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. Abortion UK woman jailed for ‘self-abortion’SMH
A British woman who aborted her own baby within a week of his due date has been jailed for eight years.Anti-abortion protesters cleared over foetus postersBBC News
A campaigner who displayed graphic banners of aborted foetuses outside an abortion clinic in Brighton has been cleared of public order offences.Bioethics Britain eyes radical plan to create babies with three parentsNick Collins – SMH
LONDON: Britain could become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of babies with three biological parents following the launch yesterday of a public consultation commissioned by the government.There’s nothing nasty, or Nazi, about gene selectionJulian Savulescu – The Punch
We should use the emerging knowledge from genetics to have not just healthier children, but children with better genes. Unfortunately however, talking about better genes invites the objection, “That’s eugenics. That’s what the Nazis did.”Children & FamilyChild protesters ‘looking for approval of their parents’Glenda Kwek – The Examiner
It has become one of the most evocative images of the violent protests in Hyde Park in Sydney - James Brickwood's photo of a young child holding a banner with the words ''behead all those who insult the prophet''.Kids racking up huge bills on mobile gamesSuzanne Smith – ABC Online
There is a call for urgent regulation of so-called "free" apps that end up costing parents hundreds of dollars on their iTunes accounts.Concern for young children on antidepressantsNinemsn
Australian children as young as two are being prescribed antidepressants causing concern among mental health experts.Drugs & Alcohol More dying from illegal drug tradePeter Mickelburough – Herald Sun
A deadly epidemic of "hillbilly heroin" has seen a surge in arrests for possession of prescription drugs and contributed to 270 deaths from prescription drug overdoses in Victoria last year.Education Qld’s independent public schools announcedSBS
Queensland will have 26 independent schools for the first time, having the power to control their budget and recruit staff.Parents fight to keep their children in the same schoolsEvonne Barry – Herald Sun
Public schools cannot guarantee spots for their students' younger siblings, as the squeeze on state education hits new levels.Environment Shell loses Arctic drilling race – for nowSMH
Shell's offshore drillers have lost their race with the Arctic winter and abandoned hope of striking oil this year but will drill wells before the ice closes in to prepare for a 2013 search for the region's elusive riches.IndigenousBilingual tack gains tractionPatricia Karvelas – The Australian
Federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett has declared he will talk to state governments about adopting bilingual education for indigenous children, arguing school attendance rates would improve if they were taught in their first language.
Grog bans contribute to cannabis use in remote areasNatasha Robinson – The Australian
Urgent action is needed to combat endemic rates of cannabis use in remote indigenous communities, the first research into the rate of drug abuse in Cape York revealing two-thirds of men and more than one-third of women are dependent on the drug.MarriageGay marriage bill debate is a victory, says Senator Penny WongAnna Caldwell – Herald Sun
As gay rights activists steel themselves for the likelihood of losing an historic Senate vote on same sex marriage this week, Senator Penny Wong says the very fact the issue was being fought on the floor of parliament was a victory.
Gay marriage bill ‘personal’ for senatorDan Harrison – The Age
Labor Senator Louise Pratt fought back tears in parliament as she spoke about being prevented by law from marrying her transgender partner.PoliticsPoll: Abbott erratic, angry and arrogantMichelle Grattan – Brisbane Times
Tony Abbott is seen as being significantly more arrogant, narrow-minded, intolerant, and aggressive than Julia Gillard, in a new poll underlining the Opposition Leader's image problem.Religious Freedom & PersecutionFamily of anti-Islam filmmaker in hidingThe Australian
The family of the film producer who has inflamed Muslims worldwide has joined him in hiding, as more cast members say they were duped into making it.RefugeesNauru not good enough for women, children: SalvosABC News
The Salvation Army says facilities on Nauru should be improved before women and children are transferred there for offshore processing.Sexualisation of SocietyFacebook sex offender’s troubled upbringing prompts lenient sentenceMark Russell – The Age
Living on a dirt floor under the house, Andrew Clayton's family would bang on the floor above him to let him know dinner was ready. If he didn't answer they, or the dogs, would eat his meal.OtherGroomed to hate: security expert fears parents are radicalising their childrenRick Morton & Dan Box – The Australian
Australian Muslim children are at risk of being groomed in extremist anti-Western ideology by radicalised parents, posing a new challenge to national security agencies, a leading terrorism expert has warned.Anti-Islam film: Thousands protest around Muslim worldBBC News
Fresh protests are taking place around the Muslim world over an amateur anti-Islam video produced in the US. At least one protester was killed in violent protests in Pakistan and thousands attended an angry rally in the Philippines city of Marawi.