In an interview with Focus on the Family's Jim Daly, to be aired Monday but CP obtained an early copy of the audio recording, likely Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the United States is the best hope the world has for religious freedom, which is a "non-negotiable point" for him. He also speaks against the killing of unborn children and assisted suicides.
"I don't think being judgmental and kind of coming down from the podium and telling them how it's gonna be is the proper approach," the former Florida governor says, of how he dealt with the issue of unborn children and assisted suicide when he was in office.
"You need to be respectful of the fact that in a diverse society people have different views about this," he adds in the interview. "But I don't think you pull back from your deeply held views. You need to persuade people that protecting an innocent child is a definition of who we are in the broadest possible sense." more >>
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed a bill Tuesday banning an abortion procedure in the state popularly called dismemberment abortions which is used to terminate pregnancies up to 24 weeks old by ripping the fetus from the mother's womb in pieces.
Kansas becomes the first state to ban the procedure referred to in the medical community as the dilation and evacuation procedure.
In the process, explains Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life, "forceps with sharp metal jaws are used to grasp parts of the developing baby, which are then twisted and torn away. This continues until the child's entire body is removed from the womb. Because the baby's skull has often hardened to bone by this time, the skull must sometimes be compressed or crushed to facilitate removal." more >>
I knew when I opened the acceptance letter from Houston Baptist University that I was being offered a chance to live my dream. I chose to apply to HBU because I am excited about my faith. I wanted to attend a school that would help me establish a strong foundation of faith as I prepare to go out into the world to serve. I wanted the faith-based training that would prepare me to stand up for my beliefs in a world that doesn't share them.
I also knew that every dream worth living comes with certain costs, like working hard and making sacrifices. But I had no idea that the greatest threat to my educational dream would come from the federal government. In 2011, when the government required HBU to pay for the morning-after pill and the week-after pill in its insurance coverage, my school was put to a choice: its faith or its mission.
Baptists believe that life begins at conception, so for the government to ask us to pay for anything that could end a pregnancy is asking us to violate our faith. HBU's mission is to "provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, 'Jesus Christ is Lord.'" The cost of not complying with the law is devastating fines that will fall directly on my education and cripple HBU's mission. more >>
In a thrilling match that captured the nation's attention last weekend, the Kentucky–Notre Dame Men's NCAA Basketball tournament was a closely contested March Madness match that saw Kentucky end Notre Dame's quest for the 2015 NCAA Championship. The Kentucky Wildcats narrowly edged out Notre Dame's Fighting Irish with a 68-66 win.
While Kentucky heads to the Final Four with an incredible record of 38-0, there's still good news to report from Notre Dame's top-notch athletics department.
Yesterday, three members of Notre Dame's Women's basketball team made headlines for earning All-American Honors. Junior guard Jewell Loyd unanimously received first team All-American accolades from three outlets including the Associated Press, while two other players received honorable mentions. This makes it the fifth consecutive year Notre Dame's Women's basketball players have earned this national recognition. more >>
For $400, a trendy new clinic in Maryland is promising to make abortion a "spa-Like" experience which it has declared "is bold, unapologetic, supportive, professional and current."
Operating under the name Carafem, the clinic located in Friendship Heights, Maryland, has ditched medical jargon for language that inspires a more positive image of ending life up to 10 weeks old in the womb.
"Carafem (sic) wants to make sure that you feel comfortable. To do that (abortion), we want to remove any of that sterile, medical jargon. Carafem has centers, rather than clinics. When you come to us, you will be clients, rather than patients. The abortion care you receive will be a process, rather than a procedure. Instead of a doctor, you'll meet with a clinician. You will hear about comprehensive birth control options, rather than contraception," the clinic explains in a blog post on its website. more >>
Abortion rights activists are outraged after a 33-year-old married Indiana woman who got pregnant as a result of an affair with her co-worker was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday on charges of feticide — the act of causing the death of a pre-born baby — and the neglect of a dependent.
The woman, Purvi Patel, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the neglect charge, but 10 of those were suspended, according to WNCN. Patel, who also became the first woman in the U.S. to be charged, convicted and sentenced for feticide, will serve an additional six years in prison for that crime. Both sentences are expected to be served concurrently.
"What this conviction means is that anti-abortion laws will be used to punish pregnant women," Lynn Paltrow, executive director for the so-called National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an abortion advocacy organization, told WNCN. more >>