Abortion

US: Fight over abortion shapes up in congress


US News



Abortion foes hope that legislation to limit the procedure will have broader implications.




Obama threatens to veto abortion bill

Sarah Ferris - The Hill



The Obama administration on Tuesday threatened to veto the GOP-backed bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks, calling it a “direct challenge” to a court-protected right for women.




An interview with Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, President of the March for Life

Susan Wills - Aleteia



Could you tell readers about the theme chosen for the 2015 March for Life events — “Every Life is a Gift”? Do you mean to draw attention to a particular subgroup of people, such as unborn children who are likely to be aborted? What do you hope to convey through this theme?




Children & Family

Fearful victims cower behind piece of paper


Luke Foley - The Daily Telegraph



We don’t want any more murders. That was the plea by the chief executive of Domestic Violence NSW on the front page of Monday’s Daily Telegraph. As leader of NSW Labor, and more importantly a husband and father of three young children, it’s a cry I’m determined to act on now.




Classification

UK internet company will automatically install anti-porn filter for 5.3 million customers


Life Site News



One of the UK's largest internet providers is proving it is serious about it's commitment to online safety, especially for children, by making its network-level content filtering software "on" by default, leaving it up to the customer to have to actively turn it off if they choose.




Drugs & Alcohol

Exposure to alcohol TV ads associated with underage drinking


News Medical Net





Seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youths was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking, according to a study by researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock published online by JAMA Pediatrics.




Former Gold Coast Drug Council vice-president admits to being an ice addict

Ninemsn



The former vice-president of the Gold Coast Drug Council has pleaded guilty to possession of ice and drug paraphernalia at a hearing in Queensland. The Southport Magistrate's Court heard that Peita Louise Melville became a doctor after spending six years as a heroin addict in her early 20s.




Education

Higher education reforms: Government flags further changes, Pyne says he'll 'do whatever needs to be done'


Naomi Woodley - ABC



The Federal Government has indicated it is willing to compromise further to get its planned changes to the higher education sector through the Senate. Education Minister Christopher Pyne has declared he will "do whatever needs to be done" to make sure Australia's universities are the best they can be.




Euthanasia

We cannot have "zero suicides" if we allow euthanasia


The Telegraph



Suicide does not magically become "assisted dying" when the poison is prescribed and the setting is pleasant. We're either fine with it, or we aren't.




Health

Inquest to examine factors leading to self-harm deaths of six youths


David Killick - The Mercury



An inquest into the self-harm deaths of six young people has opened in Hobart. Coroner Olivia McTaggart this morning offered her condolences to the families of the young people and said the hearing was likely to be difficult, but she hoped that it was able to provide them some greater insight into the factors which led to the deaths.




Homelessness & Poverty

Fears family violence royal commission and cuts will spark homelessness crisis


The Guardian



Royal commission expected to lead to spike in women leaving abusive partners, meaning federal cuts to welfare services couldn’t come at a worse time, says Victorian minister Martin Foley.




Politics

Queensland election: ReachTEL poll puts LNP ahead of Labor


Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times



With 10 days to go until the election, the LNP has pulled ahead of Labor in the polls. A ReachTEL poll commissioned by Seven News questioned 1635 Queenslanders on Tuesday night and found support for the LNP had grown by 2 per cent since the snap election was announced.




Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Freed Yazidis tell of girls and women being raped and sold into sexual slavery by Isis fighters


Patrick Cockburn - The Independent



Many girls from the Yazidi community in Iraq are committing suicide after being raped and sold into sexual slavery by Isis fighters who captured them last August. And some 200 Yazidis, held prisoner for five months before being freed at the weekend because they were sick or old, report continuing mistreatment of those still captive.




Refugees

First two refugees move out of Manus detention compound to resettlement centre


Sarah Whyte - SMH



An Iranian engineer and a Pakistani human resources manager who were found to be refugees while on Manus Island have voluntarily moved to new temporary accommodation on the outskirts of the island's main town, in the country's first step to resettlement.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Growing tolerance, reduced persecution – Something to pray about


Martin Roth - Bos News Life



Events in the Middle East during 2014, and now in Paris at the start of 2015,suggest that militant Islamism is on the move. At the same time it often seems that the persecution of Christians is intensifying throughout the Muslim world.




Sexualisation of Society

This is why the demise of Page 3 Girls is so important


Clementine Ford - Brisbane Times



After 44 years, it appears that British tabloid The Sun has finally brought an end to the sexist spectacle that was the Page 3 Girl. Well, it's only 2015 after all.