Russell Moore: Gospel shapes view of human dignity

 
A Gospel-based view of human dignity both contradicts and gives hope to the world, Russell Moore said in the opening address of Evangelicals for Life on Jan. 26. "We are evangelicals for life," which means "we are a Gospel people," the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told attendees at the second-annual conference in the country's capital city. "We're pro-life, and we're pro-newness of life," Moore said. "We're pro-birth, and we're pro-new birth. We're pro-adoption, because ...

Sanctity of Life: Pro-life also has to mean anti-poverty

 
We can't truly be pro-life if we're not anti-poverty. Follow me through the facts here. Planned Parenthood celebrated its 100-year anniversary last October. Since 1916, founder Margaret Sanger's vision for this organization, reflected in its very name, was that every child be a wanted child. But underneath this mantra lay an ambition of systematic eugenics along with her belief that "the most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." Today, Planned ...

Agape House empowers women with the truth about life

 
When a woman walks into the medical clinic operated by Agape House in northwest Tennessee, she won't find evangelism tracts or Bibles in the waiting room. While she waits nervously to have an ultrasound to confirm her pregnancy, she won't be judged regardless of her circumstances. And if she tells the clinic staff that she's considering having an abortion, she will be given all the information she needs about her child, but won't be pressured into a decision. "If someone ...

Congressional panel urges defunding of Planned Parenthood

 
Planned Parenthood should no longer receive federal funds, a special congressional panel has recommended following a nearly 15-month investigation. The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives issued its final report Jan. 3 into the practices of abortion providers and others involved in the fetal tissue procurement business. The report not only called for congressional action to protect unborn children and their mothers, but it also recommended restrictions on government grants to abortion providers and on research using fetal tissue. Congress established ...

Rule protects Planned Parenthood in Obama's last days in office

 
Pro-life advocates hope the Obama administration's latest beneficial act for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers will have a brief existence. Barely five weeks before President Obama leaves office, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued Dec. 14 a final rule that would effectively block states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion providers. The federal government provides funds for family planning and preventive health services to states through the Title X program. The HHS action appears to benefit ...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Veto of 'Heartbeat Bill' was strategic

 
In an action that drew divided response from the pro-life community, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Dec. 13 banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and vetoed a measure outlawing abortion following detection of a fetal heartbeat. The 20-week ban includes an exception only for saving the life of the mother, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The so-called “Heartbeat Bill” would have banned most abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy. Kasich, a Republican, said in a statement he ...

Florida pastor: PPFA prosecution could have 'cooling effect'

 
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's decision to refer the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and several affiliates for potential federal prosecution has drawn praise from a Florida Baptist pastor who helped draft a Southern Baptist Convention resolution rebuking America's largest abortion provider. Prosecution "would have a cooling effect on the abortion industry," said Darrell Orman, chairman of the 2008 SBC Resolutions Committee, which recommended a resolution adopted by messengers "on Planned Parenthood." The resolution "decr[ied] the immoral actions of ...

Macy's ends Planned Parenthood contributions

 
Macy's Inc. has reportedly discontinued contributions to Planned Parenthood after customers complained of the chain's support of the abortion provider. Macy's Inc.'s latest 990 tax form verifies that the retail giant no longer includes the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in its community contributions, the research group 2ndVote said, describing the news as the latest "Miracle on 34th Street." "We're constantly updating our research to portray companies in the fairest possible light," 2ndVote Executive Director Lance Wray said in a ...

Pope's pronouncement clashes with biblical teaching, Baptists say

 
Pope Francis' newly extended permission for all priests to forgive the sin of abortion demonstrates sharp disagreement between Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity over God's forgiveness, Southern Baptist theologians say. In an apostolic letter issued Nov. 21, Pope Francis said he was granting "all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion." In so doing, the pope expanded indefinitely an authorization he had given priests worldwide during the just-concluded Jubilee ...

Pro-life campaign saves 676 unborn babies, leaders say

 
At least 676 mothers were swayed from aborting their babies by volunteers on the 40 Days for Life international campaign and its concurrent bus tour that ended Nov. 6, according to the campaign's preliminary tally. Major campaign sponsor Pro-Life Action Ministries of St. Paul, Minn., estimated 676 lives had been saved, based on reports from volunteers who conducted fasts and held prayer vigils outside 367 abortion facilities in 270 U.S. cities and more than 20 foreign countries. "The numbers are reported by our local leaders and ...

Federal courts issue split decisions for pro-life centers

 
The freedom of pro-life pregnancy centers to determine their message to abortion-minded women has received contrasting verdicts from the federal court system. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco refused Oct. 14 to grant an injunction to block a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere. Ten days earlier, however, a federal judge in Maryland ruled a Baltimore law violates the free-speech rights of the Center ...

Russell Moore: The Gospel vs. 100 years of Planned Parenthood

 
This past weekend Planned Parenthood turned 100. As several politicians and pro-choice supporters publicly celebrated the milestone, many Christians and others committed to defending life and human dignity mourned. While supporters see a century of Planned Parenthood as an era of choice and physical autonomy, many of us see it as an era of death, both of unborn humans and of the consciences of millions of women and men. Many Americans cannot hear the words “Planned Parenthood” without remembering ...

