ACL compiles a daily media monitoring service of stories of interest to the Christian constituency relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. Visit the ACL’s website each day to see what’s of interest in the news. Please note that selection of the articles does not represent ACL endorsement of the content.



If Gosnell is guilty of murder, when does life begin?

Archbishop Cranmer Blogspot

The monstrous case of Dr Kermit Gosnell, largely censored by the mainstream media, is at last making the headlines. His abortion house of horror, which earned him almost $2million a year, has been found by a jury to have been a literal slaughterhouse, where babies (aka 'late-term abortions') were born breathing and whimpering, clinging desperately to life, but were surgically dispatched with a quick snip to the back of the neck. And bags and bottles were found filled with foetal remains, including severed feet. On this conveyer-belt of death, one baby was delivered healthily at 30 weeks; another was born in a filthy toilet. They all went the same way - a pair of scissors in the back.


California bill exploits women, pays for their eggs for research

Rebecca Taylor - LifeNews

A new bill introduced into the California legislature would lift the ban on paying women for their eggs. AB 926, the Reproductive Health and Research Bill, says that to encourage reproductive health and research in the state, women need to be compensated for “donating” their eggs, a hot commodity in the embryonic stem cell research and infertility arenas. To acquire human eggs, a woman has to undergo an invasive procedure. First the woman is injected with drugs that stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs. This is called ovarian hyperstimulation. The woman then undergoes surgery to retrieve the eggs produced.

Children & Family

A quarter of young girls with absent fathers 'grow into depressed teenagers'

Nick McDermott - Daily Mail

Almost a quarter of girls whose fathers were absent during early childhood suffer depression as teenagers, a report says. Some 23 per cent will show symptoms such as sadness or severe tiredness later in life if their parent leaves before they turn five, researchers found. It makes them almost 50 per cent more likely to have future mental health problems than older girls, confirming previous studies that suggest pre-schoolers cope badly with break-ups because they are less likely to have a support network of friends and other family members.


Mini pulled over by ad watchdog


The ad watchdog has upheld a case against car brand Mini. While one complainant argued its ad "represented a new low in advertising" and was "completely inane". The watchdog disagreed. However, it did rule against the ad for other reasons. The ASB also upheld an ad from DVD and video game distributor All Interactive Entertainment, ruling it showed unjustified violence.

Drugs & Alcohol

Boy with cocaine in his sytem adopted following NSW Supreme Court ruling

The Daily Telegraph

A boy who was born with cocaine in his system has been adopted against the wishes of his natural parents following a Supreme Court ruling. The six-year-old NSW boy, known only as Samuel, was taken away from his natural parents when he was seven months old following an order of the Children's Court.

NSW government not convinced by marijuana report

Sarah Gerathy - ABC

The New South Wales Government has hinted it is unlikely to allow terminally ill people to legally use small amounts of marijuana, despite a cross-party parliamentary committee unanimously recommending the move. A parliamentary inquiry has recommended that terminally ill patients and people with AIDS be allowed to legally possess and use up to 15 grams of marijuana for medical purposes.

Police seize drugs, cash and alcohol at bikie gang clubhouse

Jason Dougherty - Sunshine Coast Daily

Drugs, cash and alcohol has been seized and four people arrested during a raid on the Sunshine Coast clubhouse of the Rebels Motorcycle Club on Tuesday night. Officers from the Tactical Crime Squad and Criminal Investigation Branch issued club members with a warrant at 8pm for the unlicensed sale of alcohol at the clubhouse. During the search, a large amount of cash, alcohol and drugs were found.


Euthanasia legalisation bill in New South Wales

National Right to Life News

Euthanasia activists keep trying to stretch the envelope. In New South Wales, Australia, a bill has been introduced that would not only permit active euthanasia but would be allow a very broad array of ill and disabled patients to be killed upon request. From, “The Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 2013: In this Act: assist or assistance, in relation to the death or proposed death of a patient, includes: (a) the prescribing and preparation of a substance for the patient, and the giving of a substance to the patient, for self-administration, and (b) the administration of a substance to the patient, if the patient is physically incapable of self-administering the substance.

