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.



The terminators: using abortion as a form of contraception

Sarah Berry - SMH

Grace 31, was 18 when she had her first abortion. Since then, she has had five. To many, this figure is shocking, but she is not alone in having aborted multiple foetuses. The Daily Mail recently reported that Britain's National Health Service is spending around £1 million a week on repeat abortions. The paper revealed that the latest figures show some 189,000 abortions took place in the UK in 2010. Of these, more than 64,000 terminations were on women who had already had at least one abortion.

Mississippi may be first U.S. State with no abortion clinic

Esmé E. Deprez and Elizabeth Waibel - Business Week

Abortion will still be legal in Mississippi next month. It’s just that women who live there probably won’t be able to get one. Beginning July 1, all abortion-clinic physicians must have admitting privileges at a local hospital under a law passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by Republican Governor Phil Bryant in April. At the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state’s sole remaining clinic providing elective abortions, none of the three physicians who perform the procedure has been granted those privileges.


It’s looks like Final Fantasy, but with way more nudity and sex

Brian Ashcraft - Kotaku

Illusion Field claims to be the ultimate "undressing game". But this futuristic fantasy titles looks like it's taking its cues from Japanese role-playing games. Hello Final Fantasy! Hello naked people! The game promises realistic characters and a beautiful game world, and the official site repeatedly states how this is the next gen of these types of the games. Illusion Field is from Full Time, which is a label of Japanese adult computer game developer Illusion. Of course, Illusion is known for the Real Girlfriend games and the infamous Rapelay, which caused a Western media storm a few years back.

Drugs & Alcohol

Study: 40 million Americans ages 12 and older have addiction disease


Forty million Americans ages 12 and older have addiction involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, a disease affecting more Americans than heart conditions, diabetes or cancer according to a five-year national study released today by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia). Another 80 million people are risky substance users - using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in ways that threaten health and safety.


Government shores up chaplaincy program

Katina Curtis -

The federal government's solution to keep the national school chaplaincy program running has passed its first legislative hurdle. Other major Labor initiatives like the National Disability Insurance Scheme and several programs associated with the carbon pricing package have also been covered by new legislation after they too were deemed at risk because of a High Court decision.


Australia’s rich talk about saving the environment; the poor bear the burden of doing it

Lesley Head - The Conversation

Public housing tenants struggling with their bills will well understand NSW Community Services Minister Goward’s concern over the rising costs of nails and pots of paint. According to the minister, the carbon tax will push the price of household maintenance up; this is the reasoning behind an increase in public housing rents. But what’s fair about the state government passing its own carbon tax costs on to those least able to afford it?


Salvation from medical suicide


If assisted suicide is legalised in Canada, we cross the barrier from civilisation to savagery. No surprise I was in an outraged funk this past week over the decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia to strike down federal laws against medically delivered suicide. The judgment was, of course, morally horrifying, intellectually fraudulent, and politically destructive of Canadians as a self-governing people. Its transformation of our much vaunted public health care system into an instrument for delivering suicide should chill the blood of all who feel moral revulsion at the very thought of the State arranging and systematizing the deaths of citizens.


A winter of discontent

Catherine Garrett - Online Opinion

The dictionary definition of hardship is a condition that is difficult to endure; suffering, deprivation, lack of comfort or constant toil or danger. This descriptive "condition" is not hard to transfer from page to person. A visit to any welfare emergency centre across Melbourne attests to it. In St Albans, in the city's northwest, a quiet queue of people waits for a chance to receive food donations. They are given a range of items including cereal, bread and other household essentials. Their visit here makes the difference between going hungry and feeding themselves and their children.


Christian concern for marriage on display as over 500 churches log on to live webcast

Ben Williams - International News

In a big show of support for keeping the Marriage Act intact, tens of thousands of people in over 500 churches nation-wide logged on to a live webcast tonight organised by the Australian Christian Lobby. The televised webcast was conducted in a question and answer format with an expert panel comprising former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, family law expert Professor Patrick Parkinson, sexologist Patricia Weerakoon, and counsellors Allan and Helen Myer.

