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.



Woman died after abortion, US court told

Maryclaire Dale - AAP

Karnamaya Mongar survived 20 years in a refugee camp after fleeing war-torn Bhutan, but died months after arriving in the US in 2009 and seeking an abortion. Mongar, 41, is the subject of one of eight murder counts in the ongoing Philadelphia trial of Dr Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell, an abortion provider, is also charged with killing seven babies allegedly born alive.

Court ruling saves lone abortion clinic in Mississippi

Matt Cantor - Newser

Mississippi's only abortion clinic will remain open—at least for now—following a federal judge's ruling yesterday that blocked part of a state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges. The two doctors behind most abortions at the Jackson Women's Health Organization lack those privileges, the New York Times reports. The judge's ruling, which isn't final, bars the implementation of the law during its consideration in court.

Children & Family

Bad dads blamed for sons' bar brawls


Over-controlling abusive fathers could be setting their sons up to become drunken brawlers, according to a study. The researchers found the risk of bar violence increases after five drinks. A Deakin University team evaluated the responses of 121 young men and found those who had abusive fathers were more likely to be involved in bar violence. The men aged 18 to 25 were asked about alcohol consumption, levels of male bar-room aggression, fathering style and roles modelled by their fathers.


Wicked slogan targets Abbott

David Ellery - The Canberra Times

Wicked campervans has moved its controversial social critiques into the political arena with a slogan targeting Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. One of the company's distinctive low-rent campers, bearing the message ''Tony Abbott drinks and smokes and lends his ass (sic) to other blokes'' was spotted just short of National Circuit on Tuesday morning. The sighting of the Queensland-registered white Mitsubishi comes days after the company was ordered to ''modify or remove'' three messages from the sides of vans by the Advertising Standards Bureau.

Zoo scoffs at claims ad watchdog forced its hand

Amy Kellow - Ad News

Zoo Weekly has rubbished suggestions that its removal of user-generated comments had anything to do with the ad watchdog. The lads mag told AdNews it did so on its own initiative because some reader-generated content was "damaging the brand". The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) rapped the Bauer-owned men's magazine late last year over content on its Facebook page which it believed had breached several codes about discriminatory and sexist content.

Drugs & Alcohol

Court told of attempted drug smuggling

Emily Portelli - Herald Sun

A man involved in importing 390 litres of liquefied drugs in beer bottles from Mexico retrieved the drug-laden cargo not knowing police had replaced its contents with water, a court has heard. Adrian Franze, 32, acted with two other men in trying to obtain 133kg of pure methylamphetamine and 14.1 kg of pure cocaine smuggled by ship to Melbourne, prosecutor Daniel Gurvich told a Supreme Court jury.

Heavy-drinking balcony fall victim sues


A man who fell from the balcony of a sailing club while attempting a handstand is suing for damages, arguing he should not have been allowed there because he was heavily intoxicated. Simon Cucuk, 25, suffered head, back and brain injuries when he fell from the balcony of Grange Sailing Club in Adelaide during a birthday party in September 2008.


Sport concussion guidelines rife with conflicts of interest

Bradley Partridge & Wayne Hall - The Conversation

Athletes and officials in charge of collision sports (such as rugby league, AFL and American football) have an uneasy relationship with concussion; it’s an unavoidable feature of their games and there’s considerable debate about its short and long-term health effects. But the recent focus on concussion has also highlighted conflicts of interest in its management.

Prosecutor wraps up case against HIV acrobat


The Crown prosecutor has presented his closing address in the Queensland trial of a circus acrobat accused of knowingly transmitting HIV to a former girlfriend. Godfrey Zaburoni, 34, has pleaded not guilty in the Southport District Court to a charge of intent to transmit a serious disease. He has pleaded guilty to an alternate charge of grievous bodily harm.


NZ set to legalise gay marriage in Asia-Pacific first


New Zealand is set to legalise same-sex marriage, which would make the country the first in the Asia-Pacific region to approve the measure. New Zealand's gay community is gearing up to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage, which would make the country the first in the Asia-Pacific region to approve the measure.


Plunging carbon price to hit budget

Emma Griffiths - ABC

The Federal Opposition says a potential multi-billion dollar hit to the budget following a plunge in Europe's carbon price has put future tax cuts and pension rises "at risk". The Government's carbon package includes compensation for pensioners and low to middle-income households and a second round of tax cuts in 2015-16. But opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says the slump in the carbon price in Europe, the world's largest carbon market, will have a costly impact on Australia's carbon market.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Brisbane woman pleads guilty to 20 offences including child trafficking and prostituting her own daughter

Tony Keim - The Courier-Mail

A Brisbane mother has become the first to be convicted under Australia's child trafficking laws. The woman pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to 20 offences including child trafficking, prostituting her own daughter, and five indecent treatment of her own child under 12. The woman, who cannot be named, also pleaded guilty to four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child. The mother has been jailed for nine years and will be eligible for parole after serving four years.


Gillard backs ASIO bans on refugees

Daniel Flitton - SMH

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has strongly backed security black-bans on 55 refugees held in detention, despite legal and activist concerns ASIO will retain its final veto over a new independent review. A 10-day hunger strike in Melbourne's north by 27 of those black-banned refugees, who have been branded a threat by ASIO and held for up to four years, has sharpened the focus on Australia's practice of indefinite detention.

Senator refused access to hunger strikers


Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says she has been banned from visiting a group of Tamil and Burmese refugees who are on their tenth day of a hunger strike at the Broadmeadows detention centre in Melbourne. Senator Hanson-Young says the Immigration Minister's office told her yesterday that she would not be allowed to see the group.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

An Islamic declaration of war on Christianity

Raymond Ibrahim - Front Page

While it is easy to confuse the recent jihadi attack on Egypt’s St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo as just more of the usual, this attack has great symbolic significance, and in many ways bodes great evil for Egypt’s millions of Christians. Consider some facts: St. Mark Cathedral—named after the author of the Gospel of the same name who brought Christianity to Egypt some 600 years before Amr bin al-As brought Islam with the sword—is not simply “just another” Coptic church to be attacked and/or set aflame by a Muslim mob.