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.



UK OKs abortion advertising

BigPond News

Britain's broadcast advertising body has given the go-ahead for private abortion clinics to advertise their services on television, angering those who say that the move desensitises the public to the practice. The Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice said late Friday there was no justification for barring private clinics that offer post-pregnancy services, including abortions, from advertising on television.


The bioethics of intellectual disability

Bio Edge

In the first story, a Massachusetts judge ordered a pregnant woman with schizophrenia to be aborted and to be sterilized – even though the woman clearly did not want this. I thought that the era of state-mandated sterilization ended decades ago. Some people fear that similar situations happen reasonably often. In the second story, doctors at a Philadelphia hospital have denied a kidney transplant to a 3-year-old girl with significant intellectual and physical disabilities. It seems that the doctors reasoned that she didn’t have sufficient quality of life.

Children & Family

Family ties helping teenagers rise above anorexia

Jill Stark - The Age

Intensive, in-home therapy, known as family-based treatment, is revolutionising the way children and teens are treated. At the Royal Children's Hospital, admission rates have dropped by 56 per cent since the treatment started in 2008. Of the 83 per cent who complete the six-month program, 97 per cent fully recover. Now, by involving the whole family, recovery in six months to a year is common. Readmission rates have dropped by 75 per cent. More than 200 patients have been through the program - the youngest was nine.

Inspirational Morcombes in line for Australian of the Year

Darren Cartwright - SMH

Bruce and Denise Morcombe no longer identify with the life they had before their son's abduction. The Sunshine Coast parents were leading a normal life when Daniel, 13, was taken from a bus stop on the Sunshine Coast in December, 2003. Ever since, they have fought two heartfelt campaigns - to find Daniel and educate children about stranger danger through a foundation set up in their son's name.


Internet users need protection against abuse

Canberra Times

Canberra mother of four Melinda Tankard Reist lists in today's newspaper a sickening series of threats she has received because she is an online opinion writer with strong views. The fact that she is a woman with forthright opinions sadly appears to be one of the major reasons she has sustained such vile abuse. The threats she has received have frighteningly gravitated toward the sexual.

Tweets offend: Cineplex pulls feed

Paul Donoughue - The Sunday Mail

A cinema chain has been forced to remove a Twitter feed from its website after jokes about bestiality and swearing inadvertently appeared next to session times. Cineplex Australia - which has cinemas at four locations around Brisbane - kept a live Twitter feed on its website which collected all the comments being made about a particular film in real time. But in an incident that has sparked a sharp rebuke from parents and family groups, the live feed collected both good commentary and bad last week - including comments about bestiality and swearing. Australian Christian Lobby Queensland director Wendy Francis said that sort of commentary on a popular website during the school holidays was "totally inappropriate".


Dr Philip Nitschke under investigation over death of woman

Kim Wheatley – The Advertiser

Medical authorities are investigating euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke following the death of a terminally ill Victor Harbor woman. An investigator has been appointed to determine if it was "good medical practice" for Dr Nitschke to attempt to legally import the death drug Nembutal as a sedative for the woman, 61, who had spoken of ending her life to escape "an awful death". The investigator is working for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Medical Board of Australia, which has the power to revoke medical licences.

Please note this euthanasia article from The Advertiser includes a poll – please vote.


Greens push for new pokier machine legislation

Brendan Nicholson - The Australian

As confusion reigned today on gambling reform after the collapse of negotiations between the Gillard government and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, the Greens declared that they would quickly push in Parliament for a $1 per bet pokies limit. Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said problem gambling experts backed the $1 bet limit ahead of the madatory pre-commitment plan that had been worked on by Julia Gillard and Mr Wilkie. "It's the popular option," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

My life as a pokies addict: I lost everything I loved

Jacky Ghossein - Melton Weekly

Even now, more than 10 years after the ordeal began, Kaye* can't quite get her head around it. She may never know what drove her to put about $200,000 through those flashing, whirring machines. Why she threw away years of hard-earned wages and stole from people who trusted her, some who loved her. She can never get back the relationship with the man she thought she would marry. And she may never entirely escape the feelings of shame and regret for lying to loved ones and colleagues. For lying to herself.

Craig Thomson undermines Julia Gillard's reason for breaking her pokie promise, as her plan was improper policy making

Patrick Lion and Andrew Clennell - The Daily Telegraph

Embattled Labor MP Craig Thomson has undermined Julia Gillard's reason for breaking her pokie promise, saying her plan was improper policy making and that NSW MPs had demanded it be dumped. While the Prime Minister claimed she ditched preset betting limits because of a lack of crossbench support, Mr Thomson insisted her backdown was a "big win" for NSW caucus members who had lobbied for change for the past year.


Gillard accused of tearing up PM contract


Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says Julia Gillard has torn up the contract that made her Prime Minister by breaking a deal on pokies reform. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has withdrawn his support for Labor after Julia Gillard abandoned their post-election deal for mandatory pre-commitment poker machine technology.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Pay attention to Egypt and Nigeria

Sheila Liaugminas - Mercator Net

In the US, we’re consumed with presidential campaigns, debates and primary elections. However... We’d better keep an eye on what’s happening abroad. Most urgently, look at what’s happening in Nigeria. In other news, anti-Christian violence continues in Egypt.

Indonesia : Radical groups disrupt Yasmin church Sunday service

Vento Saudale - Jakarta Globe

Hundreds of people from various radical groups launched a search on Sunday to find the location of the Yasmin church congregation’s service and prevent them from worshiping. The groups even went to the home of one of the worshipers. Protesters from the Indonesian Muslim Communication Forum (Forkami) and the Islamic Reform Movement (Garis) surrounded the home where the service was held. “It crosses the line now. The protesters now come to the residential area, which is not a public place,” politician Lily Wahid, the sister of late president Abdurrahman Wahid, said at the scene.


Libs act on rising violence against women

Farrah Tomazin - The Age

Shock advertising, tougher penalties for abusive men and a national register for family violence are among reforms to be considered by the state government as it moves to curb soaring rates of assaults against women. Alarmed by the number of women who are victims of domestic violence, sexting, rape or genital mutilation, the government will today launch a crackdown. Women's Affairs Minister Mary Wooldridge said more needed to be done, with police figures showing a record 40,892 family violence cases reported in 2010-11 - almost 15 per cent higher than the year before.