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  • Pro-life advocates fill capitol in fight for unborn

    by Emily Howsden/The Baptist Messenger, posted Wednesday, February 20, 2019 (23 hours ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- On a foggy and cold February morning, despite the dreary and frigid weather conditions, more than 1,000 pro-life faithful flocked to the Oklahoma State Capitol for the 29th Annual Rose Day Pro-life Rally.

    The fourth floor rotunda of the capitol was full of rose colored masses proclaiming that each life, no matter how young, old, able bodied, or handicapped, is precious in the eyes of Jesus. Read More

  • NFL veteran & wife make ultrasound gift to N. Orleans

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (7 days ago)

    Photo by Verge Media
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the power of partnership with a veteran National Football League player and his family in dedicating a new ultrasound machine in a New Orleans health center.

    Benjamin and Kirsten Watson, along with their five children, joined in the dedication of the new addition to the ministry of Baptist Community Health Services (BCHS). The Watsons donated the ultrasound machine in the fall through the Psalm 139 Project, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's ministry to help place such technology in pregnancy resource centers across the country. Read More

  • Pro-life concerns mount over high court's La. ruling

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (12 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's latest action in an abortion-related case again has prompted pro-life Americans to wonder whether a majority even exists to protect unborn children and their mothers.

    In an order issued Thursday (Feb. 7), the high court blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law to require that an abortion doctor have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had upheld the 2014 law, which is intended to protect the health and lives of women who suffer complications from abortion. Read More

  • Unborn made in 'image of God,' Trump tells nation

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (14 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump affirmed unborn children as image bearers of God and urged Congress to ban late-term abortions in his second State of the Union speech.

    Trump called for both parties to work together for the good of the country in his address Tuesday night (Feb. 5) to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience. He repeated his requirement, however, of a policy that had helped produce a partial 35-day government shutdown and had delayed the date of his State of the Union speech -- a physical barrier along the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration.

    Though Democrats and Republicans are deeply divided over abortion, the president asked for unity of effort "to build a culture that cherishes innocent life." Read More

  • Miss. latest state to consider heartbeat abortion ban

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (14 days ago)

    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi is the latest state this legislative season to consider banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, possibly establishing legal challenges to reach a U.S. Supreme Court considered more conservative.

    Mississippi House and Senate bills passed legislative committees Tuesday (Feb. 5) and are headed to the chamber floors for consideration, the Associated Press reported, with court challenges predicted if the measures pass. Both bills have Baptist Republicans as principal authors, namely Rep. Chris Brown and Sen. Angela Burks Hill. Read More

  • Born-alive bill blocked in Senate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 05, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort in the U.S. Senate to require health care for a child born alive during an abortion fell victim to a Democratic member's objection Monday evening (Feb. 4).

    Sen. Patty Murray of Washington blocked approval of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) when the proposal's sponsor, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, asked the Senate for unanimous consent in support of the measure. Defeat of a unanimous consent agreement requires an objection from only one senator.

    Though Murray was the only Democrat to object, many others in a party dedicated to abortion rights likely would have been willing to do so. Read More

  • Va. governor's comments called 'horrifying'

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 31, 2019 (20 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The expanding effort to strike down state regulations on abortion until the moment of birth brought a sharp rebuke from a Southern Baptist ethicist of a governor whose comments supported permitting babies to die if they survive the procedure.

    Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, described Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's remarks as "nothing short of horrifying, and a shock to any functioning conscience."

    The controversy in Virginia came a week after New York legalized abortion until birth for the mother's "health" -- which is not defined and has been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court to include essentially any reason -- and as other states seek to wipe out limitations on the procedure. Read More

  • N.M. suicide bill spurs call to pray

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 29, 2019 (22 days ago)

    SANTA FE, N.M. (BP) -- A New Mexico assisted suicide bill that has been described as "devastating" to the sanctity of life is drawing opposition from Baptists and other pro-family groups in the state.

    Two of the bill's most controversial provisions -- suicide prescriptions via telemedicine and a broad definition of terminal illness -- were removed Jan. 28 by a committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives. But the legislation still would allow non-physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication and could endanger vulnerable members of society, according to the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, a partner organization of Focus on the Family. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: She was my mom

    by Zac Minton, posted Monday, January 28, 2019 (24 days ago)

    Though she struggled with drugs and took her own life, "she gave life to two kids," Zac Minton writes. "The woman was my mom. I'm so grateful she chose to let me live." Read More

  • N.Y. abortion bill: 'alarming in every sense'

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 24, 2019 (27 days ago)

    . Flickr photo from Gov. Cuomo’s press office
    ALBANY, N.Y. (BP) -- New York may have re-established itself as America's leading abortion state by enacting a law that critics say goes beyond even the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

    Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into law Jan. 22 shortly after the state legislature completed passage of the controversial proposal. Enactment of the legislation came on the 46th anniversary of the high court's decision striking ... Read More