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  • ERLC: Church's internal discourse needs protection

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort by Texas abortion providers to obtain a church's internal communications would violate the First Amendment and a federal law protecting religious freedom if successful, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief June 25 urging the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to overturn a federal judge's order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues. While the current case involves the Catholic Church, a failure to vacate the order also would threaten the religious liberty of Southern Baptist and other congregationally governed churches, the brief says. Read More

  • Pro-lifers call out potential sex-abuse cover-ups

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.(BP) -- While members of Congress call for an investigation of Planned Parenthood for failing to report the suspected sexual abuse of minors, pro-life activists and two U.S. congressmen from Indiana are confronting matters in their own state.

    Indiana Right to Life announced the filing of 48 consumer complaints against nine Indiana abortionists who allegedly failed to follow state reporting laws regarding abortions they performed on girls under the age of 16 (and as young as 12). The law requires abortionists to report such abortions to the Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Child Services within three days of the procedure.

    "The doctors' failures to indicate this step was taken demonstrate that they may have violated the law, possibly deliberately, and thereby possibly allowed for the continuation of abuse," wrote U.S. Reps. Jim Banks and Todd Rokita in a letter to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. The two congressmen urged Hill to investigate. Read More

  • High court affirms pregnancy centers' speech rights

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a key free-speech victory for pro-life pregnancy centers today (June 26) by a 5-4 vote.

    The high court reversed a lower court decision regarding a California law that, in part, essentially requires pregnancy care centers to promote abortion services. The justices ruled the pregnancy centers that challenged the measure would likely succeed in their assertion it violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and returned the case to a federal court for reconsideration in light of their opinion. Read More

  • Pro-life banners to greet drivers in 50 cities

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    CHICAGO (BP) -- Pro-life advocates will hold banners on highway overpasses June 22 proclaiming "abortion takes a human life" to rush-hour motorists in 50 U.S. cities spanning 24 states.

    The first National Pro-Life Bridges Day is designed to use a non-confrontational statement to spark conversations on abortion among hundreds of thousands of Americans, event organizer Eric Scheidler of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Chemical abortions on hold in Arkansas

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday (May 29) to hear a lawsuit over a 2015 Arkansas law that requires abortionists to contract with doctors at nearby hospitals who can help women if complications arise from the use of mifepristone and misoprostol, drugs that work together to end early pregnancies.

    Pro-life leaders cheered the move while Planned Parenthood took its next step in challenging the law. A hearing was set for Friday in Little Rock, Ark. Meanwhile, the abortion giant has canceled appointments at its facilities in Fayetteville and Little Rock. Read More

  • Supreme Court: Immigrant teen's abortion ruling tossed

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court stopped a lower court Monday (June 4) from setting a new precedent on illegal immigrant minors' access to abortion.

    The court threw out a federal appeals court ruling that allowed a pregnant illegal immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion while in federal immigration custody, saying the decision was moot because the teen already had the abortion.

    The June 4 action prevents the lower court's decision from setting a new legal precedent for abortion access -- but the unsigned opinion with no dissents failed to go as far as the Trump administration reportedly wanted to go. Read More

  • SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Ark. Baptists

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal today (May 29) to hear Planned Parenthood's challenge of an Arkansas abortion law could allow the Natural State to become the first state to effectively outlaw medication-induced abortions.

    "I am thankful for the discernment used by the U.S. Supreme Court to not address this issue," Sonny Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, told Baptist Press via email. "The regulation in question is a common sense regulation to protect people from an industry that wants ... Read More

  • Ireland vote called 'tragedy' for unborn babies

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD , posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    IRELAND (BP) -- A leading Irish pro-life group admitted defeat Saturday (May 26) in its effort to keep the country's protections for unborn children.

    Two exit polls taken Friday indicated about 70 percent of voters opted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the country's constitution, which granted unborn babies the same legal rights as their mothers. See related Baptist Press report. The final figures were 66.4 percent in favor of the change and 33.6 percent voting no, according to the BBC. Read More

  • Update: Irish voters overturn abortion ban

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: In an apparent landslide, Irish voters overturn abortion ban.

    IRELAND (BP) -- Irish voters headed to the polls May 25 in a historic referendum to determine whether the country keeps some of Europe's strongest protections for unborn children.

    Ireland's Eighth Amendment, adopted in 1983, makes a mother and her unborn baby equal under the law, effectively restricting abortion except in cases where the mother's life is at risk. If voters decide to repeal the amendment, lawmakers will consider new laws legalizing abortion.

    The Irish government, which supports the repeal effort, has proposed legalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowing later abortions only in special cases. Analysts have portrayed the vote as the last stand in the battle for the country's soul. Read More

  • New rule would cut Title X Planned Parenthood funds

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    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