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  • Late-term abortion ban fails in Senate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (18 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Senate rejected an effort to prohibit late-term abortions Monday (Jan. 29), assuring the United States would maintain for now one of the world's most radical policies on the procedure.

    Senators voted 51-46 to bring the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, S. 2311, to the floor but fell short of the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture, as it is known, and proceed to a roll call on passage. The bill would ban abortions on babies 20 weeks or more after fertilization based on scientific evidence that a child in the womb experiences pain by that point in gestation. Read More

  • Mothers headed to abortion get baby-saving compassion

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, January 29, 2018 (19 days ago)

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    FLINT, Mich. (BP) -- In a dumpster.

    Harvey says his infant twins likely would have been discarded there by the abortion clinic, if not for James Carr standing out in the parking lot in the strip mall that also houses a Family Dollar.

    Except for one day a week when other volunteers relieve Carr, he's pitched his red tent across from the abortion clinic in Flint, Mich., pleading all day with the clinic's clients to have a conversation about saving their baby. Read More

  • Pro-life free speech defended by ERLC to high court

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (23 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A California law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to publicize abortion services is unconstitutional, government-compelled speech, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations have told the U.S. Supreme Court.

    If the justices uphold the California law, pro-life centers would be forced to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere or face a fine of as much as $1,000 a day.

    The Supreme Court announced Wednesday (Jan. 24) it would hear oral arguments in the case March 20. The justices are expected to issue a ruling before they adjourn in late June or early July. Read More

  • Evangelicals for Life addresses 'pro-life ethic'

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, January 22, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Evangelical Christians defend not only unborn children in the pro-life cause but all other human beings in need as well, speakers said on the second day of the Evangelicals for Life conference in the country's capital.

    Christian advocacy for and ministry to refugees, orphans, immigrants and the poor gained attention Jan. 19 at the third annual event co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family. The three-day conference -- which concluded Jan. 20 with breakout sessions -- broke ... Read More

  • Roe v. Wade 'survivors' defend right to life

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Monday, January 22, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- People from across the nation and around world rallied Friday (Jan. 19) at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life just three days prior to the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that legalized abortion on demand across the nation.

    A majority of the estimated 100,00-plus participants (no official counts are registered) appeared to be overwhelmingly teenagers and young adults who recognize the impact that the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade decision has ... Read More

  • Senators, Trump address pro-life supporters

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (29 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two United States senators urged those attending Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 18) to practice honest, loving persuasion in the effort to defend human dignity.

    Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ben Sasse of Nebraska delivered keynote speeches on the first day of the third annual conference in the country's capital. The three-day conference -- hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family -- coincides with the annual March for Life Friday (Jan. 20). Read More

  • Moore: Salvation, not just winning, pro-life goal

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (29 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The goal of evangelical pro-life efforts is greater than winning, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said in the opening address of Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 18).

    "We want abortion doctors to stop doing abortions, but that's not enough. We want abortion doctors to find life in Jesus Christ," the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told attendees at the third annual conference in the country's capital.

    "We want white supremacists to stop oppressing minorities with hatred and bigotry, but that's not all. We want to see Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ," he continued. "We want to see jihadists around the world and repressive regimes stop killing people, but that's not enough. We want to see jihadists and oppressors come to faith in Jesus Christ." Read More

  • Study: Post-abortion ministry yields spiritual renewal

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nearly 20 percent of post-abortive women who sought help from a crisis pregnancy center say their experience led them to a "deepened spiritual life," with 7.5 percent saying abortion drove them to faith in Christ, according to a study published by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

    "You often hear about how pregnancy centers are saving babies," said Dean Inserra, a Florida pastor who serves on the board of A Women's Pregnancy Center in Tallahassee. "... But maybe the most underrated thing they're doing is the counseling of women who have had abortions." Read More

  • Third Evangelicals for Life event to address human dignity

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Evangelical Christians will gather for the third consecutive year in the United States' capital city beginning Thursday (Jan. 18) to speak for the sanctity of all human life.

    Evangelicals for Life (EFL) -- a three-day conference hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family -- will address abortion and a host of other human dignity issues. The event is structured around the annual March for Life, which will be held Jan. 19 on the National Mall.

    The timing of the march and the conference coincides with the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that legalized abortion throughout the country. Read More

  • Tenn. abortion measure upheld in appeals court

    by Baptist and Reflector Staff, posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 9) to uphold the results of a 2014 statewide vote in Tennessee that provided for stricter abortion regulations in the state.

    The vote will enable state legislators to enact restrictions on abortions that are already in place in neighboring states. A 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions was enacted by state legislators and signed into law by the governor in 2015.

    A number of churches and religious organizations, including the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB), supported Amendment 1 through an effort called "Yes On 1." Read More