Activists and governments that promote abortion and sexual rights see a new global scheme on development as an opportunity to change national policies.
This week, the Guttmacher Institute released an analysis showing a dramatic increase in the number of antiabortion measures enacted by states across the country. Several states have gone from being “friendly” to “hostile” to abortion over just the last five years, including Arizona, which passed a slew of restrictions in 2011.
A new wave of advertising from a payday loan scheme has come under fire from the consumer and social services sector. Nimble Money is pulling one of its ads, after criticism it exploits people in financial hardship.
Some Australians will no longer be able to enter India to make surrogacy arrangements. The decision affects women in NSW, Queensland and the ACT where overseas commercial surrogacy is illegal.
Surrogate pregnancies are illegal in China, but many women have been finding ways around the ban. There’s a whole new market for surrogacy clinics, and it’s thriving thanks to online resources.
The law should be changed as soon as possible to make it legal for people suffering terminal illness to be treated with medicinal cannabis, NSW opposition leader Luke Foley says.
The Abbott government has splashed more than $8 million of taxpayer money on a media blitz promoting its stalled higher education reforms. Fairfax Media can reveal the government has spent $5.4 million on media bookings for the campaign, which has infuriated key Senate crossbenchers.
Prominent euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke has lost a legal battle to protect his registration to practice medicine after a tribunal ruled he posed a serious risk to the public and could undermine confidence in the medical profession.
A murderer serving a life sentence in a Belgian jail, who asked to be allowed to die by lethal injection, was told in September that his wish would be granted. This week the Justice Ministry reversed that decision.
Fighting for social justice and the rights of the poor has always been the mission of the Catholic Church, long before communism was invented, Pope Francis said in an interview.
Researchers have shown that over the course of a lifetime, happiness generally follows a U-shaped curve.
Openly gay Labor MP Penny Sharpe has defended party leader Luke Foley's indecision on the issue of same-sex marriage, even as his stance threatens to hurt her chances in the progressive seat of Newtown.
Queensland's premier will begin the second week of campaigning with a bounce in his step thanks to a boost from two opinion polls. Campbell Newman has been criticised for his tightly stage-managed election campaign, but voters do not seem to mind at all.
The investigation has revealed that nearly 6000-8000 Nepalese girls aged between 20 to 30 years have been trafficked to Dubai via Delhi till December 2014. A multi-agency international operation, led by Central Bureau of Investigation, has stumbled upon an organized racket of trafficking of young Nepalese girls to Dubai for alleged prostitution and Delhi's IGI airport is the transit point for their travelling to the gulf country.
A group of 10 refugees assessed by ASIO as threats to national security have been freed to live in the Australian community after the agency quietly reversed its decision.
Christians are reportedly being attacked and persecuted for their faith in many different areas of the world. "The persecution of Christians is real, it is horrifically violent often, and it is spreading at unprecedented rate in modern times," said Dr. David Curry, president of Open Doors, a group that monitors religious freedom worldwide.
Islamic extremists in the Indonesian province of Aceh have "recommended" a Muslim teacher leave the country, after accusing her of "proselytizing" among her students. Rosnida Sari, who is Muslim, is in the eye of the storm after she brought some youths to visit, voluntarily, a local Catholic church and talk to the priest.
For many students coming to grips with their sexuality it’s often a rocky road when it comes to love and inclusion in the final years of high school. The pilot episode of a new Aussie coming-of-age drama follows three same-sex attracted students as they deal with their complex and conflicting emotions. Subject to Change shows a real world of high school where some boys like boys and some girls like girls.
Yet again, a hideous terror attack forces Europeans to confront basic political and cultural realities. The massacre at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo raises fundamental and troubling questions about free speech, and the delicate balance between civil rights and effective policing.
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