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  • Miss. latest state to consider heartbeat abortion ban

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (16 days ago)

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    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi is the latest state this legislative season to consider banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, possibly establishing legal challenges to reach a U.S. Supreme Court considered more conservative.

    Mississippi House and Senate bills passed legislative committees Tuesday (Feb. 5) and are headed to the chamber floors for consideration, the Associated Press reported, with court challenges predicted if the measures pass. Both bills have Baptist Republicans as principal authors, namely Rep. Chris Brown and Sen. Angela Burks Hill. Read More

  • Born-alive bill blocked in Senate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 05, 2019 (17 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort in the U.S. Senate to require health care for a child born alive during an abortion fell victim to a Democratic member's objection Monday evening (Feb. 4).

    Sen. Patty Murray of Washington blocked approval of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) when the proposal's sponsor, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, asked the Senate for unanimous consent in support of the measure. Defeat of a unanimous consent agreement requires an objection from only one senator.

    Though Murray was the only Democrat to object, many others in a party dedicated to abortion rights likely would have been willing to do so. Read More

  • Abortion defunding bill fails in Senate

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The effort to remove the federal government from the abortion business failed Thursday (Jan. 17) in the U.S. Senate.

    Senators voted, 48-47, to bring the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act to the floor for a vote on final passage. But the roll call fell far short of the 60 votes needed to succeed in the procedural move known as invoking cloture.

    The proposal, S. 109, would establish a permanent, government-wide ban on funds for abortions by standardizing the prohibitions that now exist in various federal programs. The bill also would block federal money for abortion coverage under the 2010 health-care law and guarantee full disclosure of abortion funding by health insurance plans that are part of the controversial arrangement. Read More

  • Judges block rules on abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Federal conscience protections for American employers who object to the abortion/contraception mandate are on hold.

    Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania blocked Sunday (Jan. 13) and Monday (Jan. 14), respectively, implementation of final rules from the Trump administration that provided exemptions for employers with religious or moral objections to the 2011 requirement instituted under President Obama.

    The opinions prevented rules issued in November by the Department of Health and Human ... Read More

  • Pro-life gains and losses in Ohio

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD , posted Thursday, January 03, 2019 (one month ago)

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- The Ohio state Senate last week came one vote short of overriding a veto by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on a bill that would have protected babies from abortion after a detectable heartbeat. Kasich, a Republican, said he vetoed the bill for the second time in two years because it would saddle the state with a costly court battle and would ultimately be declared unconstitutional.

    On the same day Kasich vetoed the heartbeat bill he signed a measure making "dismemberment abortion" a fourth-degree felony for abortionists. Read More

  • High court's order raises question on abortion

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to rule on cases involving government funding of Planned Parenthood has raised the question of whether pro-life advocates can count on a majority of justices in abortion-related cases.

    The high court announced Monday (Dec. 10) it would not review lower court opinions regarding decisions by Kansas and Louisiana to remove Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider. The order came in cases that did not address abortion directly but involved whether Medicaid recipients can challenge a state's decision on who qualifies as a provider in the government program that helps with health-care expenses. Read More

  • Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- An abortion procedure in use for 17 years in the U.S. is drawing ire from a Christian medical group as England prepares to adopt the practice by year's end.

    Under the new plan, women in England will be allowed to take at home the second dose of the pharmaceutical combo commonly called the abortion pill, BBC news reported Aug. 25. Currently in England, both oral doses of the abortion pill must be administered in medical clinics, normally between 24 and 48 hours apart.

    "Home abortions," according to the interdenominational Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) of London, "pose a serious threat to women's health" and should be carefully weighed before implementation. Read More

  • Argentina Senate thwarts abortion rights effort

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (6 months ago)

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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

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

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (7 months 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: A page in our history can be turned

    by Andrew T. Walker, posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, Andrew Walker writes, is an opportunity "to reverse historic wrongs and injustices overseen by Supreme Court justices who acted as Philosopher-Kings instead of dispassionate interpreters of the Constitution." Read More