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    Abortion defunding bill fails in Senate

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (3 hours ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The effort to remove the federal government from the abortion business failed Thursday (Jan. 17) in the U.S. Senate.

    Senators voted, 48-47, to bring the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act to the floor for a vote on final passage. But the roll call fell far short of the 60 votes needed to succeed in the procedural move known as invoking cloture.

    The proposal, S. 109, would establish a permanent, government-wide ban on funds for abortions by standardizing the prohibitions that now exist in various federal programs. The bill also would block federal money for abortion coverage under the 2010 health-care law and guarantee full disclosure of abortion funding by health insurance plans that are part of the controversial arrangement. Read More

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    Moore at EFL: Dignity, Gospel needed

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (3 hours ago)

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    VIENNA, Va. (BP)-- Human dignity and Gospel mission should characterize the Christian voice at a time when people are treated like machines, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said at Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 17).

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, opened the second day of the annual conference sponsored by the ERLC. The two-day event at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., continued with a full day of addresses, panel discussions and breakout sessions on such topics as abortion, adoption, disability, racial unity, immigration, Christian persecution and criminal justice reform.

    Many EFL attendees planned to participate in the annual March for Life Friday (Jan. 18) on the National Mall. Read More

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    Baby-saving ministry ready to extend its reach

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (3 hours ago)

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    FLINT, Mich. (BP) -- Justin Phillips said it's the best and worst thing he's ever done with his life. Every day, he stands across the strip mall parking lot from a door marked simply G-3422. It's sandwiched between two dollar stores.

    Every week, 20 to 30 babies are aborted there.

    "We're out there pleading with moms and dads to have mercy on their child, and we'll help," said Phillips, a full-time missionary with ONElife for Life, a ministry of ONElife Church in Flint, Mich. Read More

  • Evangelicals for Life opens with Platt, Chapman

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 (23 hours ago)

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    VIENNA, Va. (BP) -- Obedience to the Great Commission leads Christians "inevitably to treasure the sanctity of human life," David Platt told the audience at Evangelicals for Life Wednesday night (Jan. 16).

    The opening session of the fourth annual conference -- sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission -- featured a concert by Steven Curtis Chapman to benefit the Psalm 139 Project, the ERLC's ministry to help place ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers across the country. Read More

  • SANCTITY OF LIFE: Beware the distractions

    by J.D. Greear, posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Tomorrow in our nation's capital, thousands upon thousands of people will participate in the March for Life, the largest pro-life rally in the world. The march is built on the conviction that unborn babies are made in the image of God and, as such, they deserve the rights God has given to all people.

    The conversation about abortion really should hinge on one question: Are the unborn human or not?

    If so, then the reasoning behind the pro-choice cause falls apart. The arguments become "red herrings" -- distractions that aren't relevant to the issue at hand. Read More

  • Abortion defunding effort resumes in Congress

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates in Congress have not given up on extracting the federal government from the abortion business.

    Members of the Senate and House of Representatives already have introduced legislation in the new congressional session, which began Jan. 3, to end funding for abortions and abortion providers. Their efforts to gain passage, however, face what appear to be insurmountable odds in a House now controlled by Democrats, who support abortion rights nearly across the board.

    Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced Jan. 10 the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (S. 109), which would create a permanent, government-wide ban on funds for abortions by standardizing the prohibitions that now exist in various federal programs. The bill -- introduced by Wicker in partnership with Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan. -- also would block federal money for abortion coverage under the 2010 health-care law and guarantee full disclosure of abortion funding by health insurance plans that are part of the controversial arrangement. Read More

  • Judges block rules on abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Federal conscience protections for American employers who object to the abortion/contraception mandate are on hold.

    Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania blocked Sunday (Jan. 13) and Monday (Jan. 14), respectively, implementation of final rules from the Trump administration that provided exemptions for employers with religious or moral objections to the 2011 requirement instituted under President Obama.

    The opinions prevented rules issued in November by the Department of Health and Human ... Read More

  • Journey Church & adoption: 'It is in our DNA'

    by Sarah Davis/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Monday, January 14, 2019 (3 days ago)

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    Jan. 20 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention.

    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- In 2011, Dan Reeves began his first sermon series from the book of James as lead pastor of the newly launched Journey Church. At that time, he knew the future ministries of the young congregation were still unclear -- that is until he read from James 1:27: "Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world."

    Reeves' wife Veronica noted, "As a brand new, closely knit body of believers, we were ... Read More

  • Foster care & adoption infused into church plant

    by Chris Forbes, posted Monday, January 14, 2019 (4 days ago)

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    MUSTANG, Okla. (BP) -- From a church planting perspective, The Well is averaging approximately 100 in weekly attendance, recently baptizing several new believers.

    Meanwhile, the planters -- Stephen Myers and Steven Giblet -- have worked to cultivate a culture within the church conducive to foster care and adoption.

    Now in its second year, the church plant of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma currently is meeting at Canyon Ridge Intermediate School in the Mustang school district. Read More

  • Judge's ruling spotlights tele-abortion fight

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD , posted Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (8 days ago)

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    TOPEKA, Kansas (BP) -- Pro-life Kansans received a blow last week when a judge ruled in favor of abortions by teleconference, something many reportedly thought was already prohibited in their state.

    Tele-abortions allow a woman to end her baby's life without visiting an abortion center. An abortionist can video conference with a pregnant woman from a remote location and immediately prescribe her abortion-inducing drugs. The arrangement leaves women vulnerable to medical complications without a provider close by to treat them.

    Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis ruled Dec. 31 that a 2018 law safeguarding unborn babies from tele-abortion was invalid and the practice had been legal in Kansas since 2011, when a court order in a different case blocked a similar law. But Kansas state legislators passed another law in 2015 prohibiting tele-abortions. Read More