Euro court seeks Swiss clarity on euthanasia

The Local

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday asked Switzerland to clarify its guidelines on euthanasia after an octogenarian who wanted to end her life failed to convince doctors to assist her in her suicide because she was not ill enough. Alda Gross, 82, had requested assisted suicide because of old age and an increasingly isolated and monotonous life. She argued she was frail and suffering a physical and mental decline, but did not suffer a serious illness.


IOC proposes global betting monitoring


The IOC is proposing the establishment of a global system for monitoring betting patterns during major sports events, the latest step in efforts to guard against corruption and match-fixing. An International Olympic Committee working group held its fourth meeting on Tuesday on the threat of illegal and irregular betting in sports. The IOC already has its own system in place for monitoring betting during the Olympics.

Human Rights

94000 dead in Syria conflict NGO revised toll assesses

Now: Syria latest news

More than 94,000 people have been killed in more than two years of conflict in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a newly-revised toll on Tuesday. The watchdog group said it revised the toll -- just two days after it announced a tally of 82,257 dead -- after receiving new information from regime-controlled Alawite areas of the Sunni-majority country. "Based on this information, the number of martyrs and dead killed since the beginning of the Syrian revolution is more than 94,000," it said in a statement.


Rehabilitation plea for indigenous offenders

Jonathan Mallinson - The Advocate

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre state secretary Trudy Maluga has urged the state government to take a closer look at the rehabilitation of Aboriginal offenders. Miss Maluga said that rather than locking Aborigines up if they committed a crime, there should be other methods in place so they did not reoffend.


NBC cancelled show displaying gay marriage as 'The New Normal'

CP Blogs

NBC has cancelled The New Normal a show about a homosexual couple in the process of adopting a baby, according to numerous news accounts. The show's last episode aired last Friday. Before the show was canceled, conservative group One Million Moms protested it saying, "The program has constantly ridiculed anyone who believes differently than its makers do and even mocks conservative values."


Abbott dodges booby trap

Michael Gordon - SMH

Tony Abbott appears set to defy the Gillard government's expectations and allow the axing of the baby bonus and cuts to family payments in the federal budget to pass through Parliament. The Opposition Leader is expected to ignore one of the biggest ''booby traps'' in the government's pre-election budget and blame the the loss of almost $5 billion in payments to middle-class families over four years on Labor's economic mismanagement.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Cycle trip to combat sex trade traffickers

Sam Rigney - Newcastle Herald

They may not be serious cyclists, but Newcastle’s Karen Farrell and Forster’s Amy Heague are intent on riding nearly 500 kilometres across one of the world’s poorest countries to raise awareness for a significant cause. Ms Farrell and Ms Heague are among 21 women who will cycle across Cambodia in October this year to help draw attention to human trafficking in a country considered the sex trade capital of the world.

LinkedIn is trying to ban the world's oldest profession

Owen Thomas - Read Write

LinkedIn just rolled out a number of changes to its privacy policy and user agreement, informing its more than 200 million members through a notice on the professional network's website. Most of the changes are simplification of the legalese. But one in particular caught our eye. According to LinkedIn, thou shalt not: i. Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christian teacher to be tried in Egypt for insulting Islam


Egypt's prosecutors on Tuesday referred a Christian schoolteacher to trial on charges of insulting Islam, judicial sources said. Dimiana Abdel-Nour, who was arrested on Wednesday, was accused by her Muslim students' parents of insulting Islam and comparing it to Christianity by saying that the late Coptic Pope Shenouda was better than the Prophet Mohammad. Alongside the political and economic turmoil Egypt has endured since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February 2011, tensions have risen between Muslims and Christians, especially since the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in June.


PNG says sorry for violence against women

Eoin Blackwell - ABC

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has apologised for the violence faced by women in his country and pledged a crackdown on perpetrators including a return to the death penalty. More than 1000 people - mostly women - gathered in Port Moresby's Sir John Guise Stadium for a national day of mourning, or "haus krai", over violence against women in Papua New Guinea. PNG has been rocked in recent months by a series of internationally condemned attacks on women - including the burning murder of a young mother, the beheading of a former teacher and the pack rape of an American academic.

Gay faithful win church's blessing
Mandy Squires - Geelong Advertiser

A Queenscliff church is standing up for equality with a special project designed to raise awareness of gay rights. Uniting Church ministers Kerry Lingham and Charles Gallacher, parents to twin gay sons, would also like people to know that, whatever their sexual orientation, the doors to their church are open wide.