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Texas blocked from defunding Planned Parenthood
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'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
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 advocatesWASHINGTON (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?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 lowWASHINGTON (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
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 babiesFRANKFORT, 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
Ky. bills to protect unborn babies progressFRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky House Republicans managed to do Thursday (Jan. 6) what they'd been trying accomplish for years: pass legislation that would require women to undergo ultrasounds before having abortions.
Frustrated Kentucky voters elected a super majority of pro-life Republicans in the November election, paving the way for passage of the ultrasound bill and a litany of others that had languished while the House was under Democratic control. Read More
Baby burial decision expected Jan. 6AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Texas abortion centers can continue disposing of aborted baby body parts in sewer systems and landfills for now, due to a federal judge's ruling.
A law that was set to go into effect Dec. 19 would have required abortion centers and abortion-providing hospitals to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies. ... Read More