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  • Neb., Tenn. defund Planned Parenthood

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (2 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nebraska and Tennessee this month joined more than a dozen states that have cut funding for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, a pro-life campaign that has seen mixed results.

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts approved a budget that prohibits Title X funding from going to abortion providers, directing $1.9 million toward centers that neither refer for nor perform abortions. Read More

  • Posthumous conception raises 'host of ethical issues'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 06, 2018 (13 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The legal and moral propriety of conceiving a child with a dead person's egg or sperm is among the latest fronts being discussed in bioethics.

    In Ireland, legislation is under consideration that would permit reproductive cells from deceased individuals to be used by their spouses or partners to conceive children posthumously, according to media reports. The Irish legislature's Joint Committee on Health discussed the bill once in January and again in February, a spokesperson for the legislature told Baptist Press. A final bill could be drafted in the coming months and put before parliament for debate. Read More

  • Ind. approves abortion center oversight

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD , posted Thursday, April 05, 2018 (14 days ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP) -- Indiana now numbers among the majority of states that require annual inspections of abortion centers and classify the murder of an unborn baby as homicide.

    Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the two pieces of pro-life legislation last week, drawing approval from pro-life advocates and ire from abortion supporters. The first bill expands the state's safe haven law, establishes annual inspections for abortion centers -- something already required in 27 other states -- and mandates all medical doctors report treatment they give women for complications due to abortion, including infections and anxiety. Read More

  • Assisted suicide dies in 2 New England states

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Legislative efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide have failed in two New England states, but Hawaii appears to be on the verge of enacting the practice.

    If Hawaii legalizes assisted suicide, it will become the seventh state to do so, following California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington -- as well as the District of Columbia.

    "Assisted suicide is an assault on dignity," Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore ... Read More

  • Her call: vulnerable women & babies in their wombs

    by Kayla Rinker, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    COLUMBIA, Mo. (BP) -- The abdominal bleeding wouldn't stop and she was running a fever of 104. The landlord knew the ordeal her young tenant had been through at Planned Parenthood, so she called somebody who knew more about post-abortion health concerns than she did.

    After a few phone calls, the scared young woman was connected with Bonnie Lee.

    "Am I dying?" she asked Lee. Read More

  • Kennedy: Calif. law may present 'undue burden'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (29 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Free-speech and pro-life advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday (March 20) with multiple reasons to expect the justices will strike down a California law that requires pregnancy care centers to promote abortion services.

    Supporters of pro-life pregnancy centers in the case heard a centrist Supreme Court justice, then a liberal one, signal disapproval of the measure during oral arguments. Those pointed evaluations, plus the skepticism expressed by several other justices, offered opponents of the law strong hope the threat to such centers would die in this case. Read More

  • High court leaves pro-life center supporters 'hopeful'

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared receptive today (March 20) to arguments by pro-life pregnancy centers that a state law requiring them essentially to publicize abortion services violates their free speech.

    The justices' decision in the case -- expected before they end their term this summer -- will likely have major repercussions for hundreds of pregnancy care centers in numerous states. The California law at issue is part of an ongoing effort by abortion-rights advocates and their lawmaking allies in cities and states to limit the impact of pro-life centers that provide free services to pregnant women. Read More

  • UPDATE: Miss. adopts earliest protection for unborn

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD, posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (one month ago)

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    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday (March 19) signed into law the earliest protection in the nation for unborn babies.

    The bill bans abortion after 15 weeks' gestation, rolling back the state's current 20-week limit. It passed through the state legislature by wide margins earlier this month.

    The Center for Reproductive Rights has promised to challenge the law's constitutionality in court, calling it "the latest in the state's string of cruel and unnecessary assaults on reproductive rights." Read More

  • Miss. nears earliest abortion ban in country

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 09, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Mississippi stands on the verge of enacting the earliest ban on abortions in the United States.

    The state's House of Representatives approved in a 75-34 vote Thursday (March 8) a bill that would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks' gestation. The legislation -- which the Senate passed 35-14 March 6 -- will go to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has indicated he will sign it.

    The measure will lower Mississippi's ban on abortions by five weeks from its current 20-week restriction.

    Southern Baptist ethics leaders commended the legislature's action. Read More

  • ERLC joins Supreme Court brief for pro-life centers

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has joined with other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect fully the free speech of pro-life pregnancy centers.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and three other groups signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Christian Legal Society (CLS) calling for the high court to review a lower-court decision they say restricts the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. The justices will be considering whether to accept the appeal by a California pregnancy care center. Read More