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.



Study links abortion with depression, PTSD, and drug abuse

Matthew Archbold - LifeNews

A new study from the psychiatric journal “Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences” recently published a study linking abortion with depression and anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder. The study compared the women’s psychological well being with childbirth outcomes such as delivering the baby, miscarriage, or abortion. The conclusion of the authors is that “fetal loss seems to expose women to a higher risk for mental disorders than childbirth; some studies show that abortion can be considered a more relevant risk factor than miscarriage”.

Abortion inquiry hears 16 week limit the 'middle ground'

Linda Hunt - ABC

Tasmania's Chief Medical Officer has described allowing abortions up to 16 weeks as a "middle ground approach". An Upper House inquiry has held a second day of public hearings into changes to abortion laws. A bill which passed the Lower House in April would remove abortion from the criminal code, and allow terminations up to 16 weeks on advice from a doctor.

Drugs & Alcohol

Synthetic drugs to be banned in South Australia

Lauren Novak - The Advertiser

Synthetic drugs which mimic the effects of illegal drugs will be banned in South Australia. It follows the death of young Sydney student Henry Kwan in June after he took a form of synthetic LSD, suffered a psychotic episode and jumped to his death.


Aboriginal leaders at war against alcohol

Neda Vanovac - AAP

An endangered species threatened by a deadly weapon: that's how Aboriginal community leaders have described themselves waging a war against alcohol in the Northern Territory. The Central Australian Grog Summit in Alice Springs on Tuesday heard how alcohol has been ravaging Aboriginal communities as representatives meet to discuss strategies to stop people drowning in the so-called rivers of grog.


Consecrated married couples are the vanguard of the new Christian counterculture

Deacon Keith Fournier - Catholic Online

To live in faithful, heterosexual marriages and rear children within a family is again countercultural. This is not the first time in history this has occurred. Libertine cultures are the mission field into which the Christian Church is always sent.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

FBI says child prostitution a widespread problem in US


The FBI declared that child prostitution is a "persistent threat" in the US, as the agency announced that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities.

Prostituted women are the ones at the coalface of the misogyny and pornography-fuelled attitudes

Caroline Norma - Melinda Tankard Reist blog

Commentators this week have been falling over themselves to decry the ‘hypocritical’ public quiet over the murder of St Kilda prostituted woman ‘Tracy’, compared to the attention Jill Meagher’s death attracted last year. Wendy Squires wrote that, even though ‘Jill and Tracy are one and the same – women in the wrong place at the wrong time’, it’s outrageous that last week’s ‘dead woman isn’t headline news’.


Manus tit-for-tat only helps the people smugglers

Michael Gordon - The Age

Once again, the major parties are sniping at each other's version of what is essentially the same policy to stop the boats – and giving the people smugglers a free kick. Tony Burke says the Coalition has committed "fatal" and "dire" errors in the latest iteration of its Nauru-first policy, by proposing a cap on the number of people who will be transferred to the tiny island.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Christians Murdered Nonstop in Nigeria - Muslim Persecution of Christians: May, 2013

Raymond Ibrahim - Gatestone Institute

A man accused of helping a Saudi woman convert to Christianity was sentenced to six years in prison and 300 lashes. The daughter was also sentenced to six years and 300 lashes, causing her to flee, reportedly to Sweden, where authorities are trying to find her and extradite her back to Saudi Arabia.

Christian man tortured in front of wife

Theodore Shoebat - Front Page Mag

On 21st July 2013, a crippled Christian man, Shafaqat Emmanuel, and his wife, Shagufta Kausar, were arrested in Gojra District for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to local Muslims. Police registered the FIR 407/13 under sections 295-B and 295-C. Complainants Muhmmad Hussain and Anwar Mansoor Goraya, Tehsil Bar Association president, alleged they received the blasphemous text messages from the number registered on Shagufta Kausar’s name.

Sexualisation of Society

Who’s a porn slave? Hint: It’s someone you know

Karen Farris - Christian Post

Pornography addicts are in bondage—they’re slaves in the prison of their mind. So are you ready for some shocking numbers? Click on the Pornography Statistics: Annual Report 2013. The rolling odometer isn’t tracking miles, it’s tracking porn searches. After your eyes adjust to the ever-increasing number, scroll down and check out just how mired our culture has become. I’ve highlighted just a few.

Porn sites get more internet traffic in UK than social networks or shopping

Charles Arthur - The Guardian

Internet traffic to legal pornography sites in the UK comprised 8.5% of all "clicks" on web pages in June – exceeding those for shopping, news, business or social networks, according to new data obtained exclusively by the Guardian.


Organised crime costs tax payer $15 billion a year: ACC


The Australian Crime Commission's latest snapshot of organised crime in Australia has found it's more pervasive than ever, costing the economy $15 billion a year. People are coming into contact with it in an unprecedented ways, with Australia's rich savings pool increasingly being targeted with sophisticated scams.

Sinned or sinned against? The impact of 'gay conversion' programs

Rebecca Baillie - ABC

Christian ministries in Australia are running programs they believe can help gay people become straight, but what effects are these schemes having?

It’s a girl: The three deadliest words in the world

Evan Grae Davis - Mercator Net

An estimated 200 million girls are missing. How can the world community stand by and allow gendercide to continue? asks the maker of a documentary film on this scandal.

Pope Francis surprised media with candid presser

Sheila Liaugminas - Mercator Net

News alerts blared that the pope said he won’t judge homosexuals. The more accurate headline would have been: ‘Pope Upholds Church Teaching.’ It all started when Pope Francis gave reporters on his plane an impromptu opportunity to ask him questions.