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Moore, others urge FDA to remove abortion pill from U.S. market

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and more than 20 other pro-life leaders have called for the federal government to withdraw an abortion drug from the market because of its threat to women as well as unborn children.

Pastors sign letter urging Democrats to adopt pro-life stance

More than 100 Christian leaders signed a letter sent July 24 to the Democratic National Committee calling for the organization to shed "abortion extremism" and embrace pro-life policies. The group urged the political party's platform committee to "recognize the inviolable human dignity of the child," citing theological, scientific and political reasons.

Pro-lifers: More needed to disavow Sanger’s eugenics legacy

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates, including a Southern Baptist, welcomed a Planned Parenthood affiliate's repudiation of founder Margaret Sanger's eugenics advocacy but said the country's No. 1 abortion provider must do more to overcome her legacy.

Prestonwood Pregnancy Center opens across the street from Planned Parenthood

DALLAS (BP) -- The goal of Prestonwood Pregnancy Center is to be available to as many people as possible, letting them know the options they have when encountering an unplanned pregnancy, according to director Leanne Jamieson. To better accomplish that goal, Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, launched by Prestonwood Baptist Church in 1991, has opened its second location directly across from the largest Planned Parenthood abortion center in Dallas.

Tennessee enacts strong pro-life law; court battle begins

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee enacted a law Monday (July 13) that provides some of the country's strongest protections for unborn children, but it remained in effect less than an hour -- at least for now. Gov. Bill Lee signed legislation that prohibits an abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks. The measure also bans an abortion when the doctor knows the request for the procedure is driven by the race, sex or health/disability diagnosis of a child.

Texas hospital ends man’s COVID-19 treatment due to his disability

AUSTIN, Texas(RNS) -- Michael Hickson, a man paralyzed three years ago after suffering a cardiac arrest, died June 11 after St. David's South Austin Medical Center in Texas ended his treatment for COVID-19 due to his disability. Hickson, 46, a Black father of five, was admitted to St. David's on June 2 after reportedly contracting coronavirus from a staff member at his nursing home. After he spent several days in St. David's intensive care unit, the hospital determined that Hickson, who has quadriplegia, would not benefit from further treatment, and he was moved to hospice with the assent of his legal guardian, a local nonprofit called Family Eldercare.

Court disappoints pro-lifers with abortion ruling

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life leaders expressed deep disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal Monday (June 29) to uphold a Louisiana law designed to protect the lives and health of women by requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors who perform abortions. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled the law -- which mandated a physician must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a facility where he or she performs an abortion -- violated the U.S. Constitution by imposing an "undue burden" on a woman's right to the procedure. The justices found the Louisiana measure was nearly identical to a Texas admitting privileges law they struck down in 2016.

Tennessee lawmakers pass pro-life bill in session’s final hours

NASHVILLE (BP) -- On the last day of the Tennessee General Assembly legislative session, a sweeping pro-life bill went from near extinction to becoming law. House Bill 2263 was passed late Thursday night June 18 and the companion Senate Bill 2196 was passed just after midnight Friday morning. The votes in both chambers were by landslide margins and Gov. Bill Lee has promised to sign it once it arrives on his desk. The bill closely resembles pro-life legislation Lee proposed in January, legislation many thought had been derailed in this session by the COVID-19 pandemic. A late surge to close out the legislative session brought the bill from a figurative scrap heap to passage before legislators were scheduled to adjourn for the year.

Crisis pregnancy clinic helps more clients during pandemic

DALLAS (BP) -- For many medical clinics and ministries, the weeks of social distancing brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in drastic reductions in the number of people helped. But the workers at Human Coalition, a multi-site crisis pregnancy ministry with facilities around the country, found themselves serving even more clients through their virtual clinic.

Religious liberty lawsuit challenges Illinois abortion insurance mandate

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- The Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA) is challenging a 2019 state law requiring employee health insurance plans to cover abortions, saying the mandate violates freedom of religion and conscience. The IBSA is among three plaintiffs in a lawsuit the nonprofit Thomas More Society filed Wednesday (June 10) in Sangamon County Circuit Court challenging the Illinois Reproductive Health Act's abortion coverage mandate.