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  • Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church's internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's church-state entity.

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge's order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues.

    Though the case involved the Catholic Church, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) had said in a friend-of-the-court brief a failure to vacate the order would also endanger the religious freedom of Southern Baptist and other congregationally governed churches. Read More

  • Utah adopts informed consent law for medication abortions

    by Samantha Gobba, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BP) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation in late March that pro-life leaders hope will eventually help promote medically induced abortion reversals.

    The new law requires abortionists to inform women of "the options and consequences" of stopping a medication-induced abortion and will change state-printed information on abortion to tell women that mifepristone, the first of two drugs taken to end pregnancy, doesn't always work. Read More

  • What should churches do to protect human life?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches must be intentional in protecting the lives of the unborn and caring for the most vulnerable among us, leaders across the Southern Baptist Convention said as the SBC prepares to observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Jan. 22.

    John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention and SBC recording secretary, expressed hope for the reversal of elective abortion rights when he called churches to action in a blogpost on the MBC website. Read More

  • Adoption picture of salvation, parents say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    GREENBRIER, Tenn. (BP) -- Nathan and Jennifer Washburn rank parenting among their greatest joys, but a desire to have children was not their main motivation in adopting.

    Instead, the couple who married in 2004 point to spiritual value as their main motivation for their 2010 adoption from Kazakhstan of Kara Victoria Washburn, now 5, and, in 2014 from China, Owen RenLi Washburn, 3.

    "It was primarily a theological motivation to adopt," Nathan Washburn, pastor of First Baptist ... Read More

  • Abortion wanes as sanctity ceremonies resume

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 16, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The number and rate of abortions continue to decline as America again reaches the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the sanctity of human life observances that mark the ruling. Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Promote, protect, support life

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, January 16, 2015 (3 years ago)

    As Southern Baptists mark Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Roger S. "Sing" Oldham calls us to pray for the many among us who promote, protect and support the lives of children. Read More

  • Live each day, says terminally ill woman

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    CEDARVILLE, Ohio (BP) -- Melinda Pinkerton was on the cross-country track team when her coach noticed the 14-year-old's ankles turned inward when she ran. She recalls the date, Nov. 18, 2002 when her parents received the results of her MRI.

    "They told me about the results; the big NF2 [Neurofibromatosis Type 2] word scared me. My first thought was that I was going to die," Pinkerton wrote. "A month later, Dec. 18th, I had surgery to remove a grape-sized tumor that was squeezing my spinal cord flat." Read More

  • Bush urges pro-lifers to 'be strong'

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, January 23, 2008 (10 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--President Bush encouraged pro-life Americans to "take heart" and "be strong" on the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's legalization of abortion. Read More

  • In election year, pro-life movement at 'fork in the road'

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 (10 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The pro-life movement continues to make progress, but it faces a crucial juncture 35 years into America's devastating abortion regime.

          That is the opinion of two public policy leaders in the campaign to end legalized abortion as another anniversary for Roe v. Wade arrives. Jan. 22 is the 35th observance of a pair of Supreme Court opinions, headlined by Roe, that wiped out all state abortion bans and legalized the procedure nationwide, throughout pregnancy, for virtually any reason.

          On the anniversary each year, pro-lifers gather by the tens of thousands in the country's capital to mourn the killing of what is now about 50 million babies and the harm done to millions of women, while praying for and marching for an end to the violence. Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates celebrate the 1973 rulings in comparatively small numbers.

          Both sides do so this year knowing a new president will be elected in November, an event that will likely exert a great impact on the Supreme Court. Read More