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  • Argentina Senate thwarts abortion rights effort

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Argentine Senate's refusal to legalize abortion in that South American country has dealt a setback for the time being to the effort by activists to expand the right to the lethal procedure internationally.

    The Senate defeated in a 38-31 vote Aug. 9 a bill that would have permitted elective abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Argentina currently prohibits abortions, although it allows exceptions when the life or health of the mother is threatened or the pregnancy is the result of rape. Argentina's Chamber of Deputies had approved the legislation in a 129-125 vote in June. Read More

  • Love Life group seeks more prayer, fewer abortions

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    NEWTON, N.C. (BP) -- A group of pro-life advocates in North Carolina believes God can end the abortion industry, and they are working with people across the state to make it happen.

    "We really can do something about it," said Josh Kappes, director of city development at Love Life, a non-profit that leads people to pray and rally near abortion clinics in three regions of North Carolina. "It's our modern-day slavery."

    Kappes, who is also pastor of biblical counseling at Vertical Life Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Newton, networks with pastors and local church leaders, recruiting believers to gather for one-hour prayer journey meetings to explain the ministry of Love Life. The outreach initially focused on Charlotte, but recently expanded to include other areas. Read More

  • Inside FDA's research with aborted baby body parts

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (4 days ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Taxpayers have been funding government research using tissue from aborted babies for years, according to a new report, and pro-life groups are calling for the practice to halt.

    CNS News broke the story last week that the Food and Drug Administration signed a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to provide "human fetal tissue" to make "chimeric animals that have a human immune system." FDA contracts with ABR date back to 2012.

    "It's horrifying news because we hope that our FDA and our federal government are going to be doing ethical research and not contributing to the trafficking of baby body parts and abortions," David Prentice, vice president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life research group, said. "There are actually ethical alternatives to make these humanized mice. You don't have to use aborted fetal tissue to do this anymore." Read More

  • University ends baby body parts program

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- Researchers at the University of New Mexico will no longer procure, sell, or dissect aborted baby body parts, the university announced recently.

    The research program led for two decades by Robin Ohls, a pediatrics professor, was halted following an internal investigation. Both the New Mexico Alliance for Life and the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Panel on Infant Lives, organized to investigate allegations of fetal tissue trade exposed in a series of undercover videos, said evidence from their own investigations pointed to the university's violation of state and federal law. Read More

  • Victory for pro-life sidewalk counselors

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD , posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    QUEENS, N.Y. (BP) -- Pro-life sidewalk counselors may continue praying, preaching and handing out literature in front of a Queens, N.Y., abortion center, a federal judge ruled on July 20.

    The case began last June when former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit, charging the counselors with harassment, physical obstruction and threats of violence against women seeking abortions at Choices Medical Clinic and the volunteers escorting them to the door. Schneiderman's office carried on with the lawsuit after his resignation in May over sexual assault allegations. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: The pro-choice language pro-lifers need to drop

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Have I really been sending mixed messages about when life begins?" Mary asked herself as she drove home from her coworker's baby shower.

    Mary looked at her two kids through the rearview mirror and remembered the "Repeal Roe v. Wade" bumper sticker she had displayed on the back of her minivan. Mary bit her lip and continued to mull over a comment a pro-life friend had made at the shower. Read More

  • ERLC: Church's internal discourse needs protection

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort by Texas abortion providers to obtain a church's internal communications would violate the First Amendment and a federal law protecting religious freedom if successful, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief June 25 urging the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to overturn a federal judge's order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues. While the current case involves the Catholic Church, a failure to vacate the order also would threaten the religious liberty of Southern Baptist and other congregationally governed churches, the brief says. Read More

  • Pro-lifers call out potential sex-abuse cover-ups

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (one month ago)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.(BP) -- While members of Congress call for an investigation of Planned Parenthood for failing to report the suspected sexual abuse of minors, pro-life activists and two U.S. congressmen from Indiana are confronting matters in their own state.

    Indiana Right to Life announced the filing of 48 consumer complaints against nine Indiana abortionists who allegedly failed to follow state reporting laws regarding abortions they performed on girls under the age of 16 (and as young as 12). The law requires abortionists to report such abortions to the Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Child Services within three days of the procedure.

    "The doctors' failures to indicate this step was taken demonstrate that they may have violated the law, possibly deliberately, and thereby possibly allowed for the continuation of abuse," wrote U.S. Reps. Jim Banks and Todd Rokita in a letter to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. The two congressmen urged Hill to investigate. Read More

  • High court affirms pregnancy centers' speech rights

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- 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 likely succeed in their assertion it violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and returned the case to a federal court for reconsideration in light of their opinion. Read More

  • Pro-life banners to greet drivers in 50 cities

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CHICAGO (BP) -- Pro-life advocates will hold banners on highway overpasses June 22 proclaiming "abortion takes a human life" to rush-hour motorists in 50 U.S. cities spanning 24 states.

    The first National Pro-Life Bridges Day is designed to use a non-confrontational statement to spark conversations on abortion among hundreds of thousands of Americans, event organizer Eric Scheidler of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League told Baptist Press. Read More