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  • Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Physician-assisted suicide officially has a new home in the wake of congressional inaction, and its proponents are pushing more jurisdictions to legalize the lethal practice.

    The District of Columbia's Death With Dignity Act went into effect Feb. 18 when Congress failed to overturn the measure by the deadline. The Senate and House of Representatives have 30 days after the district approves legislation to rescind it under their authority to review D.C. actions. A disapproval resolution passed by both chambers also must be signed by the president. Read More

  • Pro-life ministry barred again from N.C. facility

    by Seth Brown/Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- A North Carolina pregnancy resource center faced another setback when the Raleigh Board of Adjustment re-classified the organization as a medical facility, overturning the city attorney's designation of the pro-life ministry as a civic group, according to The News & Observer.

    The board's Feb. 13 designation effectively bars Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center from operating out of its Jones Franklin Road office, since the residential space must be rezoned for use as a medical facility and the Raleigh City Council denied Hand of Hope's rezoning request in 2016. Read More

  • Ill. pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    by Meredith Flynn, posted Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- Pro-life advocates in Illinois are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would allow the use of public money to fund abortions.

    Illinois House Bill 40, currently awaiting a vote by the state's House of Representatives, would strike from state law a provision that says Illinois' medical assistance program cannot pay for abortions. The bill also would allow state workers' health insurance plans to include coverage for abortions.

    Illinois Right to Life is one of the pro-life organizations that opposes HB 40. Its ... Read More

  • 'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade died as 'friend of life'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Roe v. Wade abortion rights plaintiff Norma McCorvey is being remembered for her Christian conversion and pro-life advocacy. She died Feb. 18 at age 69 in a Katy, Texas, assisted living facility of heart failure, the New York Times reported.

    The mother of three is believed to have never had an abortion herself, the New York Times said upon her death, as she carried to term the pregnancy that was the subject of the court case culminating in Roe v. Wade in 1973. But an estimated 58 million or more children have been aborted in the U.S. since the landmark ... Read More

  • House votes to annul rule protecting Planned Parenthood

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, February 17, 2017 (8 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives acted Thursday (Feb. 16) to rescind a two-month-old rule from the Obama administration that effectively restricts states from prohibiting funds for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

    The House voted 230-188 for House Joint Resolution 43, which disapproves of the rule and renders it without effect. Representatives took the action under Congress' authority to review agency rulemaking -- in this case, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More

  • Anti-Planned Parenthood rallies call for defunding

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 13, 2017 (12 days ago)

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    COLUMBIA, Mo. (BP) -- Pro-life demonstrators held rallies Feb. 11 at more than 220 Planned Parenthood clinics in 45 states to advocate withdrawing government funds from America's largest abortion provider.

    Meanwhile, a petition drive led by Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures on a letter asking Congress "to support the budget resolution that defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects funding to federally qualified health centers."

    Federally qualified health centers, which meet women's health care needs without ... Read More

  • Gov. Bevin honored by Ky. Baptists

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Gov. Matt Bevin has been honored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention for his leadership in getting laws passed to protect the state's children, including the unborn.

    Paul Chitwood, executive director of the 750,000-member KBC, presented Bevin the "Guardian of Life Award" at a rally in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday (Feb. 8) afternoon.

    Last month, Bevin signed two major pro-life bills into law -- one that requires women to undergo ultrasounds before having abortions and another that bans late-term abortions. Read More

  • Assisted suicide: N.M., Hawaii bills push envelope

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 07, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    SANTA FE, N.M. (BP) -- Legislators in 15 U.S. states are considering proposals to legalize assisted suicide, with a leading patients' rights group flagging bills in New Mexico and Hawaii as particularly concerning.

    The other 13 states considering assisted suicide are Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming, according to the Patients Rights Council (PRC), a group that opposes assisted suicide legislation. Read More

  • Reformers' pro-life views recounted

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 01, 2017 (24 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With pro-life rallies and events making headlines in the past few days, ethicists and historians have issued a reminder that the pro-life ethic has deep historical roots, including advocacy by the 16th-century Protestant Reformers.

    Reformation leaders John Calvin and Martin Bucer both condemned willful termination of a pregnancy directly while Martin Luther addressed the dignity of unborn children and the glory of childbearing. Anabaptists likewise dignified unborn life.

    Reformation leaders John Calvin and Martin Bucer both condemned willful termination of a pregnancy directly while Martin Luther addressed the dignity of unborn children and the glory of childbearing. Anabaptists likewise dignified unborn life. Read More

  • EFL speakers promote 'womb to tomb' dignity

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, January 30, 2017 (26 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The sanctity and dignity of human life require Christians to care not only for the unborn but for all people at all stages of life, speakers said on the final two days of the Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington.

    The phrase "the womb to the tomb" was heard during several addresses to describe the extent of the sanctity of human life and to call for protection and compassionate care from evangelical Christians.

    Evangelicals for Life (EFL) -- the second annual event co-hosted by the Southern ... Read More