Abortion

English doctor faces charges for sex-selection abortion

Catholic World News



A doctor in Birmingham, England, will face criminal charges for offering to perform a sex-selection abortion.




In first-ever speech to Duma, Russian patriarch calls for total abortion ban

Life Site News



In the first-ever speech by a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Duma, Patriarch Kirill has called on the Russian government to build on its support for the family and traditional marriage by defunding abortion in the country, with the objective of eliminating the killing of pre-born children altogether.




US: Abortion vote shows how much Democrats' world has changed

Ron Elving - NPR



This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20 weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it.




Classification

Bonds first off the bat


Rag Trader



Bonds is the first fashion brand to get hauled before the fun police this year. The intimate apparel label had to defend a Boxing Day campaign promoting its women's line.




Drugs & Alcohol

Doctor took drugs left over from surgery at Canberra's Calvary Hospital


ABC



A Canberra doctor has admitted taking drugs left over from operations for his own personal use, including an opioid used to prevent pain after surgery.




Education

Girls lead boys in academic achievement globally


Health Canal



Considerable attention has been paid to how boys’ educational achievements in science and math compare to girls’ accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys outperform girls in these areas.




Euthanasia

Young and old at risk from ‘naïve’ assisted suicide plans


The Christian Institute



Members of the Scottish Parliament have been warned that legalising assisted suicide would make terminally ill young people feel like an “unburdenable load” on their families. A committee of MSPs has also been told that elderly patients could be encouraged to kill themselves to avoid costly care bills if the plans are brought in.




Gambling

Queensland election: Ban politicians from election bets, says academic


Kim Stephens - Brisbane Times



Amid saturation advertising from online betting agencies throughout the state election campaign, University of Queensland law professor Graeme Orr said that while the outcomes of elections were less dependent on the players than in sports games, the explosion in novelty betting, such as predicting an election date or the outcome of a leadership contest, could easily be exploited by insider knowledge.




Marriage

Marriage on the Chopping Block?

Phyllis Schlafly - Town Hall



Within hours after the Supreme Court announced it would decide whether the Constitution requires every state to recognize marriages between persons of the same sex, the New York Times published an editorial gleefully predicting the inevitable outcome. When its ruling comes down in June, the Times assures us, the Supreme Court will "end the debate once and for all."




'Married at 15 to a man twice your age' - ads against under-age marriage target migrants

Michael Kenny - SBS



The New South Wales government is targeting the state's migrant communities through a new public-awareness campaign about the illegality of under-age forced marriage.




Politics

Queensland election 2015: the six key issues


The Guardian



Privatisation, transparency, mining, the reef, health and bikie laws are the key policy battlegrounds in Saturday’s poll.




High-profile independent candidates set to benefit from protest votes in Queensland election

The Courier Mail



High-profile independents are expected to reap the reward of the protest vote in some regional seats, with analysts describing Palmer United and Katter’s Australian parties as “spent forces” in Queensland.




Queensland Election 2015: LNP to lose Family First preferences

Amy Remeikis - Brisbane Times



The LNP will miss out on Family First preferences – because they didn't return their phone calls. Family First state director and party chairman Simon Green said he had attempted to speak with LNP state director Brad Henderson about a preference deal, but never heard back.




Refugees

Manus Island asylum seekers declare end to two-week long hunger strike


The Guardian



At least 60 detainees are being held at Lorengau jail after being arrested during the protest as the PNG prime minister says ‘issues’ on Manus have been resolved




Other

Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says


Adam Sherwin - The Independent



The Islamists who committed the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris should be not be described as “terrorists” by the BBC, a senior executive at the corporation has said.