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ERLC president search team continues work

NASHVILLE (BP) – The group tasked with recommending the next president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is currently working through the process with an active candidate, its chairman told Baptist Press July 26. Todd Howard, pastor of Watson Chapel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark., said the search team will present its report at the ERLC trustee board's annual meeting in September.

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.

EXPLAINER: Why doctors are morally, professionally culpable in abortion

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) – Steve Hammond was a 28-year-old OB/GYN resident who started performing abortions to earn some extra money and because, it turned out, he was especially good at it. According to his own reckoning he performed more than 700 abortions.

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.

ERLC welcomes ruling against federal transgender rules

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity welcomed a federal court’s July 15 decision that blocks enforcement of federal guidelines that require schools to permit students to use the restrooms and locker rooms, as well as to compete on sports teams, of their gender identity instead of their biological sex.

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.

EXPLAINER: How do Americans view the issue of abortion, really?

NASHVILLE (BP) – In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – a ruling that overturned the court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade and 1992 decision in Casey v. Planned Parenthood – there has, rightly, been a chorus of rejoicing among pro-life advocates.

ERLC head: State conventions can be ‘pivotal’ in pro-life policies

NASHVILLE (BP)—The work of Southern Baptist state conventions can be vital in the adoption of pro-life laws after the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the acting head of the SBC’s ethics entity said Wednesday (July 13) in a BP Live webcast.

ERLC again opposes Biden’s action to protect abortion

WASHINGTON (BP) – President Biden took further action Friday in his administration’s ongoing effort to offset the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision, and Southern Baptist and other pro-life advocates again declared their opposition.