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Biden urged to keep commitment on refugee admissions

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist and other advocates for persecuted people are urging President Biden to follow through on his commitment to increase refugee admissions dramatically after a record low in the last year.

High court weighs if Kentucky AG can defend abortion ban

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court considered in oral arguments Tuesday (Oct. 12) whether Kentucky’s attorney general should be permitted to defend a ban on a particularly gruesome method of abortion after another public official declined to do so.

Texas ban on heartbeat abortions in effect again

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – The Texas law to protect the life of an unborn baby whose heartbeat can be detected is back in effect – at least for now.

Caring Well ministry to survivors, churches continues

NASHVILLE (BP) – The effort to prevent sexual abuse and to care for its survivors within Southern Baptist churches continues three years after it began even as examinations of the SBC Executive Committee and the Convention have been approved by separate boards of trustees.

Texas to appeal ruling blocking heartbeat abortion ban

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) – The state of Texas is appealing a federal court order in an effort to reinstate its five-week-old ban on abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Pro-life policies under attack at federal level

WASHINGTON (BP) – Abortion-rights advocates are pressing for the rollback of pro-life policies through all three branches of the federal government. Supporters of abortion rights succeeded in the executive branch Monday (Oct. 4), when the Biden administration announced the repeal of a Trump-era rule that prohibited family planning funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations […]

ERLC’s goal on abortion: Illegal but also ‘unnecessary and unthinkable’

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is aiming for more than the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion nationwide. It wants a post-Roe world in which abortion is “unnecessary and unthinkable.”

ERLC presents ultrasound machine to Northern Ireland center

MOIRA, Northern Ireland (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity made its first international placement of an ultrasound machine Wednesday (Sept. 29) in Northern Ireland.

Some Bethany branches find home with Lifeline after same-sex decision

NASHVILLE (BP) – Multiple state branches of Bethany Christian Services have found a new home after the ministry announced its across-the-board policy change to place children for adoption and foster care with same-sex couples.

ERLC-endorsed brief defends religious liberty of Texas inmate

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined in a request of the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the freedom of a condemned Texas inmate to have a Southern Baptist pastor lay hands on and pray for him when he receives a lethal injection.