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  • Chemical abortions on hold in Arkansas

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday (May 29) to hear a lawsuit over a 2015 Arkansas law that requires abortionists to contract with doctors at nearby hospitals who can help women if complications arise from the use of mifepristone and misoprostol, drugs that work together to end early pregnancies.

    Pro-life leaders cheered the move while Planned Parenthood took its next step in challenging the law. A hearing was set for Friday in Little Rock, Ark. Meanwhile, the abortion giant has canceled appointments at its facilities in Fayetteville and Little Rock. Read More

  • Supreme Court: Immigrant teen's abortion ruling tossed

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court stopped a lower court Monday (June 4) from setting a new precedent on illegal immigrant minors' access to abortion.

    The court threw out a federal appeals court ruling that allowed a pregnant illegal immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion while in federal immigration custody, saying the decision was moot because the teen already had the abortion.

    The June 4 action prevents the lower court's decision from setting a new legal precedent for abortion access -- but the unsigned opinion with no dissents failed to go as far as the Trump administration reportedly wanted to go. Read More

  • SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Ark. Baptists

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal today (May 29) to hear Planned Parenthood's challenge of an Arkansas abortion law could allow the Natural State to become the first state to effectively outlaw medication-induced abortions.

    "I am thankful for the discernment used by the U.S. Supreme Court to not address this issue," Sonny Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, told Baptist Press via email. "The regulation in question is a common sense regulation to protect people from an industry that wants ... Read More

  • Ireland vote called 'tragedy' for unborn babies

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD , posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    IRELAND (BP) -- A leading Irish pro-life group admitted defeat Saturday (May 26) in its effort to keep the country's protections for unborn children.

    Two exit polls taken Friday indicated about 70 percent of voters opted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the country's constitution, which granted unborn babies the same legal rights as their mothers. See related Baptist Press report. The final figures were 66.4 percent in favor of the change and 33.6 percent voting no, according to the BBC. Read More

  • Update: Irish voters overturn abortion ban

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: In an apparent landslide, Irish voters overturn abortion ban.

    IRELAND (BP) -- Irish voters headed to the polls May 25 in a historic referendum to determine whether the country keeps some of Europe's strongest protections for unborn children.

    Ireland's Eighth Amendment, adopted in 1983, makes a mother and her unborn baby equal under the law, effectively restricting abortion except in cases where the mother's life is at risk. If voters decide to repeal the amendment, lawmakers will consider new laws legalizing abortion.

    The Irish government, which supports the repeal effort, has proposed legalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowing later abortions only in special cases. Analysts have portrayed the vote as the last stand in the battle for the country's soul. Read More

  • New rule would cut Title X Planned Parenthood funds

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 18, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other pro-life leaders applauded news that the Trump administration will propose a new rule that would eliminate family planning funds for abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

    The Department of Health and Human Services planned to announce later today (May 18) a regulation that would bar Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or refer for abortions from receiving federal money through the Title X family planning program, according to news reports. Read More

  • Iowa lawmakers approve fetal heartbeat ban

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 03, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Iowa legislature has approved a bill that would become the earliest abortion ban in the United States if it becomes law and withstands an inevitable legal challenge.

    The legislation would bar an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected -- which can occur as soon as six weeks into pregnancy. A woman can be unaware she is pregnant at that point.

    The Iowa House of Representatives passed the measure in a 51-46 vote late May 1, and the Senate approved the House-endorsed bill 29-17 early May 2. Read More

  • Family, supporters mourn death of Alfie Evans

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LIVERPOOL, England (BP) -- Alfie Evans, the sick toddler at the center of a legal battle over his treatment in Britain, died early Saturday (April 28).

    "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30," his father, Tom Evans, 21, said in Facebook post. Doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England, discontinued Alfie's life support Monday against his parents' wishes.

    Evans and Alfie's mother, Kate Jones, lost appeal after appeal in court for the ... Read More

  • Neb., Tenn. defund Planned Parenthood

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nebraska and Tennessee this month joined more than a dozen states that have cut funding for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, a pro-life campaign that has seen mixed results.

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts approved a budget that prohibits Title X funding from going to abortion providers, directing $1.9 million toward centers that neither refer for nor perform abortions. Read More

  • Posthumous conception raises 'host of ethical issues'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The legal and moral propriety of conceiving a child with a dead person's egg or sperm is among the latest fronts being discussed in bioethics.

    In Ireland, legislation is under consideration that would permit reproductive cells from deceased individuals to be used by their spouses or partners to conceive children posthumously, according to media reports. The Irish legislature's Joint Committee on Health discussed the bill once in January and again in February, a spokesperson for the legislature told Baptist Press. A final bill could be drafted in the coming months and put before parliament for debate. Read More