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ERLC, others promote way for Afghans to gain permanent status

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined other evangelical Christian organizations on the occasion of the first anniversary of Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban in calling on Congress to enable Afghans evacuated to the United States to seek permanent residency.

Churches’ freedom affirmed again by federal court

CHICAGO (BP) – The freedom of churches and other religious organizations to make employment decisions based on their beliefs has again gained support in the federal court system.

Pregnancy centers continue to serve despite attacks

NASHVILLE (BP)—Ongoing attacks on pregnancy resource centers and other pro-life organizations have presented security challenges, but they have not thwarted continuing, faith-based efforts to minister to women in need.

Kansas abortion amendment’s defeat prompts disappointment, resolve

NASHVILLE (BP)—A Southern Baptist ethics leader and other pro-life advocates expressed disappointment but resolve in response to the rejection by Kansas voters of an amendment to affirm the state constitution does not protect the right to abortion.

New HHS rule would violate conscience rights, foes say

WASHINGTON (BP) – A newly proposed rule by the Biden administration would violate the freedom of conscience of health-care providers by requiring participation in gender-transition procedures and abortions, a Southern Baptist ethicist and other opponents say.

ERLC urges Senate to defeat same-sex marriage proposal

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity called Tuesday (July 26) for the U.S. Senate to oppose legislation that threatens to gain enough Republican support to codify same-sex marriage into law.

House OKs contraception bill despite religious liberty, abortion concerns

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday (July 21) to protect contraceptive rights that opponents say will actually violate religious freedom and promote abortion.

House passes same-sex marriage bill with GOP help

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted July 19 to codify same-sex marriage into law with the help of one-fifth of its Republican members and to the chagrin of Southern Baptist leaders.

VP Harris compares pro-life laws to slavery

WASHINGTON (BP) – Vice President Kamala Harris made an apparent comparison between legislative efforts to protect preborn children and chattel slavery in America during a speech Monday (July 18).

House passes abortion bills in defiance of court, states

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed two far-reaching abortion rights bills Friday (July 15) that seek to repudiate a watershed ruling by the Supreme Court and defy pro-life protections enacted by the states.