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  • Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

    September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

    Brett Kavanaugh appears likely to gain confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court after completing the gauntlet that is now the hearing process for nominees to the country’s highest bench. The Senate is expected to hold a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, 53, before the Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 1.

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  • Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

    September 5 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

    Abortion drew the spotlight Sept. 4 as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about Kavanaugh’s seeming willingness to restrict abortion rights …

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  • Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

    July 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

    Keeping the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) out of politics remains a goal of the SBC’s president and vice presidents, J.D. Greear said in defending their endorsement of President Trump’s justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “All three of us have a desire to keep the SBC out of politics, but we also want to speak with clarity …

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  • Evangelical leaders embrace Kavanaugh nomination

    July 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelical leaders embrace Kavanaugh nomination

    Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders embraced President Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday (July 9) and called for his quick confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump announced his selection of Kavanaugh, 53, Monday night from the White House, ending speculation on who would be chosen from a list …

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  • Kennedy’s departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill

    June 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kennedy’s departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement effective July 31, ending 30 years of service that began with his 1988 confirmation in the Ronald Reagan administration. Kennedy’s resignation opens a second seat for President Donald Trump to fill. In 2017, Congress amended rules to allow confirmation of justices by a simple majority vote …

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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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  • Cake baker’s 7-2 SCOTUS win affirms religious liberty

    June 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cake baker’s 7-2 SCOTUS win affirms religious liberty

    The U.S. Supreme Court delivered an important, if not wide-ranging, victory for religious liberty June 4 in its continuing faceoff with sexual liberty. In a 7-2 opinion, a high court majority that included conservatives and liberals ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the religious free exercise clause of the First Amendment by penalizing …

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  • SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Arkansas Baptists

    May 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Arkansas Baptists

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Planned Parenthood’s challenge of an Arkansas abortion law could allow the state to become the first 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, said.

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  • High court ruling permits sports betting in all states

    May 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court ruling permits sports betting in all states

    All 50 states are now free to sponsor gambling on sporting events. In a 6-3 ruling May 14, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that prevented state authorization of sports gambling. The decision means states may legalize and operate betting on professional and college sports.

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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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  • 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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  • Supreme Court DACA order spurs call to prayer

    February 28 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Supreme Court DACA order spurs call to prayer

    The Supreme Court’s refusal to fast-track a Trump administration appeal related to immigration has given Congress more time to resolve the fate of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. In response to the high court’s action, Southern Baptists have urged prayer that Congress will act justly.

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