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Kennedy: Calif. law may present 'undue burden'WASHINGTON (BP) -- Free-speech and pro-life advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday (March 20) with multiple reasons to expect the justices will strike down a California law that requires pregnancy care centers to promote abortion services.
Supporters of pro-life pregnancy centers in the case heard a centrist Supreme Court justice, then a liberal one, signal disapproval of the measure during oral arguments. Those pointed evaluations, plus the skepticism expressed by several other justices, offered opponents of the law strong hope the threat to such centers would die in this case. Read More
High court leaves pro-life center supporters 'hopeful'WASHINGTON (BP) -- A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared receptive today (March 20) to arguments by pro-life pregnancy centers that a state law requiring them essentially to publicize abortion services violates their free speech.
The justices' decision in the case -- expected before they end their term this summer -- will likely have major repercussions for hundreds of pregnancy care centers in numerous states. The California law at issue is part of an ongoing effort by abortion-rights advocates and their lawmaking allies in cities and states to limit the impact of pro-life centers that provide free services to pregnant women. Read More
UPDATE: Miss. adopts earliest protection for unbornJACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday (March 19) signed into law the earliest protection in the nation for unborn babies.
The bill bans abortion after 15 weeks' gestation, rolling back the state's current 20-week limit. It passed through the state legislature by wide margins earlier this month.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has promised to challenge the law's constitutionality in court, calling it "the latest in the state's string of cruel and unnecessary assaults on reproductive rights." Read More
Miss. nears earliest abortion ban in countryWASHINGTON (BP) -- Mississippi stands on the verge of enacting the earliest ban on abortions in the United States.
The state's House of Representatives approved in a 75-34 vote Thursday (March 8) a bill that would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks' gestation. The legislation -- which the Senate passed 35-14 March 6 -- will go to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has indicated he will sign it.
The measure will lower Mississippi's ban on abortions by five weeks from its current 20-week restriction.
Southern Baptist ethics leaders commended the legislature's action. Read More
ERLC joins Supreme Court brief for pro-life centers
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has joined with other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect fully the free speech of pro-life pregnancy centers.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and three other groups signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Christian Legal Society (CLS) calling for the high court to review a lower-court decision they say restricts the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. The justices will be considering whether to accept the appeal by a California pregnancy care center. Read More
Pastor's story sparks generosity for pro-life centersWASHINGTON (BP) -- No one knew what was about to happen when Southern Baptist pastor Nathan Lino stood to share at the Evangelicals for Life dinner about God's provision for his Houston church's pro-life pregnancy center in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
The leaders of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family were hoping for $125,000 in donations that evening to provide ultrasound machines and training for pregnancy centers in the United States. By the end of the evening, guests at the Jan. 19 event at the Museum of the Bible had responded to Lino's account by giving about $336,000. Three weeks later, the amount had surpassed $400,000. Read More
Gerber baby spotlights Down syndrome abortion fightCLEVELAND, Ohio (BP) -- A smiling baby with Down syndrome is making history as the Gerber "spokesbaby" just as a growing list of states are trying to criminalize the abortion of babies diagnosed with the genetic disorder in utero.
A federal appeals court heard arguments Friday (Feb. 16) in Indiana's two-year battle with Planned Parenthood over a law criminalizing the abortion of babies with disabilities such as Down syndrome, the Indianapolis Star reported at IndyStar.com. The 2016 measure, which Vice President Mike Pence signed into law during his gubernatorial term, has been blocked by a permanent injunction since September ... Read More
Late-term abortion ban fails in SenateWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Senate rejected an effort to prohibit late-term abortions Monday (Jan. 29), assuring the United States would maintain for now one of the world's most radical policies on the procedure.
Senators voted 51-46 to bring the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, S. 2311, to the floor but fell short of the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture, as it is known, and proceed to a roll call on passage. The bill would ban abortions on babies 20 weeks or more after fertilization based on scientific evidence that a child in the womb experiences pain by that point in gestation. Read More
Mothers headed to abortion get baby-saving compassionFLINT, Mich. (BP) -- In a dumpster.
Harvey says his infant twins likely would have been discarded there by the abortion clinic, if not for James Carr standing out in the parking lot in the strip mall that also houses a Family Dollar.
Except for one day a week when other volunteers relieve Carr, he's pitched his red tent across from the abortion clinic in Flint, Mich., pleading all day with the clinic's clients to have a conversation about saving their baby. Read More
Pro-life free speech defended by ERLC to high courtWASHINGTON (BP) -- A California law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to publicize abortion services is unconstitutional, government-compelled speech, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations have told the U.S. Supreme Court.
If the justices uphold the California law, pro-life centers would be forced to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere or face a fine of as much as $1,000 a day.
The Supreme Court announced Wednesday (Jan. 24) it would hear oral arguments in the case March 20. The justices are expected to issue a ruling before they adjourn in late June or early July. Read More