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  • 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

  • Baltimore pregnancy center wins against city mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Baltimore, Md., pro-life pregnancy help center has gained another court victory over the city's attempt to require it to communicate government-approved speech.

    The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 5 a Baltimore ordinance violated the First Amendment's free-speech clause by mandating pro-life centers display signs saying they do not provide abortions or contraceptives or make referrals for the services. The law does not require abortion clinics to post messages communicating what services they do not provide. Read More

  • Calif. again approves abortion pill reversal class

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service , posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (one month ago)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- The California Board of Registered Nursing has given a green light -- for the third time -- to a class teaching nurses how to reverse drug-induced abortions.

    The board's decision, coming just months after it decided to cut the class, surprised leaders of Heartbeat International, the Ohio-based nonprofit organization that offers the continuing education credit. See related story.

    "We thought it would be more paperwork involved and more of a protracted process," Heartbeat spokesman Jay Hobbs said. "In the end, really what we saw was them ... conceding that this is a science-based approach to medicine, that there's just no good grounds to stop nurses from learning about that." Read More

  • Gospel parenting prime topic for ERLC in 2017

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Applying the Gospel of Jesus to parenting received significant attention from the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during 2017.

    The ERLC dedicated its annual national conference to Christ-centered parenting and developed curriculum on the same subject during the year. The other issues that marked the entity's work included religious liberty, racial reconciliation and the sanctity of human life. Read More

  • Longest-frozen-embryo baby 'from the Lord,' mother says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A 26-year-old mother gives all credit to the Lord after she gave birth to a baby girl from a donated embryo frozen more than 24 years, considered a record in cryopreservation births.

    "People say it's science. No, I say it's purely the Lord," Tina Gibson told the NBC affiliate WBIR in a Dec. 19 video posted on Facebook. "This is a gift from the Lord for sure."

    The Christian-based National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, ... Read More

  • Racism addressed in 10 state convention resolutions

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A desire for racial reconciliation is on the minds of Southern Baptists across the U.S. as 10 state convention adopted resolutions decrying racism of any form. Other states have addressed the concern in previous years, though tensions in recent years likely motivated a return to the subject this fall.

    With the exception of New England Baptists, state conventions where messengers passed resolutions on racism were in the South and Southwest, including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. Read More

  • Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Pro-life advocates are applauding the Ohio legislature's passage of a bill to ban abortions of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. They expect a signature from Gov. John Kasich within the next week or so.

    Last month, the state House passed the bill 64-31, and the Senate passed it 20-12 last week. The legislation prohibits abortions "because an unborn child has or may have Down syndrome." Abortionists who violate the law would face a fourth-degree felony charge, but their patients would not face prosecution. Read More

  • Pro-lifers applaud DOJ's probe into Planned Parenthood

    by Evan Wilt/WORLD News Staff, posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates hope a new U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Planned Parenthood marks a turning point for the nation's largest abortion provider.

    On Thursday (Dec. 17), the Justice Department requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicating it has launched a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood. In 2016, both the Judiciary Committee and The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives did their own investigations into the abortion industry and fetal procurement businesses. Both panels referred Planned Parenthood to the FBI at the end of 2016 for illegally profiting from fetal tissue sales. Read More

  • Fighting taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service , posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- Opponents of an Illinois law that would allow state funding of abortion on demand for state employees and Medicaid recipients have filed suit.

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the law, known as HB 40, earlier this year, and the Thomas More Society filed suit last week on behalf of 10 pro-life organizations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, and eight state legislators filing as taxpayers. The suit, a request to "restrain and enjoin" a misuse of tax dollars, points out Illinois cannot afford the abortions it has promised to cover.

    Pro-life experts said they were watching the lawsuit closely because the outcome could have national implications. Read More

  • Fed. judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

    by Evan Wilt/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked a Texas law protecting unborn babies from dismemberment abortions. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel placed a permanent injunction on Senate Bill 8, calling the legislation unconstitutional.

    Texas lawmakers passed the bill earlier this year to ban the procedure typically used in the second trimester. See related report.

    "The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner," Yeakel said. Read More