Humphries warning on same-sex marriages

Ross Peake - Canberra Times

Senator Gary Humphries is warning that future legislation allowing same-sex marriage could be struck down by the High Court, leaving gay couples devastated. The ACT Liberal says the Gillard government should not act ''irresponsibly'' by allowing gay marriage to become law.

Southern Baptists: Gay rights not civil rights

Travis Loller - Associated Press

A day after electing their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday were nearly unanimous in their support for the resolution that affirms their belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful."

ACL's Qld director subjected to abusive calls

Lachlan Bennett - GayNewsNetwork

Queensland’s leader of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Wendy Francis has had her mobile bombarded with abusive phone calls, messages and pornography. Francis told the that she estimated calls were coming in every five or six minutes, along with emails with pornographic images attached.


Julia Gillard orders MPs to go out and sell the carbon tax to a sceptical public

Ben Packham - The Australian

Julia Gillard will begin a fortnight-long national blitz next week to sell her carbon tax to a sceptical public, ordering ministers and backbenchers out into the electorate in a desperate bid to revive the government's fortunes. The Prime Minister today urged Labor caucus to hold its nerve and prosecute the government's agenda, reassuring MPs that Tony Abbott would be exposed after July 1 when the impact of the carbon tax fell short of his claims.

Prostitution & Human Trafficking

US: FBI sweep nets 79 child prostitutes

Mary Papenfuss - Newser

A national sweep by FBI agents and local police has netted 79 child prostitutes, some as young as 11, and 104 pimps. Most of the underage girls will be turned over to social service agencies, and the pimps have been arrested and charged, said officials. The prostitution operations are generally linked to mobsters with heartless "business strategies" who recruit vulnerable girls through social media, an FBI spokesman tells CBS.

18+ recommendation for marriage visas

A senate committee has recommended bumping up the minimum age of visa holders within the prospective marriage visa program to 18 to reduce the risk of forced marriage and human trafficking. The Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee reported back to the senate on Tuesday on its inquiry into the prospective marriage visa program.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christians nervous under new president Morsi


He's only two days into his presidency, but Egypt's president elect Mohamed Morsi has already made some promises to Christians. The question now is whether it's possible for him to keep them. The Muslim Brotherhood candidate was announced over the weekend to be the winner of Egypt's first democratic election. During his victory speech on Sunday, Morsi pledged to be "a president for all Egyptians," noting that Muslims and Christians both were vital to building Egypt.


Coalition, Labor trade blows on refugees

Phillip Coorey - SMH

Labor has accused the Coalition of seeking to profit politically from the deaths of asylum seekers by refusing to compromise and break the policy impasse between the two main parties. The charge was levelled after Tony Abbott again rejected an overture from the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the opposition immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, said that even if Labor caved in and offered to introduce the Coalition's policy, the Coalition would be wary because it did not trust Labor to administer it.

Opposition will talk if government offers TPVs: Pyne

Senior opposition frontbencher Christopher Pyne says the coalition would "talk turkey" with the federal government if Labor re-introduced temporary protection visas (TPV) for illegal boat arrivals. Labor and the coalition remain in a political deadlock over the offshore processing of asylum seekers after Opposition Leader Tony Abbott knocked back a return to the negotiating table.


True leaders don’t fear failure

Kevin Andrews - The Punch

There are two types of people who reach leadership positions. One type is driven by the hope or desire to succeed; the other by the fear of failure. In his study of military eaders, the psychologist, Norman Dixon, observed: “Whereas the former achieves out of a quest for excellence in his job, the latter achieves by any means available, not necessarily because of any sincere devotion to the work, but because of the status, social approval and reduction of doubts about the self that such achievement brings.”

Norway’s theatre of the absurd


The Norwegian drama has reached an impasse. The prosecutor has refused to play the avenging angel. Breivik refuses to play the babbling psycho. As a result, the court has become an asylum and Breivik has become Randle McMurphy, the misunderstood victim. Breivik and the court have taken the nihilism in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest to its logical end.

600 confiscated vehicles ready for the shredder

Mark Buttler - Herald Sun

Police have vowed to destroy more hoon cars with 600 confiscated vehicles already parked on death row. The Herald Sun was yesterday granted access to a police crushing session at a recycling plant. Twenty-nine cars were destroyed, bringing the total wrecked by the state to 311 since car-crushing laws were introduced two years ago.