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  • GuideStone, ministries gain win against HHS mandate

    March 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press & Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone, ministries gain win against HHS mandate

    GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and the ministries it serves have gained a vital, legal victory against the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate, marking a seven-year religious liberty battle.

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  • Abstinence ed could benefit from HHS tweaks

    March 27 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abstinence ed could benefit from HHS tweaks

    Tweaks to a federal grant program that allots $260 million to family planning, mostly for lower-income Americans, have drawn praise from advocates of abstinence-based sex education and criticism from Planned Parenthood. Among the tweaks at issue, this year’s grant announcement encourages applicants to consider informing teens of the “benefits of delaying sex.”

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  • HHS: Religious liberty to be ‘vigorously’ enforced

    January 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    HHS: Religious liberty to be ‘vigorously’ enforced

    The Donald Trump administration’s creation of an office to safeguard health care professionals’ religious liberty has drawn praise from evangelicals and derision from advocates of abortion and transgender rights. Arkansas physician Steve Goss said new federal safeguards for religious freedom are not likely to change the practices of Christian health care providers.

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  • New HHS abortion/contraception mandate rules blocked

    December 19 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New HHS abortion/contraception mandate rules blocked

    A crucial win for objectors to the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate is now on hold. In a Dec. 15 ruling, a federal court in Philadelphia blocked enforcement of the Trump administration’s new rules that exempt from the controversial requirement those employers that object based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions.

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  • Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate

    November 28 2017 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University | with 0 comments
    Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate

    Union University has settled its lawsuit against the U.S. government concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that Union provide abortion-causing drugs as part of its employee health plans.

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  • Sexual risk avoidance advocate named to HHS post

    June 9 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sexual risk avoidance advocate named to HHS post

    A leading advocate of sexual risk avoidance – a holistic health approach encouraging sexual abstinence until marriage – has been named to a top post in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Valerie Huber, co-founder and president of the Ascend advocacy and education group, will join HHS.

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  • Royce, former ERLC leader, joins Trump admin.

    May 30 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Royce, former ERLC leader, joins Trump admin.

    Shannon Royce, a former leader at the Family Research Council and Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been appointed as the Trump administration’s director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Partnerships. The center seeks to forge government partnerships with faith-based and community organizations to address community needs.

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  • High court may be near HHS mandate review

    July 31 2013 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A court setback to a Pennsylvania family business that objects to the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate heightens the likelihood the Supreme Court will soon decide whether for-profit companies have religious free exercise rights, says a legal expert.

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