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2008 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

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Bush urges pro-lifers to ‘be strong’

WASHINGTON (BP)--President Bush encouraged pro-life Americans to "take heart" and "be strong" on the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's legalization of abortion.

In election year, pro-life movement at ‘fork in the road’

WASHINGTON (BP)--The pro-life movement continues to make progress, but it faces a crucial juncture 35 years into America's devastating abortion regime.       That is the opinion of two public policy leaders in the campaign to end legalized abortion as another anniversary for Roe v. Wade arrives. Jan. 22 is the 35th observance of a pair of Supreme Court opinions, headlined by Roe, that wiped out all state abortion bans and legalized the procedure nationwide, throughout pregnancy, for virtually any reason.       On the anniversary each year, pro-lifers gather by the tens of thousands in the country's capital to mourn the killing of what is now about 50 million babies and the harm done to millions of women, while praying for and marching for an end to the violence. Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates celebrate the 1973 rulings in comparatively small numbers.       Both sides do so this year knowing a new president will be elected in November, an event that will likely exert a great impact on the Supreme Court.

Poll: Evangelicals say abortion top problem

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Abortion is the overwhelming choice of evangelicals as the nation's top moral problem, according to a new survey by The Barna Group.

Southern Baptists not celebrating Roe anniversary

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Jan. 22 will mark the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic and horrific Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand in America. Southern Baptists won't be celebrating, though.       Instead, they can celebrate the fact that due to hundreds of crisis pregnancy centers across the United States supported by SBC churches, an estimated 3,500 babies were spared from abortion during 2007. Additionally, some 5,000 women accepted Christ because pregnancy center staff members shared the Gospel with them.       Through October 2007 -- the period through which exact statistics were available -- almost 94,000 clients had received counseling and free services from the centers; center staff had shared the Gospel with 28,000 girls and women; and almost 2,700 Southern Baptist volunteers were trained to present the Gospel to center clients.       One life-saving example is in Florida, where more than 700 infants are alive today because of the work in 2007 at First Life Center for Pregnancy, an outreach of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla.

Story shows that sonograms stop abortions

[URL=http://bpnews.net/mediaplayer.asp?id=19][/URL] DENVER (BP)--A Colorado ministry to women in crisis pregnancies recently received a big boost toward its efforts to save human lives -- a new sonogram machine.       The SBC's Psalm 139 Project -- an effort of the convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to educate Southern Baptists on the value of ultrasound technology in crisis pregnancy situations -- selected Riverside Pregnancy Center to receive the equipment.

Could you pass? Site tests Roe knowledge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--When it comes to Roe v. Wade, Americans are, at best, inconsistent, and at worst, confused.

Abortion facility now a Baptist office

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP)–What a difference two years — and the Hand of God — can make. In October 2005, the building at 1837 East Cherry Street in Springfield, Mo., was home to the Springfield Healthcare Center, one of four abortion providers in Missouri. Fast forward to December 2007, and 1837 East Cherry Street –- once […]

Pregnancy counselor’s goal is to save lives

LEESBURG, Fla. (BP)–Wanda Kohn, director of the Pregnancy Care Center at First Baptist Church in Leesburg, Fla., said she is in the people business. She is enthusiastically pro-life on behalf of unborn babies whose futures are in danger and on behalf of their mothers who don’t know the love and forgiveness Jesus offers. “One purpose […]

FIRST-PERSON: I was the product of a rape

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Sandra was a 17-year-old girl who was with her mom and dad on a fall vacation visiting family friends. The friends they were visiting had an 18-year-old son. One evening both families decided to go down and look at the beautiful pond, but the son asked Sandra to stay back at the […]

EDITORIAL: Pennies from heaven

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“Just keep them. They’re not worth much anyway.” It’s a common exchange I see when I stop at the gas station for a soda, or when I stand in line at a restaurant to pay the bill. People simply just don’t value the penny anymore. Some give them away. A few even throw […]