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  • Debate begins on next high court nominee

    June 29 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Debate begins on next high court nominee

    The retirement announcement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy quickly ushered in guessing games on whom President Trump would next nominate to the Supreme Court and how long Roe v. Wade and other rulings would survive. Kennedy, long the high court’s swing vote on controversial decisions, told Trump …

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  • High court affirms pregnancy centers’ speech rights

    June 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court affirms pregnancy centers’ speech rights

    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 …

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  • Chemical abortions on hold in Arkansas

    June 6 2018 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Chemical abortions on hold in Arkansas

    The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday (June 6) 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 …

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  • New rule would cut Title X Planned Parenthood funds

    May 21 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New rule would cut Title X Planned Parenthood funds

    The Department of Health and Human Services announced 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.

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  • Iowa lawmakers approve fetal heartbeat ban

    May 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iowa lawmakers approve fetal heartbeat ban

    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.

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  • GOP exodus raises questions about life, liberty

    April 25 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    GOP exodus raises questions about life, liberty

    The record number of Republicans leaving Congress raises questions about the fate of such issues as the sanctity of human life and religious freedom. When Paul Ryan announced he would retire, his decision brought to 38 the number of GOP members who have said they will not run for re-election.

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  • Nebraska, Tennessee defund Planned Parenthood

    April 18 2018 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Nebraska, Tennessee defund Planned Parenthood

    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.

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  • Her call: vulnerable women & babies in their wombs

    March 29 2018 by Kayla Rinker, The Pathway | with 0 comments
    Her call: vulnerable women & babies in their wombs

    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. ...

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  • ‘Cemetery’ displays collegians’ pro-life stance

    March 29 2018 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    ‘Cemetery’ displays collegians’ pro-life stance

    Nearly 500 flags in a “Cemetery for the Innocent” covered a section of Louisiana College’s quad as a memorial to the unborn on March 20. Each flag represented five of the lives aborted daily in the U.S. Chaz Morgan described the Cemetery for the Innocent as a visual picture of the battle ...

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  • Kennedy: California law may present ‘undue burden’

    March 22 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kennedy: California law may present ‘undue burden’

    Free-speech and pro-life advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court March 20 with multiple reasons to expect the justices will strike down a California law that requires pregnancy care centers to promote abortion services.

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  • High court leaves pro-life center supporters ‘hopeful’

    March 21 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court leaves pro-life center supporters ‘hopeful’

    A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared receptive 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 will likely have major repercussions for hundreds of pregnancy care centers in numerous states.

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  • Health care conscience protections return to Congress

    March 13 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Health care conscience protections return to Congress

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is urging Congress to approve legislation to protect the conscience rights of pro-life health care providers. The Conscience Protection Act would bar government discrimination against health care workers and facilities that object to being involved in abortion, as well as health insurers that refuse to provide coverage.

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  • Mississippi nears earliest abortion ban in country

    March 12 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mississippi nears earliest abortion ban in country

    Mississippi stands on the verge of enacting the earliest ban on abortions in the United States. The state’s House of Representatives approved in a 75-34 vote a bill that would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation. The legislation will go to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has indicated he will sign it.

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  • ERLC joins Supreme Court brief for pro-life centers

    March 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC joins Supreme Court brief for pro-life centers

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has joined with other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect fully the free speech of pro-life pregnancy centers. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and three other groups signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Christian Legal Society.

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  • Pastor’s story sparks generosity for pro-life centers

    February 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastor’s story sparks generosity for pro-life centers

    No one knew what was about to happen when Southern Baptist pastor Nathan Lino stood to share at the Evangelicals for Life dinner about God’s provision for his Houston church’s pro-life pregnancy center in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. ...

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