The ACL compiles a daily media monitoring services of stories of interest relating to children, family, drugs and alcohol, marriage, human rights, religious freedom etc. See here to read what's in the news today.



Women who have abortions 'face double the risk of mental health problems'

Steve Doughty - Daily Mail

Women who have abortions are at risk of severe mental health problems, according to a study. The research found that those who undergo abortion face nearly double the risk of mental health difficulties compared with others and that one in ten of all mental health problems was a result of abortion.

Fertility clinic ad first in Australia to show woman giving birth


Sydney based fertility clinic Genea will today launch a powerful TV commercial featuring a woman giving birth to support the organisation’s rebranding from Sydney IVF. Creative director Dale Rhodes, Creative Director at Rhodes Shapter, said use of TV was unprecedented in the fertility category in Australia. “It is, to our knowledge, the first time a real birth has been shown as a commercial in Australia.

Children & Family
Labor, Greens take chainsaw to your childcare benefits

Sussan Ley - The Punch

With significant diversions during Federal Parliament last week one of the more contemptible political back flips in recent memory might have escaped your notice. Without a blush, Labor - supported by the Greens in the Senate - took $700 a year from 21,000 parents to fund its reform agenda for the childcare industry.

American family allow son to live life as girl

An American family has spoken about their decision to allow their 10-year-old son to live life as a girl. Parents Jennifer and John from Ohio have raised their child Jackie as a girl, despite being born a boy named Jack.

Advertising board bares its double standards

Alyssa McDonald - SMH

It's okay for a stripper to advertise chicken but not a waif-like young girl to front up a jeans ad. Something's wrong here. What's the difference between using a model in a basque to advertise chicken burgers and a young woman in a sparkly T-shirt to promote men's clothes? Good taste, according to the Advertising Standards Board, which recently adjudicated complaints about the sexual content of ad campaigns from a fast food company and a menswear brand respectively.

Drugs & Alcohol
Generation V buff, but not so pretty after dark
Jordan Baker - SMH

Customs seized more than twice as many steroids and growth hormones in the year to July 10 than they did in 2004-05. They are cheaper and more accessible than ever before, so their use is more widespread and therefore more acceptable. Buying steroids used to involve a visit to a creepy bikie dealer, but they're now available from a guy at the gym, over the internet or from a mate.

Alcohol in pregnancy can harm babies
Alison Batcheler - The West Australian

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is now being revealed as a tragic legacy of alcohol misuse. And the condition is not isolated to marginalised, disadvantaged communities, researchers say. Children from all socio-economic groups are affected and while some have telltale changes in facial features and physical development (labelled FAS - fetal alcohol syndrome), for many the signs are more subtle learning, behaviour and memory difficulties.

Hostile research against independent schools

ABC - Kevin Donnelly

In a comment piece headed 'Only the demise of independent schools will please Gillard's educrats' I argued that Australia's cultural-left education establishment wanted to undermine and weaken non-government schools by denying them proper funding and by destroying their autonomy. Yesterday's release of four research papers commissioned by the Gonski review proves that I was correct.

Victorian Upper house rejects inquiry bid

Reid Sexton - The Age

The state government has rejected a motion from Greens MP Colleen Hartland to ask the Victorian Law Reform Commission to investigate legalising voluntary euthanasia. Ms Hartland said she sought the investigation rather than try to introduce a new law because MPs would not support it without a thorough public consultation.

Human Rights
Victorian Premier under pressure to abolish Charter of Rights

Chris Merritt – The Australian

Victoria's Charter of Rights should be repealed because it duplicates existing rules of statutory interpretation, might well be unconstitutional and will damage the standing of the judiciary.

Marriage's test of time

The Mercury

Yesterday at Parliament House, Hobart, Ernest and Joyce Parr celebrated nearly 66 years of marriage, along with 24 other couples who have been married for 50 years or more. The event to celebrate marriage in its traditional form was organised by the Christian group FamilyVoice Australia. Former state governor William Cox congratulated the couples at yesterday's event on their collective wedded life of 1345 years.

Overseas Aid
Australia boosts aid to Libya


The federal government has boosted the level of aid to the International Red Cross to assist the people of Libya. Acting Foreign Minister Craig Emerson was poised to announce an additional contribution of $4.6 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross at a meeting on Libya in Paris tonight.

Religious Persecution
Jos crisis: How pastor, son were killed

Ledership Nigeria

For those who know Pastor G.C Shawari, a senior pastor with the Christ Apostolic Church on Haliru Street, Kwararafa in Jos North local government Area, of Plateau State, he was a personification of peace. He had devoted all his sermons in a religious crisis-riddled state to preaching religious tolerance among different religions and ethnic groups. But, on Monday, Pastor Shawari and his son became victims of “highly intolerant” hoodlums in Jos, during a bloody clash between supposed Christians and Muslims that claimed over 23 lives.

The PC brigade kills off Jesus Christ

Miranda Devine - The Daily Telegraph

A decision to use politically correct terms - which do not mention Jesus Christ - for dates BC and AD in the new national history curriculum was an act of Christian cleansing, church leaders said yesterday. BCE (Before Common Era), BP (Before Present) and CE (Common Era) are the new neutral terms to replace the historical terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini). Removing BC and AD from the curriculum was an "intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history", Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen said yesterday.