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.



Man pleads guilty to tricking pregnant girlfriend into taking abortion pill

Lateef Mungin - CNN

When an elated Remee Lee told her boyfriend she was pregnant, his reaction wasn't what she was expecting. He wasn't happy, Lee says. In fact, he begged her to abort. But it was her dream to have a child, Lee says. She never suspected that as she prepared for the new life, the man she loved was plotting to end it. Lee, 26, was in the Florida courtroom Monday, dabbing away tears as her former boyfriend accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison for at least 13 years.


How far is too far in the market for human bodies?

Amanda Smith - ABC

You need money. Should you be able to sell one of your kidneys? You want a baby but can't conceive. Why not be allowed to pay a surrogate? In other words, why not commercialise the market for buying, selling and renting bodies and body parts.

Children & Family

Kids racking up big bills on phone and tablet app purchases

Amy Bainbridge - ABC

More than 50 consumer protection agencies around the world are today launching a push against smartphone and tablet applications that mislead children into making unauthorised purchases. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says many apps claim to be free but when children begin playing the games, money is required to keep participating.

Drugs & Alcohol

NSW law to ban synthetic drugs to stop 'legal highs'

Mark Coultan - The Australian

In an attempt to stop the proliferation of synthetic drugs, NSW has become the first state in Australia to completely ban substances with psychoactive properties.


Principals want CCTV cameras for all schools to deter abusive parents

Benjamin Preiss - The Age

The Australian Principals Federation says the government has a duty of care to provide a safe workplace for school staff. A group representing Victoria's principals wants CCTV cameras installed in all state school foyers to prevent staff from being harassed and threatened. Australian Principals Federation president Chris Cotching said he received calls every day from principals reporting abusive parents disrupting their schools.


Dementia campaign could lead to over-diagnosis, say experts

Denis Campbell - The Guardian

Specialists criticise efforts to increase early discovery, saying it could lead to two-thirds of over-80s being diagnosed and that an early diagnosis can lead to patients taking unproven therapies such as gingko biloba to try to delay the onset of dementia, suffering stress, distress and possible stigma, or even contemplating suicide or euthanasia.


Cost of problem gambling could be as high as $2.8b: report

Richard Willingham - The Age

Just weeks before the Spring Racing Carnival it has been revealed that there are 30,000 problem gamblers in Victoria and the social and economic cost of gambling addiction could be as high as $2.8 billion a year.

Human Rights

Nearly quarter of men in Asia-Pacific admit to committing rape

Kate Hodal - The Guardian

Nearly a quarter of men in the Asia-Pacific region have admitted to committing rape at least once in their life, according to a new survey), with more than half of those respondents claiming they raped for the first time while in their teens. The study covering six countries – Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka – found that 10% of men admitted to raping at least once a woman who was not their partner, a figure that rose to nearly 25% when rape of a partner was included.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

'The game': Prostitutes are victims

Anne Kramer - WBAL

Police and prosecutors in Maryland have shifted the way they handle prostitution cases. Over the past several years, more and more pimps have been arrested and charged with human sex trafficking. And victim advocates, prosecutors and law enforcement are trying to educate prostitutes that they are victims.


We came by boat - how refugees changed Australian business

Michael Bleby, Caitlin Fitzsimmons, Nassim Khadem - Canberra Times

Tan Le, co-founder of Emotiv and 1998 Young Australian of the Year, is a former refugee. Huy Truong remembers water coming over the bow. The small fishing boat carrying him and 40 other Vietnamese people – one of whom was a newborn baby – tried repeatedly to cross the tropical, cyclone-prone stretch of water separating them from Australia. It was 1978 and he was just seven.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Afghan member of parliament: "Execute Afghan Christian converts"

ASSIST News Service

Quds Online news website, affiliated with Astan Quds Razavi Foundation, reported that an Afghan news service, Ava, is saying the number of Christians is increasing in Afghanistan. According to Mohabat News Service, Ava quoted Nazir Ahmad Hanafi, Afghan Parliament Member, as saying, "Afghani citizens continue to convert to Christianity in India. Numerous Afghans have become Christians in India. This is an offense to Islamic Laws and according to the Quran they need to be executed."

Egypt: Christians live in terror following city’s takeover by Muslim Brotherhood

Catholic World News

Islamist supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have remained in control of Dalga, an Egyptian city of 120,000, since July 3, and have imposed a reign of terror against Christians, according to the Associated Press.

Sexualisation of Society

Fourth porn actor diagnosed with HIV

Rory Carroll - The Guardian

A fourth American porn actor has reportedly tested positive for HIV, fuelling fears of a significant outbreak in California's adult film industry. A male performer told a Los Angeles-based advocacy group he had been diagnosed with the virus that causes Aids, it emerged on Monday, following three other cases in recent weeks.


OK for comic book super heroes to be gay, just not happy

Rhys Blakely - The Australian

The cultural clout of comic books has ballooned over the past decade, thanks to Hollywood films based on their characters - which might make the question of what their protagonists stand for even more important.