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    SANCTITY OF LIFE: Beware the distractions

    by J.D. Greear, posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 (2 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Tomorrow in our nation's capital, thousands upon thousands of people will participate in the March for Life, the largest pro-life rally in the world. The march is built on the conviction that unborn babies are made in the image of God and, as such, they deserve the rights God has given to all people.

    The conversation about abortion really should hinge on one question: Are the unborn human or not?

    If so, then the reasoning behind the pro-choice cause falls apart. The arguments become "red herrings" -- distractions that aren't relevant to the issue at hand. Read More

  • Abortion defunding effort resumes in Congress

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (21 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates in Congress have not given up on extracting the federal government from the abortion business.

    Members of the Senate and House of Representatives already have introduced legislation in the new congressional session, which began Jan. 3, to end funding for abortions and abortion providers. Their efforts to gain passage, however, face what appear to be insurmountable odds in a House now controlled by Democrats, who support abortion rights nearly across the board.

    Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced Jan. 10 the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (S. 109), which would create a permanent, government-wide ban on funds for abortions by standardizing the prohibitions that now exist in various federal programs. The bill -- introduced by Wicker in partnership with Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan. -- also would block federal money for abortion coverage under the 2010 health-care law and guarantee full disclosure of abortion funding by health insurance plans that are part of the controversial arrangement. Read More

  • Judges block rules on abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Federal conscience protections for American employers who object to the abortion/contraception mandate are on hold.

    Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania blocked Sunday (Jan. 13) and Monday (Jan. 14), respectively, implementation of final rules from the Trump administration that provided exemptions for employers with religious or moral objections to the 2011 requirement instituted under President Obama.

    The opinions prevented rules issued in November by the Department of Health and Human ... Read More

  • Journey Church & adoption: 'It is in our DNA'

    by Sarah Davis/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Monday, January 14, 2019 (2 days ago)

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    Jan. 20 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention.

    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- In 2011, Dan Reeves began his first sermon series from the book of James as lead pastor of the newly launched Journey Church. At that time, he knew the future ministries of the young congregation were still unclear -- that is until he read from James 1:27: "Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world."

    Reeves' wife Veronica noted, "As a brand new, closely knit body of believers, we were ... Read More

  • Foster care & adoption infused into church plant

    by Chris Forbes, posted Monday, January 14, 2019 (3 days ago)

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    MUSTANG, Okla. (BP) -- From a church planting perspective, The Well is averaging approximately 100 in weekly attendance, recently baptizing several new believers.

    Meanwhile, the planters -- Stephen Myers and Steven Giblet -- have worked to cultivate a culture within the church conducive to foster care and adoption.

    Now in its second year, the church plant of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma currently is meeting at Canyon Ridge Intermediate School in the Mustang school district. Read More

  • Judge's ruling spotlights tele-abortion fight

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD , posted Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (7 days ago)

    TOPEKA, Kansas (BP) -- Pro-life Kansans received a blow last week when a judge ruled in favor of abortions by teleconference, something many reportedly thought was already prohibited in their state.

    Tele-abortions allow a woman to end her baby's life without visiting an abortion center. An abortionist can video conference with a pregnant woman from a remote location and immediately prescribe her abortion-inducing drugs. The arrangement leaves women vulnerable to medical complications without a provider close by to treat them.

    Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis ruled Dec. 31 that a 2018 law safeguarding unborn babies from tele-abortion was invalid and the practice had been legal in Kansas since 2011, when a court order in a different case blocked a similar law. But Kansas state legislators passed another law in 2015 prohibiting tele-abortions. Read More

  • Pro-life gains and losses in Ohio

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD , posted Thursday, January 03, 2019 (13 days ago)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- The Ohio state Senate last week came one vote short of overriding a veto by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on a bill that would have protected babies from abortion after a detectable heartbeat. Kasich, a Republican, said he vetoed the bill for the second time in two years because it would saddle the state with a costly court battle and would ultimately be declared unconstitutional.

    On the same day Kasich vetoed the heartbeat bill he signed a measure making "dismemberment abortion" a fourth-degree felony for abortionists. Read More

  • High court's order raises question on abortion

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to rule on cases involving government funding of Planned Parenthood has raised the question of whether pro-life advocates can count on a majority of justices in abortion-related cases.

    The high court announced Monday (Dec. 10) it would not review lower court opinions regarding decisions by Kansas and Louisiana to remove Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider. The order came in cases that did not address abortion directly but involved whether Medicaid recipients can challenge a state's decision on who qualifies as a provider in the government program that helps with health-care expenses. Read More

  • Abortion decline calls for ongoing pro-life effort

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The continued drop in the number, rate and ratio of abortions in the United States is a cause for celebration but also for further efforts to protect children and assist women in need, Southern Baptist pro-life advocates say.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Nov. 23 the total, rate and ratio of abortions in 2015 -- the latest year for which statistics are available -- all declined by two percent from 2014. The ratio and rate reached their lowest points since the Roe v. Wade ruling legalized abortion in 1973, while that year was the only one since the Supreme Court decision with fewer abortions than in 2015, according to numbers attributed to the CDC.

    Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), described the lower abortion rate as "good news. No doubt, the heroic advocacy of the pro-life community contributes to this lower rate." Read More

  • First gene-edited babies 'a bridge too far'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (one month ago)

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    HONG KONG (BP) -- Evangelical bioethicists have joined many of their secular peers in condemning research that reportedly led to the birth this month of the world's first genetically edited babies. In addition to echoing secular scientists' concern about so-called "designer babies," the evangelicals objected to destruction of embryos which occurred in the gene-editing process.

    The reported birth of genetically edited twins in China has not been confirmed, according to media reports, and the research has not been published in an academic journal. Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who led the project, is scheduled to discuss his work in Hong Kong at an international conference on gene editing that begins today (Nov. 27). Read More