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  • PPFA names new president but aura of scandal remains

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood has a doctor as its new president but continues to carry its scandal-plagued reputation as the country's No. 1 abortion provider.

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) the selection of Leana Wen as the sixth president in its century-long history. Wen has been health commissioner of the city of Baltimore for the last 3 1/2 years and becomes the first physician to head the organization in nearly 50 years.

    Wen, who succeeds Cecile Richards after her 12-year tenure, takes over Planned Parenthood three years after undercover videos were first released that provided evidence the organization was trading in body parts from aborted babies. The investigation by the Center of Medical Progress (CMP) prompted congressional examination of the organization and a reported investigation by the Department of Justice, as well as renewed federal defunding efforts. Read More

  • Pro-life leaders urge end to fetal research

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined more than 40 other pro-life leaders in urging the Trump administration to halt federal use of aborted baby tissue for research.

    The letter sent Tuesday (Sept. 11) came in response to an early August report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a contract to obtain "fresh" tissue from aborted babies for experimentation. The contract signed in late July with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) is for tissue to transplant into "humanized mice" so they will have a "human immune system," CNS News reported.

    The pro-life letter -- initiated by the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List and sent to Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) -- said the federal government "must find ethical alternatives as soon as possible, and should end all association with those who participate in any trafficking or procurement of aborted baby organs. No taxpayer dollars should continue to go to this gruesome practice." Read More

  • Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (16 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Abortion drew the spotlight today (Sept. 4) as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

    The Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about Kavanaugh's seeming willingness to restrict abortion rights, and more than 30 protestors were arrested in the hearing room, including some who touted abortion rights. Read More

  • Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (21 days ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- An abortion procedure in use for 17 years in the U.S. is drawing ire from a Christian medical group as England prepares to adopt the practice by year's end.

    Under the new plan, women in England will be allowed to take at home the second dose of the pharmaceutical combo commonly called the abortion pill, BBC news reported Aug. 25. Currently in England, both oral doses of the abortion pill must be administered in medical clinics, normally between 24 and 48 hours apart.

    "Home abortions," according to the interdenominational Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) of London, "pose a serious threat to women's health" and should be carefully weighed before implementation. Read More

  • Argentina Senate thwarts abortion rights effort

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Argentine Senate's refusal to legalize abortion in that South American country has dealt a setback for the time being to the effort by activists to expand the right to the lethal procedure internationally.

    The Senate defeated in a 38-31 vote Aug. 9 a bill that would have permitted elective abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Argentina currently prohibits abortions, although it allows exceptions when the life or health of the mother is threatened or the pregnancy is the result of rape. Argentina's Chamber of Deputies had approved the legislation in a 129-125 vote in June. Read More

  • Love Life group seeks more prayer, fewer abortions

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NEWTON, N.C. (BP) -- A group of pro-life advocates in North Carolina believes God can end the abortion industry, and they are working with people across the state to make it happen.

    "We really can do something about it," said Josh Kappes, director of city development at Love Life, a non-profit that leads people to pray and rally near abortion clinics in three regions of North Carolina. "It's our modern-day slavery."

    Kappes, who is also pastor of biblical counseling at Vertical Life Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Newton, networks with pastors and local church leaders, recruiting believers to gather for one-hour prayer journey meetings to explain the ministry of Love Life. The outreach initially focused on Charlotte, but recently expanded to include other areas. Read More

  • Inside FDA's research with aborted baby body parts

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (one month ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Taxpayers have been funding government research using tissue from aborted babies for years, according to a new report, and pro-life groups are calling for the practice to halt.

    CNS News broke the story last week that the Food and Drug Administration signed a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to provide "human fetal tissue" to make "chimeric animals that have a human immune system." FDA contracts with ABR date back to 2012.

    "It's horrifying news because we hope that our FDA and our federal government are going to be doing ethical research and not contributing to the trafficking of baby body parts and abortions," David Prentice, vice president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life research group, said. "There are actually ethical alternatives to make these humanized mice. You don't have to use aborted fetal tissue to do this anymore." Read More

  • University ends baby body parts program

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (one month ago)

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- Researchers at the University of New Mexico will no longer procure, sell, or dissect aborted baby body parts, the university announced recently.

    The research program led for two decades by Robin Ohls, a pediatrics professor, was halted following an internal investigation. Both the New Mexico Alliance for Life and the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Panel on Infant Lives, organized to investigate allegations of fetal tissue trade exposed in a series of undercover videos, said evidence from their own investigations pointed to the university's violation of state and federal law. Read More

  • Victory for pro-life sidewalk counselors

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD , posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    QUEENS, N.Y. (BP) -- Pro-life sidewalk counselors may continue praying, preaching and handing out literature in front of a Queens, N.Y., abortion center, a federal judge ruled on July 20.

    The case began last June when former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit, charging the counselors with harassment, physical obstruction and threats of violence against women seeking abortions at Choices Medical Clinic and the volunteers escorting them to the door. Schneiderman's office carried on with the lawsuit after his resignation in May over sexual assault allegations. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: The pro-choice language pro-lifers need to drop

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Have I really been sending mixed messages about when life begins?" Mary asked herself as she drove home from her coworker's baby shower.

    Mary looked at her two kids through the rearview mirror and remembered the "Repeal Roe v. Wade" bumper sticker she had displayed on the back of her minivan. Mary bit her lip and continued to mull over a comment a pro-life friend had made at the shower. Read More