Abortion

Ireland rules out referendum on abortion, but puts gay ‘marriage’ on the ballot


Thaddeus Baklinski - Life Site News



Ireland's health minister backed away from both sides of the abortion issue on Tuesday when he ruled out holding a referendum to establish the legality of the Irish abortion law.




Pro-abortion to pro-life: Why I changed my mind

The Christian Institute



A former abortion clinic employee has written about her dramatic shift in mindset that means she now believes abortion “kills a living, growing member of the human family”.




Missouri bill requires women to get permission from man for an abortion

Nisha Chittal - MSNBC



A new proposed bill in the Missouri state legislature would require women to get a man’s permission before being able to obtain an abortion. If passed, the law would require women seeking an abortion to get consent from the man who is the father of the child




Bioethics

Here's what doctors really think about the most controversial questions in medicine


Kevin Loria - Business Insider



Letting doctors help a terminally ill person end their life is controversial.




Euthanasia

Killing has taken its toll: Abortion’s slippery slope has turned into euthanasia

Bobby Schindler - Life News



Anybody paying attention to what has happened in our nation, and worldwide for that matter, regarding the lack of reverence for the dignity of life, is probably aware of the advances the culture of death has made over the past several decades. Here is some of what has happened.




Homelessness & Poverty

Class, not generation, is the real dividing line


Emily Millane - ABC



A new report has found that young people are financially worse off than ever, but we mustn't forget older Australians when thinking about generational poverty.




Marriage

Same-sex marriage harms free speech, new Ontario judge wrote in 2012

Sean Fine - The Globe and Mail



A law professor named an Ontario judge this week wrote two years ago for a conservative, U.S.-based institute that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada has harmed religious freedom and free speech, and led to the “indoctrination” of children in public schools.




Judge grants first gay divorce in Florida

John Johnson - Newser



A judge in Florida made a little history today by granting the state's first divorce of a gay couple, reports AP. But because the decision involves two different states and pending appeals, thing get convoluted in the way that only gay-marriage cases can.




US: Census Bureau proposes dropping some marriage and divorce questions

D'vera Cohn - Pew Research



The Census Bureau has proposed dropping a series of questions about marriage and divorce from its largest household survey of Americans, touching off a debate about the usefulness of such data.




Sarkozys beg to differ as Carla backs gay marriage

Charles Bremner - The Times



Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of Nicolas Sarkozy, has undermined the former French president’s efforts to oppose gay marriage by declaring that she not only backs the institution but also favours “sex for everyone”.




Politics

Katy Gallagher endorsed for Senate vacancy, set to resign from Assembly


Tom McIlroy - The Canberra Times



Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will formally resign from the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, bringing to an end her 13 year tenure as she prepares to move to the Senate. Ms Gallagher wrote to Assembly speaker Vicki Dunne via email on Thursday to advise she would present a formal letter of resignation next week.




Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

When he got me pregnant, I faked an abortion so my sex trafficker would let me go


Darlene Pawlik - Life News



I was trapped in the sex trafficking industry. Trafficking in persons is not like any regulated industry. There are no rules.




Refugees

Scott Morrison allows asylum seeker babies to be processed in Australia


Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon - The Age



More than 30 babies born to asylum seeker mothers in Australia will be able to stay in the mainland with their families and not be processed on Nauru under a secret deal struck by crossbencher Ricky Muir.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iraq’s quiet Christian genocide


Johnnie Moore - Fox News



They went to church to hunt Christians, again. The blood had splashed everywhere, even on the ceiling of the Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad. The terrorists had arrived dressed as security guards. Then they locked the doors and unloaded their weapons. They were yelling “God is Great” as they slaughtered men, women and children. They killed 58 and injured 100 more that morning.




Free Asia Bibi

Sheila Liaugmimas - Mercator Net



And countless others she personifies.




Sharp rise in number of Christian girls being attacked in Pakistan

Laurice Chavez - Christian Today



The assault on Christian girls in Pakistan continues, and the number of cases has risen to an alarming rate. One of the most recent incidents targeting the country's Christian minority is the alleged rape of two teenage girls at gunpoint in Pakistan's Punjab province.




Pakistan Supreme Court orders arrest of Muslim clerics who incited mob to kill Christian couple with pregnant wife

Christian Post



Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of two Muslim clerics for inciting a violent mob of hundreds of Muslims to brutally beat, torture, burn and murder a married Christian couple in the Punjab Province in early November.




Other

John Howard slams calls for relaxation of gun laws


Latika Bourke and Stephanie Peatling - SMH



Former prime minister John Howard has slammed a lone federal call to relax gun laws in the wake of the fatal Sydney siege as "simplistic and flawed". NSW Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm said on Thursday denying people access to weapons had turned Australia into a "nation of victims".




Australian politicians are auctioning off their time for marriage equality

Gay Star News

Some of Australia’s leading politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster, have offered to have lunch with donors to a campaign to raise $50,000 for Australian Marriage Equality