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  • Pro-life Rep. Murphy to exit amid mistress abortion scandal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (17 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a purported pro-lifer accused of having asked his ex-mistress to have an abortion, announced Oct. 4 he will not seek re-election when his eighth legislative term ends in January 2018.

    "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term," he said in an official statement at murphy.house.gov. "In the coming weeks I will take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties and seek healing. I ask you to respect our privacy during this time." Read More

  • Federal judge strikes down Ky. abortion law

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today , posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (24 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky law requiring doctors who conduct abortions to display and describe a patient's ultrasound as well as play the fetal heartbeat to the pregnant woman violates the First Amendment rights of those physicians, a federal judge said.

    U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled late Wednesday (Sept. 27) in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge to the law by the state's only abortion provider, EMW Women's Surgical Center, and bans the state from enforcing it. Read More

  • SBC leaders welcome proposal to revise HHS mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders expressed gratitude and hope at news the Trump administration has drafted a rule to protect the freedom of conscience of religious institutions that object to the abortion/contraception mandate established under President Obama.

    The White House Office of Management and Budget has provided notice on its website it is reviewing an "interim final rule" regarding the controversial requirement, The New York Times reported May 29. The notification followed by less than four weeks an executive order from President Trump directing the secretaries of three ... Read More

  • TN passes viability test for abortions after 20 weeks

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (7 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 (7 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 (8 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