US: The March for Life in images
Jeffrey Bruno – Aleteia
What you won’t see in the mainstream media.
UK: Sex-selective abortion could be outlawed in months
The Christian Institute
Abortion carried out on the basis of sex could be outlawed in the UK within months. More than 70 MPs, representing each of the main parties, have put their names to an amendment to the Government’s Serious Crime Bill to prevent abortion on the grounds of an unborn baby’s sex.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has condemned his country’s dwindling number of girls, launching a campaign to address the problem the United Nations has said amounts to a national emergency.
Children & Family
Rosie Batty: The system let her down. But she stood up.
Amy Stockwell – Mamamia
In February last year, the justice system let Rosie Batty down. That same day she stood up.
Baby hatches: the safest solution for abandoned newborns?
Margaret Ambrose – Herald Sun
On the morning of November 15 last year, David Otte and his 18-year-old daughter, Hayley, were cycling alongside the M7 in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill when they heard a strange noise coming from a drain.
Parents desperate to adopt from overseas will be assisted by a new bureau of dedicated federal Government advocates who will help them negotiate with foreign governments and cut through red tape, in Tony Abbott’s landmark overhaul of the adoption system.
Drugs & Alcohol
The ice demon that is sidelining our police force
It began when this man was spotted allegedly ripping out a fire hydrant in a suspected ice frenzy — and ended with the desperate efforts of nine police and not one but two sedative injections more than 50 minutes later.
Actors bring humour to new sex education resource
Henrietta Cook – The Age
A new teaching kit for Victorian schools hopes to breathe new life into awkward sex education classes by including advice on how to use condoms from well-known Australian actors. A light-hearted DVD will be released to Australian schools this week in response to La Trobe University research that revealed more than 40 per cent of teenagers did not use condoms when they last had sex.
Wind farm at Gullen Range a ‘mess’ as matter heads back to court
Louise Thrower – Canberra Times
The continuing legal fallout over the Gullen Range wind farm is shaping up as a “colossal mess,” says one observer. NSW Landscape Guardians chairman and Parkesbourne landowner David Brooks simply hopes the case is thrown out of court.
Australia Day: Tony Abbott promises not to neglect Indigenous recognition
In his Australia Day message, the prime minister says he will continue to work towards ‘completing our constitution’
Cormann backs inquiry into indigenous purchase of Ayers Rock Resort
Heath Aston – SMH
The purchase of the five-hotel Ayers Rock Resort overlooking Uluru, by the Indigenous Land Corporation is to be investigated by the federal government.
Monarchy and missteps haunt Tony Abbott
Dennis Shanahan – The Australian
Tony Abbott’s cabinet colleagues are staggered at the political damage and distraction of his appointing Prince Philip as a knight of Australia just as he is seeking calm within the Coalition. Even the Prime Minister’s supporters are concerned at his apparent lack of awareness of the political damage of his decision and the immediate backlash against the government.
Nigeria: WFP raises alarm over state of Nigerian refugees
Wole Oyebade – All Africa
The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday raised alarm over the situation of displaced Nigerians in the northeastern part of the country and in the Chadian Lac side border. The WFP, at a briefing in Geneva, Switzerland said the state of more than 13,000 refugees “remain tense and highly volatile” and would require $11 million to meet their needs.
As the Young Australian of the Year is announced for 2015, SBS revisits two previous young Australians of the year who came to Australia as refugees.
The significance of President El-Sisi’s greetings
Raymond Ibrahim – Gatestone Institute
On January 6, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi became the first Egyptian president ever to visit the St. Mark Cathedral during Coptic Christmas Eve Mass and offer his good wishes to the nation’s Christian minority. Because Islamic law bans wishing non-Muslims well on their religious celebrations, all previous presidents — Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak, and of course Morsi — had never attended Coptic Christmas mass.