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  • Oregon to make abortion coverage free for all

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    SALEM, Ore. (BP) -- Oregon health insurers and taxpayers will soon be paying for abortion, contraceptives and sterilization under a new law Gov. Kate Brown has vowed to sign.

    The newly-passed Reproductive Health Equity Act forbids health insurance plans from imposing "a deductible, coinsurance, copayment, or any other cost-sharing requirement" for abortion, STD screening, prenatal care, post-natal care and all forms of contraception. Read More

  • U.K. baby sparks end-of-life discussion

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 07, 2017 (14 days ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- The heart-wrenching case of a British infant with a genetic disease has triggered an international discussion about who should make end-of-life decisions for children.

    London's Great Ormond Street Hospital announced today (July 7) it would reconsider its decision to turn off life support for 11-month-old Charlie Gard. Previously, the hospital had gone against the wishes of Gard's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, by refusing to allow an experimental treatment and by obtaining permission from U.K. and European courts to remove Gard from a ventilator. Read More

  • Louisiana sued for its pro-life laws

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, July 06, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in Baton Rouge last week targeting Louisiana's abortion facility licensing law and other health and safety regulations.

    The group sued on behalf of Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport and three anonymous abortionists who say the Louisiana laws run counter to last year's Supreme Court decision Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. Read More

  • Pro-life campus group focus of lawsuit

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, June 05, 2017 (one month ago)

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    SAN MARCOS, Calif. (BP) -- Despite granting nearly $300,000 to LGBT groups to host speakers and put on events, California State University- San Marcos apparently denied money to the Students for Life group on campus -- and now the school faces a lawsuit.

    The pro-life organization requested $500, the capped amount granted to student groups from a cache of mandatory student fees, to host a speaker on the topic of "Abortion and Human Equality." The school allegedly denied the request, and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the group and its ... Read More

  • SBC leaders welcome proposal to revise HHS mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (one month ago) screen capture
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders expressed gratitude and hope at news the Trump administration has drafted a rule to protect the freedom of conscience of religious institutions that object to the abortion/contraception mandate established under President Obama.

    The White House Office of Management and Budget has provided notice on its website it is reviewing an "interim final rule" regarding the controversial requirement, The New York Times reported May 29. The notification followed by less than four weeks an executive order from President Trump directing the secretaries of three ... Read More

  • Journal: assisted suicide about 'autonomy,' not pain

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (one month ago)

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    TORONTO (BP) -- A report on physician-assisted suicide in Canada appears to support claims by opponents of the practice that it is driven by a desire for personal autonomy rather than pain management.

    A study published May 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found 95 percent of patients to receive medical aid in dying (MAiD) through Toronto's University Health Network between March 2016 and March 2017 cited "loss of autonomy" as a reason for the request to end their lives. No other reason was cited as frequently. The article's seven coauthors wrote that "few patients cited ... Read More

  • TN passes viability test for abortions after 20 weeks

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill May 12 that requires abortionists to evaluate unborn babies for their ability to live outside the womb after 20 weeks' gestation.

    The new law bans abortions on unborn babies shown to be viable and requires medical opinions from two abortionists. Violators could be slapped with possible felony charges, sent to prison for up to three years, and have their medical licenses revoked. The law makes exceptions for cases in which carrying a baby to term endangers the mother's life or vital organs. Read More

  • Dwindling: pro-life Dems & pro-choice party's fate

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pushback from pro-life Democrats and others continues some two weeks after Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said "every Democrat" should support abortion as one of the party's "fundamental values."

    Pro-life U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., told WORLD Radio May 2, "With the Democratic Party right now at probably our lowest point in about nine decades" in terms of the number of state and federal offices held, "it certainly is not the time to be pushing anyone outside the party or suggesting that they are not welcome." Read More

  • Tenn. legislature OKs post-viable abortion ban

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Tennessee legislature has overwhelmingly approved a ban on post-viability abortions, drawing praise from the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity.

    The House of Representatives voted 69-18 in favor of the Tennessee Infants Protection Act Wednesday (May 3), two days after the Senate passed the legislation in a 27-3 vote. The bill will go to Gov. Bill Haslam, who is considered pro-life but has not announced whether he will sign it into law. Read More