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  • New rule would cut Title X Planned Parenthood funds

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 18, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other pro-life leaders applauded news that the Trump administration will propose a new rule that would eliminate family planning funds for abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

    The Department of Health and Human Services planned to announce later today (May 18) a regulation that would bar Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or refer for abortions from receiving federal money through the Title X family planning program, according to news reports. Read More

  • Iowa lawmakers approve fetal heartbeat ban

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Iowa legislature has approved a bill that would become the earliest abortion ban in the United States if it becomes law and withstands an inevitable legal challenge.

    The legislation would bar an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected -- which can occur as soon as six weeks into pregnancy. A woman can be unaware she is pregnant at that point.

    The Iowa House of Representatives passed the measure in a 51-46 vote late May 1, and the Senate approved the House-endorsed bill 29-17 early May 2. Read More

  • Family, supporters mourn death of Alfie Evans

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LIVERPOOL, England (BP) -- Alfie Evans, the sick toddler at the center of a legal battle over his treatment in Britain, died early Saturday (April 28).

    "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30," his father, Tom Evans, 21, said in Facebook post. Doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England, discontinued Alfie's life support Monday against his parents' wishes.

    Evans and Alfie's mother, Kate Jones, lost appeal after appeal in court for the ... Read More

  • Neb., Tenn. defund Planned Parenthood

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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