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NFL veteran & wife make ultrasound gift to N. OrleansNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the power of partnership with a veteran National Football League player and his family in dedicating a new ultrasound machine in a New Orleans health center.
Benjamin and Kirsten Watson, along with their five children, joined in the dedication of the new addition to the ministry of Baptist Community Health Services (BCHS). The Watsons donated the ultrasound machine in the fall through the Psalm 139 Project, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's ministry to help place such technology in pregnancy resource centers across the country. Read More
Pro-life concerns mount over high court's La. rulingWASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's latest action in an abortion-related case again has prompted pro-life Americans to wonder whether a majority even exists to protect unborn children and their mothers.
In an order issued Thursday (Feb. 7), the high court blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law to require that an abortion doctor have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had upheld the 2014 law, which is intended to protect the health and lives of women who suffer complications from abortion. Read More
Unborn made in 'image of God,' Trump tells nationWASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump affirmed unborn children as image bearers of God and urged Congress to ban late-term abortions in his second State of the Union speech.
Trump called for both parties to work together for the good of the country in his address Tuesday night (Feb. 5) to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience. He repeated his requirement, however, of a policy that had helped produce a partial 35-day government shutdown and had delayed the date of his State of the Union speech -- a physical barrier along the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration.
Though Democrats and Republicans are deeply divided over abortion, the president asked for unity of effort "to build a culture that cherishes innocent life." Read More
Miss. latest state to consider heartbeat abortion banJACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi is the latest state this legislative season to consider banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, possibly establishing legal challenges to reach a U.S. Supreme Court considered more conservative.
Mississippi House and Senate bills passed legislative committees Tuesday (Feb. 5) and are headed to the chamber floors for consideration, the Associated Press reported, with court challenges predicted if the measures pass. Both bills have Baptist Republicans as principal authors, namely Rep. Chris Brown and Sen. Angela Burks Hill. Read More
Born-alive bill blocked in SenateWASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort in the U.S. Senate to require health care for a child born alive during an abortion fell victim to a Democratic member's objection Monday evening (Feb. 4).
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington blocked approval of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) when the proposal's sponsor, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, asked the Senate for unanimous consent in support of the measure. Defeat of a unanimous consent agreement requires an objection from only one senator.
Though Murray was the only Democrat to object, many others in a party dedicated to abortion rights likely would have been willing to do so. Read More
Va. governor's comments called 'horrifying'WASHINGTON (BP) -- The expanding effort to strike down state regulations on abortion until the moment of birth brought a sharp rebuke from a Southern Baptist ethicist of a governor whose comments supported permitting babies to die if they survive the procedure.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, described Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's remarks as "nothing short of horrifying, and a shock to any functioning conscience."
The controversy in Virginia came a week after New York legalized abortion until birth for the mother's "health" -- which is not defined and has been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court to include essentially any reason -- and as other states seek to wipe out limitations on the procedure. Read More
N.M. suicide bill spurs call to praySANTA FE, N.M. (BP) -- A New Mexico assisted suicide bill that has been described as "devastating" to the sanctity of life is drawing opposition from Baptists and other pro-family groups in the state.
Two of the bill's most controversial provisions -- suicide prescriptions via telemedicine and a broad definition of terminal illness -- were removed Jan. 28 by a committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives. But the legislation still would allow non-physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication and could endanger vulnerable members of society, according to the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, a partner organization of Focus on the Family. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: She was my mom
Though she struggled with drugs and took her own life, "she gave life to two kids," Zac Minton writes. "The woman was my mom. I'm so grateful she chose to let me live." Read More
N.Y. abortion bill: 'alarming in every sense'ALBANY, N.Y. (BP) -- New York may have re-established itself as America's leading abortion state by enacting a law that critics say goes beyond even the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into law Jan. 22 shortly after the state legislature completed passage of the controversial proposal. Enactment of the legislation came on the 46th anniversary of the high court's decision striking ... Read More
Pregnancy center saving lives, reaching soulsSPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) -- This spring, Alexia Newman will celebrate 30 years as director of Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, one of the largest crisis pregnancy care centers in South Carolina.
When she interviewed for the job in April 1989, she did not even know it was a pro-life ministry. "I had to ask before I would continue. I did not know anything about crisis pregnancies," she said. Since then she has become a seasoned veteran, heading a ministry that saves lives and reaches people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What has characterized her tenure at such a demanding post when the average stay of a director is less than three years? Read More