council is set to vote Monday on an ordinance that could implement it.

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/182344/2/City-of-Benton-voting-on-by-the-drink-alcohol-tax



A new police flying squad has taken to Melbourne streets as part of a co-ordinated plan to reduce assaults and alcohol-related crimes.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-rights-and-wrongs-of-night-patrol-20111125-1nz8p.html#ixzz1emHmmlbZ



Indigenous



Violence in Aboriginal societies needs to be tackled, even if it means that discussing the issue may add to negative stereotypes, an indigenous leader says.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8379372/take-action-on-indigenous-violence-gooda



Marriage



Reprieve for pro-gay marriage pastor



A BAPTIST minister who faced the sack over his support for same-sex marriage has won a reprieve after a meeting that was to be held today to decide his future was cancelled. Lilydale Baptist Church has been in turmoil since senior pastor Matt Glover said on a gay website two months ago that he favoured same-sex marriage.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/reprieve-for-progay-marriage-pastor-20111126-1o0i0.html#ixzz1eqYWlBem



IF you are fed up with hearing about gay marriage, then join the club.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/towards-the-end-of-all-wedlock/story-e6frgd0x-1226206489894



In a landmark case aimed at capping decades of legal hand-wringing, a B.C. court has upheld Canada’s anti-polygamy law as constitutional – condemning multiple marriage as a practice that encourages abuse of women, endangers children and creates an underclass of dangerously ostracized young men.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-politics/bc-court-upholds-anti-polygamy-law-as-constitutional/article2246238/



Grassroots lobby group GetUp! has today released a new promotional video for marriage equality that has left the Star Observer team a little misty eyed.

http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/australia-news/new-south-wales-news/2011/11/25/getup-calls-time-on-equality/66599



Politics



Re-elected Labor Party president Jenny McAllister says yes to gays, no to uranium

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/re-elected-labor-party-president-says-yes-to-gays-no-to-uranium/story-fn59niix-1226206539925



The Supreme Court in Hobart has heard the medication taken by former MP Terry Martin for Parkinson's Disease led to him straying from his usual sexual preferences.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-22/20111122-lawyer-details-martin27s-sex-obession/3687096?section=tas



Prostitution and Sex Trafficking



Chicago just hosted an infuriatingly insightful show and tell on sex trafficking, with a West Side pimp providing the sordid show and a prominent legal scholar providing the tell.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/25/us/raising-awareness-of-sex-trafficking-one-lecture-at-a-time.html



TWO Midland lawyers whose fight to expose a United Nations cover-up of the Bosnian sex trade was turned into a film want more action to be taken over the issue of sex trafficking.

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2011/11/25/midland-lawyers-call-for-more-action-against-sex-trade-97319-29838260/#ixzz1emQWWrIB



EDUCATION



Battle lines drawn over school cash



PUBLIC and private schools face the biggest funding overhaul in decades as the Gillard Government prepares to scrap the current system.Warning Australia risks a "two-tiered school system" that fails the nation's struggling students, Education Minister Peter Garrett has slammed the system as "all over the place".

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/battle-lines-drawn-over-school-cash/story-fn7x8me2-1226207033797



 WORLD NEWS



Morocco Islamists win landmark election



MOROCCO'S moderate Islamists have won the most seats in a landmark parliamentary election, the latest religious party to achieve spectacular gains on the back of the Arab Spring.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/morocco-islamists-win-landmark-election/story-e6frf7jx-1226207145562