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  • High court's order raises question on abortion

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    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 (12 days ago)

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    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 (21 days 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

  • Reconsider Roe v. Wade, brief urges Supreme Court

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, November 26, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and allies have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.

    A spotlight on Roe could come in the Supreme Court's review of a lower court opinion nullifying a state law that bars discrimination against certain classes of unborn children, such as sex, race and disability, according to a brief filed Nov. 15.

    The ERLC and four other organizations, in a friend-of-the-court brief, called for ... Read More

  • Chapmans, Gettys, Platt join expanded EFL

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist-sponsored Evangelicals for Life 2019 has expanded its schedule and added two leading couples from the modern Christian music world and a well-known preacher/author to the program.

    Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and David Platt will appear at the fourth annual EFL conference, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) announced Nov. 8 in an email to registrants. The ERLC, host of EFL, also disclosed the conference will begin a day earlier, Jan. 16, than previously scheduled. Read More

  • NFL's Watson aids life through Psalm 139

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- National Football League player Benjamin Watson has again joined with the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity to provide an ultrasound machine for the benefit of women in crisis pregnancies.

    Watson, a veteran tight end with the New Orleans Saints, and his wife Kirsten donated a machine through the Psalm 139 Project for a center that is part of Baptist Community Health Services (BCHS) in New Orleans, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) announced Nov. 5. Psalm 139 is the ERLC's ministry to help place ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers across the country. Read More

  • Final rules guard conscience from abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (one month 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 (one month 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.

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    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 (one month 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 (one month 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