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  • Twitter suspends, reinstates pro-life campaign ad

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Twitter's day-long suspension of a campaign ad by U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn over its pro-life content has left social media users discussing the microblogging site's free speech policies.

    Among evangelicals, some claimed calculated censorship of Blackburn's anti-abortion views while others wondered whether the move was merely an unintended consequence of ill-defined Twitter policies. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A common myth exposed

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (11 days ago)

    Christianity is distinct from other religions in its passion for life, Jeff Iorg writes, noting its global lead in serving children -- from refugee camp schools to feeding programs to ending abortion as a birth control method. Read More

  • ACLU sues to allow abortion pills in pharmacies

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (11 days ago)

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    HAWAII (BP) -- Women should be able to get abortion-inducing drugs at their local pharmacies in addition to abortion facilities, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argues in a new lawsuit.

    The group sued on behalf of a Hawaii abortionist and three medical entities against federal regulations of the drug RU-486, also known as mifepristone and the brand name Mifeprex.

    The drug works with the drug misoprostol to cut off nutrients to babies during early pregnancy and send the mother into labor. Read More

  • New rules grant conscience win over abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration delivered a major victory for freedom of conscience today (Oct. 6) by issuing new rules to protect objectors to the abortion/contraception mandate instituted under President Obama.

    One of the two companion rules announced today exempts entities from the requirement based on their religious beliefs, while the other regulation protects organizations and small businesses on the basis of a moral conviction apart from a specific religious belief, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Las Vegas & the value of human life

    by Steven L. James, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (17 days ago)

    Steven James presses toward a deepened view of the sanctity of human life in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. It must be "a clear articulation and a visible representation," he writes, in "our mission, our teaching and our ministries." Read More

  • House OKs ban on late-term abortions in 237-189 vote

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (17 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives continued its efforts to protect unborn children Tuesday (Oct. 3), passing a ban on the lethal procedure in the last half of pregnancy.

    The House voted 237-189 -- with only three Democrats in support -- for the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36. The legislation would prohibit abortions on babies 20 weeks or more after fertilization based on scientific evidence that a child in the womb experiences pain by that point in gestation. Read More

  • Baptists lament Ill. governor's reversal on abortion

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (19 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders reacted with deep disappointment to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's change of mind in support of groundbreaking abortion-funding legislation.

    Rauner, a Republican, signed into law Sept. 28 a bill that requires taxpayers to fund abortions for low-income women through the state's Medicaid program, even though he had said in April he opposed it. The new law also provides abortion funding for women covered by state employee insurance. Read More

  • Federal judge strikes down Ky. abortion law

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today , posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (24 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky law requiring doctors who conduct abortions to display and describe a patient's ultrasound as well as play the fetal heartbeat to the pregnant woman violates the First Amendment rights of those physicians, a federal judge said.

    U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled late Wednesday (Sept. 27) in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge to the law by the state's only abortion provider, EMW Women's Surgical Center, and bans the state from enforcing it. Read More

  • U.S. doctors take official stance against euthanasia

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (25 days ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The American College of Physicians argues medicine's goal is not to control the manner and timing of death.

    Amid increasing attempts to legalize euthanasia at the state level, the nation's second-largest network of physicians officially spoke out against it last week.

    The American College of Physicians (ACP) wrote in a position statement published Sept. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine that the organization of 152,000 medical professionals stands against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, "the practice of which raises ethical, clinical, and other concerns." Read More

  • Calif. scraps abortion pill reversal class for nurses

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service , posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (one month ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Nurses don't need to learn about a procedure used to counteract the effects of an abortion-inducing drug, according to the California Board of Registered Nursing.

    Just over a month after approving an "abortion pill reversal" class offered by the pro-life nonprofit organization Heartbeat International, the board issued a demand letter claiming the class isn't "relevant to the practice of nursing" and calling for the group to "immediately cease and desist" offering the class. Read More