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  • Freedom of conscience wins in 2 European high courts

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 (3 days 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 (4 days 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 (12 days 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 (19 days 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 (one month 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 (one month 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

  • Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Abortion drew the spotlight today (Sept. 4) as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

    The Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about Kavanaugh's seeming willingness to restrict abortion rights, and more than 30 protestors were arrested in the hearing room, including some who touted abortion rights. Read More

  • Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- An abortion procedure in use for 17 years in the U.S. is drawing ire from a Christian medical group as England prepares to adopt the practice by year's end.

    Under the new plan, women in England will be allowed to take at home the second dose of the pharmaceutical combo commonly called the abortion pill, BBC news reported Aug. 25. Currently in England, both oral doses of the abortion pill must be administered in medical clinics, normally between 24 and 48 hours apart.

    "Home abortions," according to the interdenominational Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) of London, "pose a serious threat to women's health" and should be carefully weighed before implementation. Read More

  • Argentina Senate thwarts abortion rights effort

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Argentine Senate's refusal to legalize abortion in that South American country has dealt a setback for the time being to the effort by activists to expand the right to the lethal procedure internationally.

    The Senate defeated in a 38-31 vote Aug. 9 a bill that would have permitted elective abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Argentina currently prohibits abortions, although it allows exceptions when the life or health of the mother is threatened or the pregnancy is the result of rape. Argentina's Chamber of Deputies had approved the legislation in a 129-125 vote in June. Read More

  • Love Life group seeks more prayer, fewer abortions

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NEWTON, N.C. (BP) -- A group of pro-life advocates in North Carolina believes God can end the abortion industry, and they are working with people across the state to make it happen.

    "We really can do something about it," said Josh Kappes, director of city development at Love Life, a non-profit that leads people to pray and rally near abortion clinics in three regions of North Carolina. "It's our modern-day slavery."

    Kappes, who is also pastor of biblical counseling at Vertical Life Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Newton, networks with pastors and local church leaders, recruiting believers to gather for one-hour prayer journey meetings to explain the ministry of Love Life. The outreach initially focused on Charlotte, but recently expanded to include other areas. Read More