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  • Final rules guard conscience from abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The seven-year battle by objectors to the abortion/contraception mandate has come to a regulatory close with a victory for freedom of conscience.

    The Trump administration issued two final rules Nov. 7 that supply conscience protections to Americans with a religious or moral objection to the 2011 mandate instituted under President Obama. Announcement of the regulations came a day after an election that resulted in the Republican president's party losing control of the U.S. House of Representatives while maintaining its Senate majority. Read More

  • Abortion, marijuana, gambling win, lose in states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Abortion rights, marijuana use and legalized gambling drew mixed results on state ballots across the U.S. Nov. 6.

    Alabama voters authorized display of the Ten Commandments in public places in a measure that prohibits the use of public funding to support challenges to the state constitutional amendment in court. The amendment, which requires displays to comply with federal constitutional requirements, carried 72 percent of the vote, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

    Pro-life measures

    Alabama and West Virginia amended their constitutions to proclaim that the states themselves do not recognize a woman's right to abortion, nor authorize the use of public funding to pay for such procedures, the Associated Press reported. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The photo on my phone

    by Sammi Carby, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (5 days ago)

    On her phone each day, Sammi Carby sees the "the sweet and timeless image" of her 18-week-old still-born son, "one that we will forever cherish and hold dear." Read More

  • Stand for Life becomes ERLC initiative

    by Tom Strode and ERLC staff, posted Friday, November 02, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The popular online, pro-life group Stand for Life has become a new initiative of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC and Stand for Life announced the change Thursday (Nov. 1) for a ministry that began about three years earlier with a single post on social media. Stand for Life -- which seeks to promote human dignity through storytelling -- has grown to more than 41,000 Facebook followers and nearly 30,000 Instagram followers.

    ERLC President Russell Moore said he "couldn't be happier about continuing the outstanding work of Stand for Life as an ERLC initiative." Read More

  • Freedom of conscience wins in 2 European high courts

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 (one month ago)

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    EUROPE (BP) -- Freedom of conscience won against charges of discrimination in two European high courts yesterday and today (Oct. 10 and 11), affirming the rights of a pro-life physician and a baker opposed to gay marriage.

    The latest case today set a Norwegian legal precedent on freedom for conscientious objection in the medical profession, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International said. The high court in Oslo, Norway affirmed the right of Christian physician Katarzyna Jackimowicz to refuse to implant in a patient an intrauterine birth control device (IUD) because of its abortifacient capabilities. Read More

  • 'Gosnell' helps uncover 'horrors of abortion'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A trio of forthcoming movies hailed by pro-life activists -- led by "Gosnell" opening Oct. 12 -- could influence Americans' thinking on abortion, critics say.

    Christians "have been behind the curve, and we're just now starting to realize the importance" of promoting the sanctity of unborn life through film, Christian filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke told Baptist Press. Gosnell's potential impact is indicated by "just how furious people on the other side, the pro-abortion people, have been in trying to stop the movie, trying to reduce its credibility, trying to not get it aired in theaters." Read More

  • High Court upholds Tenn. pro-life constitution change

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Tennessee's Amendment 1 Monday (Oct. 1) by refusing to review a decision upholding the pro-life measure.

    On the first day of its new term, the high court announced it would not review a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that sided with the state in a lawsuit against the amendment, which removed a right to abortion and a requirement for abortion funding from the Tennessee constitution. Opponents challenged the 2014 initiative approved by Tennessee voters on the basis of the way election officials counted ballots, not on the basis of a right to abortion.

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said the justices "made the right decision." Read More

  • Women, babies to benefit from ERLC gift to clinic

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (one month ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The placement of a new ultrasound machine at Liberty Women's Clinic by a Southern Baptist entity means this to Carol Graham -- more women will have the information needed to choose life for their unborn babies.

    Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), announced Monday night (Sept. 24) the placement through its Psalm 139 Project of a new machine at the clinic in Liberty, a suburb northwest of Kansas City, Mo. He made the announcement after speaking at the For the Church National Conference sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Graham -- the clinic's founder and chief executive officer who was introduced from the audience with clinic resource director Whitney Putnam -- said the clinic is "deeply grateful for this generous gift from the ERLC."

    "We know how important providing a quality image of life growing in the womb is for a woman to make a choice for life," Graham said in a written statement. Read More

  • PPFA names new president but aura of scandal remains

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood has a doctor as its new president but continues to carry its scandal-plagued reputation as the country's No. 1 abortion provider.

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) the selection of Leana Wen as the sixth president in its century-long history. Wen has been health commissioner of the city of Baltimore for the last 3 1/2 years and becomes the first physician to head the organization in nearly 50 years.

    Wen, who succeeds Cecile Richards after her 12-year tenure, takes over Planned Parenthood three years after undercover videos were first released that provided evidence the organization was trading in body parts from aborted babies. The investigation by the Center of Medical Progress (CMP) prompted congressional examination of the organization and a reported investigation by the Department of Justice, as well as renewed federal defunding efforts. Read More

  • Pro-life leaders urge end to fetal research

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined more than 40 other pro-life leaders in urging the Trump administration to halt federal use of aborted baby tissue for research.

    The letter sent Tuesday (Sept. 11) came in response to an early August report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a contract to obtain "fresh" tissue from aborted babies for experimentation. The contract signed in late July with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) is for tissue to transplant into "humanized mice" so they will have a "human immune system," CNS News reported.

    The pro-life letter -- initiated by the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List and sent to Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) -- said the federal government "must find ethical alternatives as soon as possible, and should end all association with those who participate in any trafficking or procurement of aborted baby organs. No taxpayer dollars should continue to go to this gruesome practice." Read More