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Study: Religious hostility escalates worldwide

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Practicing a religious belief in nearly one-third of the world's countries is increasingly difficult due to government restrictions and public hostilities, according to new data from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Coalition urges hearings on porn’s harm

[QUOTE@right@200=The Justice Department "has stopped all enforcement of these laws at a time when our nation is suffering an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography." – War on Illegal Pornography coalition]WASHINGTON (BP) -- A coalition that includes a Southern Baptist ethicist has written to Congress urging hearings on the harm of pornography and the need to enforce obscenity laws.

Abortion transport bill moves forward in House

WASHINGTON (BP) — A bill that would criminalize transporting a minor across state lines in certain situations with the intent of obtaining an abortion has advanced in the House of Representatives. With a 20-13 party-line vote, the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee passed March 27 the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA). Now CIANA will move from […]

Teen-abortion bill would give parents a say

WASHINGTON (BP) — Members of Congress again are seeking to restrict interstate transportation for minors’ abortions after years of failures to enact the legislation. The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), H.R. 2299 in this Congress, was first introduced in 1998 but has never reached the president’s desk for signature. A House of Representatives subcommittee […]

Gay issues threaten domestic violence act

WASHINGTON (BP) — Enacted into law as landmark legislation, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 has received bipartisan support every time it has needed reauthorization, but not this year. A 10-8 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee produced division along party lines over the act — known as VAWA — and its protection of […]

Study: Children of divorce suffer ‘injustice’

WASHINGTON (BP) — Millions of children each year experience their parents’ divorce, and the impact on their lives can be far-reaching, even though it may be difficult to observe, according to a new report. “Have you seen the effects of divorce on their life? Probably not. It’s only when you get to the macro level […]

House panel OKs ban on sex-based abortions

WASHINGTON (BP) -- A U.S. House of Representatives committee has approved a bill prohibiting abortions based on a child's sex or race.