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  • Report: Abortion rate hits all-time low

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 days 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 (9 days 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 (10 days 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

  • Ky. bills to protect unborn babies progress

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, January 06, 2017 (13 days ago)

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    FRANKFORT, 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. 6

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, January 04, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    AUSTIN, 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

  • Rule protects Planned Parenthood in Obama's last days

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates hope the Obama administration's latest beneficial act for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers will have a brief existence.

    Barely five weeks before President Obama leaves office, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued Dec. 14 a final rule that would effectively block states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion providers. The federal government provides funds for family planning and preventive health services to states through the Title X program. Read More

  • Okla. mandates pro-life signs in public facilities

    by Bob Brown/WORLD News Service , posted Thursday, December 15, 2016 (one month ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Within a year, restrooms in Oklahoma's motels, medical facilities, and restaurants may contain signs encouraging pregnant women to carry their babies to term.

    On Tuesday (Dec. 13), by an 8-1 vote, the Oklahoma State Department of Health approved regulations requiring all department-licensed facilities to place specially worded signs in their public restrooms.

    The new rules would even apply to Oklahoma's abortion centers. Read More

  • French abortion bill would outlaw 'moral' pressure

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, December 08, 2016 (one month ago)

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    PARIS (BP) -- A bill passed by France's Senate Dec. 7 that bans websites distributing "false information" about abortion could be used, pro-life activists say, to criminalize legitimate attempts to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies.

    The bill was approved 173-126, according to news reports, and must return to the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, for final approval before advancing to Socialist President Francois Hollande. Read More

  • Pope clashes with biblical teaching, Baptists say

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pope Francis' newly extended permission for all priests to forgive the sin of abortion demonstrates sharp disagreement between Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity over God's forgiveness, Southern Baptist theologians say.

    In an apostolic letter issued Nov. 21, Pope Francis said he was granting "all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion." ... Read More

  • 'Life;' campaign saves 676 unborn babies, leaders say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, November 07, 2016 (2 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- At least 676 mothers were swayed from aborting their babies by volunteers on the 40 Days for Life international campaign and its concurrent bus tour that ended Nov. 6, according to the campaign's preliminary tally.

    As the campaign ended Nov. 6, major campaign sponsor Pro-Life Action Ministries (PLAM) of St. Paul, Minn., estimated 676 lives had been saved, based on reports from volunteers who conducted fasts and held prayer vigils outside 367 abortion facilities in 270 U.S. cities and more than 20 foreign countries. Read More