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  • Senators, Trump address pro-life supporters

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (17 hours ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two United States senators urged those attending Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 18) to practice honest, loving persuasion in the effort to defend human dignity.

    Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ben Sasse of Nebraska delivered keynote speeches on the first day of the third annual conference in the country's capital. The three-day conference -- hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family -- coincides with the annual March for Life Friday (Jan. 20). Read More

  • Moore: Salvation, not just winning, pro-life goal

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (19 hours ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The goal of evangelical pro-life efforts is greater than winning, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said in the opening address of Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 18).

    "We want abortion doctors to stop doing abortions, but that's not enough. We want abortion doctors to find life in Jesus Christ," the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told attendees at the third annual conference in the country's capital.

    "We want white supremacists to stop oppressing minorities with hatred and bigotry, but that's not all. We want to see Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ," he continued. "We want to see jihadists around the world and repressive regimes stop killing people, but that's not enough. We want to see jihadists and oppressors come to faith in Jesus Christ." Read More

  • Study: Post-abortion ministry yields spiritual renewal

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (2 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nearly 20 percent of post-abortive women who sought help from a crisis pregnancy center say their experience led them to a "deepened spiritual life," with 7.5 percent saying abortion drove them to faith in Christ, according to a study published by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

    "You often hear about how pregnancy centers are saving babies," said Dean Inserra, a Florida pastor who serves on the board of A Women's Pregnancy Center in Tallahassee. "... But maybe the most underrated thing they're doing is the counseling of women who have had abortions." Read More

  • Third Evangelicals for Life event to address human dignity

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Evangelical Christians will gather for the third consecutive year in the United States' capital city beginning Thursday (Jan. 18) to speak for the sanctity of all human life.

    Evangelicals for Life (EFL) -- a three-day conference hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family -- will address abortion and a host of other human dignity issues. The event is structured around the annual March for Life, which will be held Jan. 19 on the National Mall.

    The timing of the march and the conference coincides with the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that legalized abortion throughout the country. Read More

  • Tenn. abortion measure upheld in appeals court

    by Baptist and Reflector Staff, posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (9 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 9) to uphold the results of a 2014 statewide vote in Tennessee that provided for stricter abortion regulations in the state.

    The vote will enable state legislators to enact restrictions on abortions that are already in place in neighboring states. A 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions was enacted by state legislators and signed into law by the governor in 2015.

    A number of churches and religious organizations, including the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB), supported Amendment 1 through an effort called "Yes On 1." Read More

  • Baltimore pregnancy center wins against city mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (10 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Baltimore, Md., pro-life pregnancy help center has gained another court victory over the city's attempt to require it to communicate government-approved speech.

    The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 5 a Baltimore ordinance violated the First Amendment's free-speech clause by mandating pro-life centers display signs saying they do not provide abortions or contraceptives or make referrals for the services. The law does not require abortion clinics to post messages communicating what services they do not provide. Read More

  • Calif. again approves abortion pill reversal class

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service , posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (15 days ago)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- The California Board of Registered Nursing has given a green light -- for the third time -- to a class teaching nurses how to reverse drug-induced abortions.

    The board's decision, coming just months after it decided to cut the class, surprised leaders of Heartbeat International, the Ohio-based nonprofit organization that offers the continuing education credit. See related story.

    "We thought it would be more paperwork involved and more of a protracted process," Heartbeat spokesman Jay Hobbs said. "In the end, really what we saw was them ... conceding that this is a science-based approach to medicine, that there's just no good grounds to stop nurses from learning about that." Read More

  • Gospel parenting prime topic for ERLC in 2017

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 (29 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Applying the Gospel of Jesus to parenting received significant attention from the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during 2017.

    The ERLC dedicated its annual national conference to Christ-centered parenting and developed curriculum on the same subject during the year. The other issues that marked the entity's work included religious liberty, racial reconciliation and the sanctity of human life. Read More

  • Longest-frozen-embryo baby 'from the Lord,' mother says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (one month ago)

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A 26-year-old mother gives all credit to the Lord after she gave birth to a baby girl from a donated embryo frozen more than 24 years, considered a record in cryopreservation births.

    "People say it's science. No, I say it's purely the Lord," Tina Gibson told the NBC affiliate WBIR in a Dec. 19 video posted on Facebook. "This is a gift from the Lord for sure."

    The Christian-based National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, ... Read More

  • Racism addressed in 10 state convention resolutions

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A desire for racial reconciliation is on the minds of Southern Baptists across the U.S. as 10 state convention adopted resolutions decrying racism of any form. Other states have addressed the concern in previous years, though tensions in recent years likely motivated a return to the subject this fall.

    With the exception of New England Baptists, state conventions where messengers passed resolutions on racism were in the South and Southwest, including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. Read More