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  • Texas tries different tack in pro-life legislation

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (6 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Texas legislators have turned their attention to defending unborn children since the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated their attempt last year to protect pregnant women from unsafe abortions.

    Southern Baptist national and state leaders commended their effort. Read More

  • Baptists partner with Tenn. foster care system

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 20, 2017 (6 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has found a valuable partner to help improve the state's foster care system: faith-based organizations like the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes.

    Since December, TBCH has participated in a collaboration of government and the private sector to encourage foster parenting. Known as TN Fosters, the collaboration seeks to unite state government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations and businesses in recruiting foster parents and supporting foster families. Read More

  • Trump signs bill enabling states to defund PPFA

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (13 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump signed legislation today (April 13) that once again enables states to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

    Trump's action overturned a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in December, only five weeks before President Obama left office. Many pro-life advocates perceived the HHS regulation, which effectively barred states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion clinics, as a parting gift from Obama to the abortion industry. Read More

  • Pence twice breaks ties to repeal pro-PPFA rule

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 31, 2017 (26 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Senate approved repeal of a pro-Planned Parenthood rule by the slimmest of margins Thursday (March 30) in an action that twice required Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.

    Pence's decisive votes -- first to bring the proposal to the Senate floor and then to pass it -- broke 50-50 roll calls and provided final action by Congress to reverse an Obama administration regulation. The rule in question effectively bars states from prohibiting funds for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The House of Representatives approved the measure in a 230-188 vote in February. Read More

  • Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 27, 2017 (one month ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- Bills that would legalize assisted suicide have failed to advance in eight of 24 states considering them this year, with pro-life victories in Hawaii and New Mexico drawing media focus.

    No state has passed assisted-suicide legislation thus far in 2017 after 2016 saw Colorado and the District of Columbia legalize the practice and California enact a bill passed the previous year.

    Assisted-suicide bills "have done very poorly" this year, said Rita Marker, ... Read More

  • Snowstorm doesn't halt 'Prayer for Human Dignity'

    by Sharon Mager, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (one month ago)

    ANNAPOLIS, Md.(BP) -- Though a nor'easter snowstorm cancelled the annual Maryland March for Life event on March 13, representatives from many Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) churches still gathered for a planned pre-march "Prayer for Human Dignity" hosted by First Baptist Church of Eastport in Annapolis. Read More

  • Abortion 'vital' to Planned Parenthood mission

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 09, 2017 (one month ago)

    "This is just another example of why Planned Parenthood deserves not a penny of taxpayer funding."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood's rejection of a White House offer to maintain federal funding if it drops its abortion business demonstrates how important the lethal procedure is to the organization, Southern Baptist leaders said.

    The informal proposal and the refusal -- reported March 6 by The New York Times -- came as Congress and President Trump consider legislation to cut funds for the country's scandal-plagued, leading abortion provider. Both a budget bill and a new health-care replacement measure proposed in the House of Representatives would slash funds for Planned Parenthood, which receives more than $500 million annually in government grants and reimbursements. Read More

  • Mont. Senate passes novel late-term abortion rules

    by Bob Brown/WORLD News Service , posted Monday, February 27, 2017 (one month ago)

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    HELENA, Mont. (BP) -- The Montana state Senate has passed a bill requiring abortionists to try to save babies born at 24 weeks of gestation and older. Even if the Republican-controlled House passes Senate Bill 282, the bill still faces an uncertain future. The Senate voted 32–18 in favor of the bill, just shy of a two-thirds majority needed to override a likely veto from pro-abortion Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

    Montana law currently prohibits late-term abortions except to save the mother's life. But SB 282 would require the abortionist, even in that rare case, to induce labor ... Read More

  • Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (2 months 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 (2 months 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