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Romanian crisis pregnancy center shines as beacon against abortion
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--As the United States marks the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in America, a group of Christians is working hard in Romania to curb the practice of murdering unborn children.
Romania and Vietnam are the top two nations in numbers of abortions performed each year. In 2001, 1.6 million abortions were reported in Romania. Abortion is used as a form of birth control, and most of the women who abort their unborn children in Romania do so because of economic reasons, said Sharon Herrera, founder and president of Iochebed Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Eastern Europe.
Herrera, a former crisis pregnancy counselor who lives in Nashville, Tenn., explained that before founding the Iochebed ministry in 1998, she had no connection to Romania and no interest in missions.
"I would never even have prayed about missions because I knew if I prayed about missions God would send me to Africa," she told Baptist Press. "I had zero interest in Romania."
A wise decision
A Iochebed counselor, right, talks with a mother, the child she decided not to abort, and the baby's father, who reunited with the mother.
But when Herrera's pastor began an evangelistic partnership with Romania, God began to make that country more special in her life. Read More
Movement winning struggle after 30 years of abortion, pro-lifers say
WASHINGTON (BP)--Despite 30 years of legalized abortion and all its consequences, at least some pro-life Americans believe they are winning the battle to restore protection to unborn children. Read More
Southern Baptists transformed as U.S. grappled with Roe v. Wade
WASHINGTON (BP)--Southern Baptists, now regarded in American life as integral participants in the pro-life movement, were not always so. Read More
Effort to reopen Roe v. Wade underway by Texas organization
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Allan E. Parker Jr., founder of the Texas Justice Foundation, is seeking to reopen the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases which legalized abortion on demand in the United States. Read More
Alternatives for Life aids Baptists on front lines of abortion battle
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--A byproduct of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has been the rise of pregnancy care centers, local Christian ministries dedicated to helping prevent abortions through counseling and practical assistance. One of the best resources for Southern Baptist churches and individuals interested in helping start and operate such centers is the North American Mission Board's Alternatives for Life Ministries. Read More
Diary of an unborn baby
EDITORS' NOTE: These facts about an unborn baby's development were adapted from the National Right to Life website, www.nrlc.org/abortion/facts/fetusdevelopment.html.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Day 1 - fertilization: all human chromosomes are present; unique human life begins Read More
Pro-life debate: whether the pill can cause abortion
WASHINGTON (BP)--Have pro-life Christians unknowingly aborted their tiny preborn children during the last four decades? Are some continuing to do so? Read More
Her abortion, a lifelong problem, also has defined her ministry
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Sedated and lying on a table, a scared -- but determined -- 19-year-old girl heard the roar of the vacuum-like machine begin. She felt the scraping inside her body. They lied. It hurt. Read More
Abortion's effects on women kindles seminarian's compassion
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Tammy Tillman's desire to see women counseled through the gospel of Christ dates back to her teenage years.
FIRST-PERSON: Get equipped to defend the unborn
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In 1988 I was a college senior, and I had just voted in my first presidential election. George Bush had won. On my university's campus, Republicans were definitely in the minority, but on the day after the election, you especially knew who was who. I walked into my French class and was greeted by many glum faces. My French teacher, Madame Goldberg, breezed in a few minutes later. "It will be hard for everyone to concentrate today. We are all so disappointed," she said. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: William Wilberforce's example
DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--One of the values of biography is encouragement. Seeing God's providence worked out in the life of another human being can often encourage us to repent, beware or persevere. Perseverance is the lesson I learn from the biography of one of my own Christian heroes, William Wilberforce. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Our endangered species
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--No single issue facing the American family today has produced more heartache or tragedy than abortion. In the 30 years since the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, more than 42 million American babies have been legally aborted. Incredibly, women who identify themselves as Protestants (43 percent) and Catholics (27 percent) obtain the majority of abortions. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Before it is too late
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision will pass with little notice from most Americans -- and that is itself part of the decision's legacy. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 30 years of legalized abortion
LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP)--What to you think of when contemplating the year 1973? Read More
Ill. Baptists' exec nominee is Okla. pastor Wendell Lang
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Illinois Baptists' executive director search has led to Oklahoma pastor Wendell C. Lang. The nomination is to be made by Kevin Kerr, chairman of the search committee, to the Illinois Baptist State Association's board of directors during their Jan. 27-28 meeting in Carlinville. Read More