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  • TN passes viability test for abortions after 20 weeks

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (6 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill May 12 that requires abortionists to evaluate unborn babies for their ability to live outside the womb after 20 weeks' gestation.

    The new law bans abortions on unborn babies shown to be viable and requires medical opinions from two abortionists. Violators could be slapped with possible felony charges, sent to prison for up to three years, and have their medical licenses revoked. The law makes exceptions for cases in which carrying a baby to term endangers the mother's life or vital organs. Read More

  • Abortion control bills vetoed by Minn. governor

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed May 10 a pair of bills that would have limited the use of state funds for abortions and imposed licensing standards on abortion clinics, drawing recriminations from pro-life advocates. Read More

  • Tenn. legislature OKs post-viable abortion ban

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Tennessee legislature has overwhelmingly approved a ban on post-viability abortions, drawing praise from the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity.

    The House of Representatives voted 69-18 in favor of the Tennessee Infants Protection Act Wednesday (May 3), two days after the Senate passed the legislation in a 27-3 vote. The bill will go to Gov. Bill Haslam, who is considered pro-life but has not announced whether he will sign it into law. Read More

  • Court hears ACLU challenge to Ky. ultrasound law

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge didn't immediately rule after hearing arguments seeking a temporary restraining order against Kentucky's new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and hear a description of the images.

    U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering whether to grant the request from the American Civil Liberties Union to block the law pending the outcome of the ACLU's overall challenge to its constitutionality. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Save the people

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

    As people watch for April the Giraffe to give birth to her baby, Brian Hobbs ponders with sorrow that the same attention isn't focused on babies in the womb endangered by abortion. Read More

  • Texas blocked from defunding Planned Parenthood

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (3 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Texas is the latest state to suffer a judicial setback in its effort to eliminate government funds for Planned Parenthood.

    Federal Judge Sam Sparks of Austin, in a Feb. 21 ruling, blocked enforcement of a December decision by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to disqualify Planned Parenthood affiliates from participation in the state's Medicaid program. State Attorney General Ken Paxton promised to appeal Sparks' opinion. Read More

  • Mo. governor to fight St. Louis abortion 'sanctuary'

    by Missouri Pathway & BP Staff, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (3 months ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has pledged to lead a fight to repeal a bill passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen essentially making St. Louis a "sanctuary city" for abortion, with critics contending it threatens the religious freedom of citizens and institutions opposing it.

    Known as Board Bill 203, it places pregnancy and reproductive health -- including the decision to abort a child -- alongside already protected classes such as race, gender, religion and disability in St. Louis' anti-discrimination ordinance. Read More

  • Judge postpones hearing in Ky. abortion lawsuit

    by Kentucky Today, BP & Western Recorder Staff, posted Monday, February 13, 2017 (3 months ago)

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge has postponed a hearing on whether to grant a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of a new law in Kentucky requiring expectant mothers considering abortions to first undergo ultrasounds.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Colin Lindsay rescheduled the hearing for March 23 at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the law passed by the Kentucky General Assembly on Jan. 7. The hearing had originally been set for Feb. 16. Read More

  • Gorsuch nomination lauded by life, liberty advocates

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 01, 2017 (3 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty and pro-life advocates warmly welcomed President Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court as the Senate prepares for what is expected to be a hard-fought confirmation battle.

    Trump announced his selection of Gorsuch, 49, a federal appeals court judge, during prime-time television Tuesday evening (Jan. 31) to fill the seat created by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last February. Read More

  • What should churches do to protect human life?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches must be intentional in protecting the lives of the unborn and caring for the most vulnerable among us, leaders across the Southern Baptist Convention said as the SBC prepares to observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Jan. 22.

    John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention and SBC recording secretary, expressed hope for the reversal of elective abortion rights when he called churches to action in a blogpost on the MBC website. Read More