40 Days for Life U.S. tour runs through Nov. 6

 
As Planned Parenthood marks its centennial, pro-life advocates are participating in the international 40 Days for Life campaign billed as the largest such mobilization in U.S. history. A 40 Days for Life United bus tour is a new addition to the 2016 campaign that will include vigils in 367 locations in 270 U.S. cities and more than 20 foreign countries, major campaign sponsor Pro-Life Action Ministries (PLAM) of St. Paul, Minn., said at 40daysforlife.com. The United tour will make stops in more than 125 ...

Pro-lifers grieve Planned Parenthood anniversary

 
Planned Parenthood—America's leading abortion provider—celebrated its 100th anniversary Sunday (Oct. 16) with praise from the current president, as well as the front-runner to be the next president, and protest from pro-life advocates. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America observed its centennial with an event at the City Hall of New York and the launch of #100YearsStrong, a year-long celebration marked by more than 150 community events around the world. Inaugurated when eugenicist Margaret Sanger opened a Brooklyn birth ...

New rule to handcuff states on Planned Parenthood

 
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Sept. 7 a proposed rule that would effectively prevent states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion providers. The proposed rule includes the country's No. 1 abortion chain, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). The federal government provides funds for family planning and preventive health services to states through the Title X program. In recent years, at least 12 states have cut money for Planned Parenthood, sometimes in response to scandals involving the ...

Felony charges against Planned Parenthood investigators dropped

 
All criminal charges have been dismissed against two investigators who posed as procurers of aborted baby body parts in undercover videos of interactions with Planned Parenthood executives. The Harris County District Attorney's office in Houston dropped charges today (July 26) against Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden and his CMP coworker Sandra Merritt, who had sought to show in secretly recorded videos that Planned Parenthood illegally profits from the sale of aborted baby tissue. Daleiden and Merritt had been charged ...

DNC abortion stance provokes
pro-life Democrats

 
Despite the Democratic Party's adoption yesterday (July 25) of a platform calling, for the first time ever, for direct taxpayer funding of abortion, a pro-life group within in the party is laboring at the Democratic National Convention to shift Democrats' stance on sanctity of life issues. In related news, Russell Moore, president of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, wrote in a USA Today op-ed coauthored with a former aide to President Obama, that the Democratic platform's unprecedented pro-choice stance ...

Zika bill stalled over Planned Parenthood funding

 
A bill that would provide emergency funding to combat the Zika virus is stalled in the U.S. Senate in large part because Democrats object to provisions limiting the amount of Zika funding that could be distributed to Planned Parenthood. After bipartisan negotiations on the bill halted last month, Republicans put forward a bill that appropriates $1.1 billion to combat Zika, which is expected to spread in the continental U.S. this summer following a wave of infections in Latin America. ...

Supreme Court strikes down abortion provider regulations

 
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Monday (June 27) a state legislature's effort to hold abortion providers responsible for the protection of women who use their services. In a 5-3 opinion, the high court ruled that portions of a Texas law regulating abortion doctors and clinics constitute an "undue burden" on a woman's right to abort her child and are therefore unconstitutional. The high court's reversal of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans invalidated requirements that an ...

ERLC, Focus on the Family help St. Louis pregnancy center

 
Abortion-minded women in St. Louis have a new opportunity to learn the truth about their unborn children thanks in part to Southern Baptists. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), announced the placement of a sonogram machine with Thrive St. Louis during the denominational entity's presentation at the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. The gift through the ERLC's Psalm 139 Project, in partnership with Focus on the Family, will equip the ministry's new mobile center with ...

Pro-lifers protest requiring churches to cover abortions

 
Pro-life advocates are protesting a new Obama administration decision that permits the state of California to force even churches to cover abortions in their health insurance plans. The criticisms, and calls for Congress to defend conscience protections, came after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced June 21 it had rejected complaints from churches and others that California had violated federal law by requiring their health plans to pay for elective abortions. The Obama administration "is once again making ...

South Carolina joins 13 states banning abortion at 20 weeks

 
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed into law a bill banning most abortions in the state at 20 weeks of pregnancy, joining 13 other states where such limitations currently stand. Haley signed the South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act May 25 after the Legislature sent it to her desk a week earlier. Effective immediately, the law bans abortions after the 19th week, including pregnancies resulting from rape and incest, and allows for exceptions only to save the mother's life or in ...

Zika threat prompts abortion discussion

 
In the United States and Latin America, abortion has entered the discussion of how to combat the Zika virus. With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing in April that Zika infection during pregnancy can cause "microcephaly and other severe brain defects" in unborn babies, some abortion rights advocates, including members of Congress, have suggested broadening access to abortion among Zika-infected women. But Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), ...

After finding healing, Okla. woman directs pregnancy center

 
She left that meeting in 1993 discouraged. Carolyn Anson was told she was not ready to be a volunteer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center (now known as the Hope Pregnancy Center) because she needed healing from her past abortion experience. But, after reading an advertisement in the Baptist Messenger of Oklahoma, Anson would be on her way to not only find healing, but also help other post-abortive women. This eventually led to her new position as the director of Hope Pregnancy ...

FDA update called 'victory for abortion rights advocates'

 
The Food and Drug Administration has updated its guidelines concerning the abortion drug mifepristone, allowing women to take it later in pregnancy and with reduced medical supervision. The New York Times called the update "an unequivocal victory for abortion rights advocates." Previously, women were permitted to take mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486) up to the seventh week of pregnancy, but that has been extended to 10 weeks. Recommended dosage has been lowered from 600 milligrams to 200 milligrams to reflect "standard medical practice," ...