Abortion

Cashier told woman she should have had an abortion — Her response was priceless


Inquisitr



Sherry, a 28-year-old mother of two, wrote an interesting post on her blog last month about an exchange with a cashier who essentially felt Sherry should have had an abortion. The conversation was in reference to Sherry’s young son, Gabe, who has Down Syndrome. According to the now-viral blog post, the comment was made during a shopping trip back in January.




Children & Family

Pregnant men: New statistics reveal men have given birth to 54 babies in Australia


Samantha Maiden - Daily Telegraph



Men have given birth to 54 babies in Australia over the past year according to official Medicare statistics which now allow patients to nominate their own gender.




Drugs & Alcohol

'It's definitely the drug of our generation': Ecstasy remains a choice for many despite risks


Harriet Alexander and Michael Koziol - SMH



Toby, a tertiary educated piano teacher, considers himself a safe user of ecstasy. He likes to know the dealer, or for one of his friends to have bought from that person before, and he prefers caps over pills because he can see the substance through the transparent casing.




Georgina Bartter: How can we stop another tragic drug death?

Shelley Hadfield - Herald Sun



Behind the picturesque setting, an ugly tragedy emerged. Sydney’s Harbourlife festival had started off like any other dance event, with music, friends and fun.




Environment

Climate change in G20 communique after 'trench warfare'


Tom Allard - SMH



The final G20 communique includes a significant passage on climate change after "difficult discussions" among leaders on Sunday, and despite an impassioned defence of coal and fossil fuel industry by prime minister Tony Abbott.




Euthanasia

The mysticism of Swiss assisted suicide


Michael Cook - Mercator Net



A overlooked dimension of the right-to-die debate is that suicide is no ordinary right, like the right to good health care or the right to a passport. For those who believe in it, helping people to die is a deep personal commitment. And this stunning Swiss documentary suggests that if euthanasia were legalised, true believers would aggressively proselytise and promote it with all the fervour of a religion. It is not something to look forward to.




Pope denounces euthanasia as 'sin against God and creation'

The Age



Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when it's a sin against God and creation.




Australian euthanasia doctor battles deregistration

Paul Russell - Mercator Net



On Wednesday the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal wrapped up three days of appeal hearings launched by Philip Nitschke, director of the euthanasia lobby group Exit International, against the suspension of his medical registration in July.




Gambling

Gambling ads soar following ACMA 2013 live odds ban


Alana Schetzer - The Age



Gambling advertising has soared more than 250 per cent since Australia's broadcasting authority banned the promotion of live betting odds during sports coverage.




Marriage

UK: Pressure mounts on Red Cross over elderly volunteer axed after gay marriage protest


John Bingham - Telegraph



The Red Cross is coming under growing pressure to reinstate a long-standing volunteer who was dismissed after staging a one-man protest against gay marriage. MPs have tabled a motion in the Commons voicing “deep concern” at the treatment of Bryan Barkley, 71, from West Yorkshire, and urging the charity to reconsider.




Politics

Why Lambie won’t quit (although she really has)


Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun



Jacqui Lambie has done everything but formally quit Clive Palmer’s party.






Labor won't form government with Greens: Daniel Andrews

The Age



Labor leader Daniel Andrews says he won't form government with the Greens, despite an offer from Greens leader Greg Barber. Mr Barber said his party would be prepared to work conditionally with a Labor government.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Boko Haram seizes Chibok, hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls


Daily Star



Boko Haram has seized the town of Chibok in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, from where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped more than six months ago, a local pastor and a senator told AFP Friday. "Chibok was taken by Boko Haram. They are in control," said Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose daughter and niece are among the 219 teenagers still being held.




Woman proclaiming Christ ejected from Muslim prayers at National Cathedral

Robert Spencer - Jihad Watch



The spectacle of a woman being forcibly ejected from what is ostensibly a Christian cathedral for proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord just before Muslim prayers are about to begin is at very least evidence that we live in strange times.




Christian booted from national cathedral speaks out

Leo Hohmann - WND



Tells why she made trip from Tennessee to counter Muslim prayer service.




Sexualisation of Society

Redfoo this isn’t an apology: it’s an insult to all women


Melinda Tankard Reist blog



If Redfoo wants to “unite all of us through laughter, dance and celebration” he’s got a strange way of going about it. There’s nothing funny or celebratory in a rape-culture-promoting track.




Tasmanian barbershop has bikini-clad hairdressers, free beer, sport

Sam Rigney - The Examiner



Bikini-clad hairdressers, a complimentary can of beer, a handful of snacks and highlights of cage-fighting, Crusty Demons and State of Origin. But critics of the region’s first bikini barbershop have labelled it degrading to staff and unlikely to succeed.




Other

Sex differences: Some stereotypes but one is key to the family


Dale O'Leary - Aleteia



Women and men naturally see their family roles very differently.