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.

Victim's father warns about abortion pill

Tiffany Owens - BPNews
Eight years ago, mifepristone, "the abortion pill," claimed the life of Holly Patterson, an 18-year-old who received the drug from Planned Parenthood and used it to terminate a pregnancy. She died seven days after taking the drug that is also known as RU-486 and 15 minutes before a scheduled follow-up appointment.

Stem cell patent ban an 'unbelievable setback'

Europe's top court has banned patenting any stem cell process that involves destroying a human embryo, dealing what some scientists said was a "devastating" blow to an emerging field of medical research.Researchers fear the ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will hobble development in an area of science that could provide a range of 21st century medicines for diseases from Parkinson's to blindness.

UWA discovers 'ethical' embryonic-like stem cells in breast milk
Courtney Trenwith – WA Today
Serious and fatal diseases such as pancreatic cancer, Parkinson's disease and diabetes may eventually be treated using stem cells from breast milk following a remarkable discovery at the University of Western Australia. UWA PhD student Foteini Hassiotou has potentially broken through the greatest hurdle in stem cell research - the ability to ethically obtain stem cells in a non-invasive manner.

Children & Family
Elaine Nile 'lived for family and faith'

Chi Tranter - SMH
Elaine Nile has been remembered as a loving mother of four, a loyal wife and a much-loved member of Australia's Christian community. Mrs Nile, the 75-year-old wife of NSW Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile, died on Monday night after a three-year battle with liver cancer.

Lesbian couple want to help boy to become girl
Adelaide Now   refer also
A lesbian couple in California who say their 11-year-old son Tommy wants to be a girl named Tammy are giving their child hormone blockers that delay the onset of puberty, so that he can have more time to decide if he wants to change his gender.

Kennett to stay at beyondblue
Melissa Fyfe - the Age
The beyondblue board yesterday resisted calls to dump its controversial chairman Jeff Kennett, re-electing the former premier for another three years.

TV swearing linked to teen aggression
A new study has found the more a teen is exposed to swearing on television and in video games, the more likely they are to be aggressive and use profanity in their own lives.

Are Christian films saving Hollywood?
Gina E. Ryder - Christian Post
The recent success of Christian films like “Seven Days in Utopia” and "Machine Gun Preacher" has movie industry insiders asking the question, “Are Evangelicals Saving Hollywood?” Or better yet, what does the mainstream acceptance of recent Christian films say about the faith-based movie business?

Donor Conception & Surrogacy
Are babies prizes or gifts?

Margaret Somerville - MercatorNet
An Ottawa music station, Hot 89.9, recently launched a “Win a Baby” contest. The prize offered was up to three rounds of fertility treatment worth C$35,000. It’s reported that the station received around 400 applications “from a diverse range of people, including same-sex couples, single women and cancer patients.” Entrants had to explain, in not more than 100 words, why they most merited the prize treatment

Mr Right 'is not worth the wait'
Julia Medew - The Age
Women considering freezing their eggs for social reasons would be better off settling for 'Mr Not-Quite-Right' as a father sooner rather than later, a leading IVF specialist says.

Drugs & Alcohol
Fears of explosion in synthetic drugs

Amy Corderoy - The Canberra Times
Sellers of so-called ''legal highs'' can create and market new drugs so quickly that it will become difficult for authorities to keep on top of the problem, a drug conference has heard.

Councillor calls time on pokie venue hours

Matthew Moore - SMH
A councillor in the most poker-machine-saturated part of Sydney says allowing clubs to remain open until 5am and 6am is aggravating problem gambling.

Abbott keen for gambling policy to toe line between Wilkie and clubs
Phillip Coorey - SMH
The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has commissioned his own problem gambling policy but one which avoids a fight with the powerful clubs lobby and tries not to aggravate the Tasmanian independent, Andrew Wilkie. The shadow cabinet has charged the opposition's families spokesman, Kevin Andrews, with preparing a policy which will include targeting poker machine addicts for counselling and education and possibly introducing voluntary precommitment on the machines.

Fed govt under fire for intervention plans

Xavier La Canna and Lisa Martin - SMH
The federal government has come under fire for vowing to tie welfare payments to school attendance in remote Aboriginal communities to ensure children get to class. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin on Tuesday said the government would do whatever it took to lift education standards and tackle alcohol abuse in remote Aboriginal communities.

Australia is failing the children of the Northern Territory
Michelle Harris - Online Opinion
Two reports were tabled last week in Geneva at the United Nation's pre-sessional meeting of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. These reports looked closely at whether Australia is complying with its commitments under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Religious Freedom & Persecution
Egypt: Not a safe place for Christians

Stacy L. Harp - MNN/BP
It's ugly for Christians in Cairo right now, deeply unsettling even to those who have weathered the ups and downs of the Arab Spring. Another church was burned by a mob. Coptic Christians, fed up with being targeted, announced a peaceful protest for religious freedom Oct. 9. According to international news outlets, the Egyptian military intervened, things escalated quickly, and more than 20 were left dead, with hundreds more injured.

NJ teacher's Facebook comments spark gay rights protest
Jeff Schapiro - Christian Post
Gay rights activists plan to protest at a New Jersey board of education meeting on Tuesday after a school teacher described homosexuality as a sin on her Facebook account. Though supporters of the teacher, Viki Knox, say her First Amendment rights should be protected, her opponents are calling on the school board to take away her job.

The heavy burden of crime on tax payers

Monash University
New research shows that crime is costing Victorians at least $9.8 billion - or $1678 per person - a year. The report, by Professor Russell Smyth, Head of the Department of Economics, covers crime figures for the 2009 – 2010 financial year. It reveals that the most expensive crime is fraud: an estimated 76,556 instances of deception cost a total of $2.14 billion.