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  • Court hears ACLU challenge to Ky. ultrasound law

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (one month 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 (one month 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (3 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

  • Report: Abortion rate hits all-time low

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The abortion rate in the United States declined to an all-time low, while the number of lethal procedures dropped below a million for the first time since 1975, according to a new report.

    The Guttmacher Institute reported Tuesday (Jan. 17) the rate fell to 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women 15 to 44 years old in 2014, which is a decline of 14 percent since its most recent survey in 2011. In its census of all known abortion providers in the country, Guttmacher found abortions totaled 958,700 in 2013 and 926,190 in 2014. Read More

  • ACLU challenges Kentucky's new ultrasound law

    by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (3 months ago)

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new Kentucky law requiring women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound first. Read More

  • Ky. governor signs bills to protect unborn babies

    by Kentucky Today staff, posted Monday, January 09, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed bills into law Saturday (Jan. 7) evening that ban late-term abortions and require women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasounds.

    Both laws took effect as soon as Bevin's signature was applied. Lawmakers held a rare session on Saturday to give final passage to a series of high-priority bills, including two that would curb abortions.

    The late-term abortion law bans the procedures after 20 weeks of pregnancy, ... Read More