Abortion

Top court rejects Arizona appeal over abortion drug law


Lawrence Hurley - Yahoo News



The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked Arizona from enforcing a state law that restricts access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses of RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill."




Drugs & Alcohol

The ice age: 12-year-olds are slaves to the drug but school counselling service is to be axed


Eamonn Duff - SMH



Three years ago, she was attending one of the state's top primary schools in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Today, she is 14-years-old and so consumed by her addiction to the drug ice, she has sold her body on Sydney's streets to fund her next fix.




Euthanasia

A controversial proposal could legalize assisted suicide in France in 2015


Virgile Dall’Armellina - Vice News



French president François Hollande announced Friday that a parliamentary debate on the right to "deep and continuous sedation" for terminally ill patients will be held in January 2015. The announcement came after French legislators submitted a proposal to the president on Friday, endorsing the right to relieve end-of-life suffering for patients with life-threatening conditions.




Gambling

James Packer's Crown takes control of BetEasy


Jessica Gardner and John Stensholt - Canberra Times



James Packer's Crown Resorts has done a deal with bookmaker Matthew Tripp that effectively gives the casino operator control of his online betting start-up BetEasy. The foray will give Crown access to rapid growth in fixed odds betting that is reshaping the $13 billion online wagering market, while BetEasy will be able to grow by marketing directly to some of Crown's biggest gamblers.




Health

Cocaine, amphetamine users more likely to take their own lives

Health Canal



Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behaviour amongst people who inject drugs, say researchers at the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre.




Marriage

Analysts doubt same-sex marriage actually in demand


Michael Carl - WND



The news clips every time another judge orders a state to endorse same-sex marriage follow a familiar pattern: A happy duo lines up for a marriage license, hugs and kisses for the camera then says, “We’ve waited [fill in the blank] years for this.” But after being imposed, mostly by judges, on a large portion of the United States, is same-sex marriage really in demand? Are there really multitudes of same-sex pairs lining up to buy a license?




Relationships in America: the good news

Mark Regnerus - Mercator Net



A new and very large nationally representative survey of Americans is shedding much light on the religious and relationship lives, behaviors, and attitudes of adults. It’s called the Relationships in America study, and a report on it was released earlier this week from the Austin Institute.




Same-sex divorce another weapon in marriage battle

Bob Unruh - WND



The victories for the homosexual-rights movement now have spawned a new issue, same-sex divorce, which opponents say is another tool to establish same-sex marriage in states that currently don’t recognize it.




Tennessee fights for 'one man and one woman' marriage

Stacey Barchenger - Tennessean



The Tennessee Attorney General is fighting to keep marriage in the Volunteer State between "one man and one woman."




Politics

What Victoria's new Labor government has in store


News Weekly



Daniel Andrews’ Labor Party defeated the Liberal-National coalition at the Victorian election on November 29 and will hold a majority of about six seats, although the ALP had a swing of only about 1.3 per cent on primary votes.




Victoria: Upper House looks like the bar from Star Wars

Josh Gordon - The Age



State Labor may have won the election with a majority of seats in the lower house, but it comprehensively lost the battle for the upper house. To pass legislation the new Government will need to wrangle at least seven extra votes from a group so diverse it might resemble the bar scene from Star Wars.




Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christians and Muslims gather at Egypt's al-Azhar University to condemn Islamist terrorism


Aleteia



Muslim and Christian theologians agreed to promote the concept of brotherhood among Christians, Muslims and adherents of other religions in the face of terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.




Beijing fury as Christians outnumber communists in China

Steve W. Mosher - News Weekly



Churches are overflowing, and communist leaders are furious, reports Steven W. Mosher, president of the US-based Population Research Institute.




Other

Can conservative women be feminists?


Kathleen Parker - The Clarion-Ledger



It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.




How to honour the victims of the Sydney siege

Tim Mayfield - ABC



After the Sydney siege, the most powerful response to this attack on our values and way of life does not lie with tactical assault groups, security agencies or even our politicians - it lies within all of us.




Sydney Martin Place hostage deaths: Messages of prayer, support flow for victims, survivors

Rachel Ford - Christian Today



There has been an outpouring of support for the victims and survivors of the Lindt cafe hostage incident, which left 3 dead after an over 8 hour standoff.