The United States House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday evening to protect religious health care providers and medical professionals from being penalized by government agencies for refusing to be involved in or provide coverage for abortions.
With a 245 to 182 vote, the lower house passed the Conscience Protection Act introduced by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., which seeks to protect not only health care providers but social services providers, health care training professionals and health insurers from the coercion of the federal government and state and local government agencies that receive federal funds for health-related activities.
Specifically, the bill states that government agencies that receive federal funds may not "penalize, retaliate against, or otherwise discriminate against a health care provider" who doesn't "perform, refer for, pay for, or otherwise participate in abortion." Also, the agencies can't retaliate if those institutions or professionals don't "provide or sponsor abortion coverage" or "facilitate or make arrangements" for one to receive an abortion or abortion coverage. more >>
A significant body of polling data dating back to the 1970s finds that young adults are less likely than their older counterparts to identify as "pro-life." The mainstream media often gives these surveys plenty of attention. They often like to portray the pro-life position as unpopular among the young and argue that the pro-life position is poised to lose ground in the future.
However, last week Students for Life of America (SFLA) released a series of surveys conducted by the Barna Group which show that young adults are actually more opposed to abortion than many realize.
It found that 53 percent of Millennials (individuals between 18 and 31) think that abortion should be either illegal or legal only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. This is a nine-point gain from a similar survey SFLA commissioned four years ago. Their SFLA survey also indicates that only 47 percent of Millennials think that Planned Parenthood should receive taxpayer funding. more >>
Theresa May has been confirmed as the U.K.'s next prime minister after her only rival, fellow Conservative Andrea Leadsom, announced Monday that she was withdrawing from the race.
David Cameron announced shortly after that he would tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday, making good on his promise to allow another leader to step in and take on the challenge of separating from the European Union, following June's referendum.
May will be the first female prime minister since Margaret Thatcher. The home secretary has mostly chosen to keep her personal life private, but here are five facts about the nation's second female prime minister-in-waiting: more >>
Donald Trump is seriously considering Michael Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and pro-abortion rights registered Democrat, as his running mate, according to reports.
Flynn says women should "have to make the decision" about abortion.
In his search for a running mate, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is serious about Flynn, the former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, as his potential vice presidential pick, which could help him project strength and know-how on national security, four sources familiar with the vetting process told The Washington Post. more >>
Pro-life activist David Daleiden, the man behind last year's controversial undercover Planned Parenthood videos, appeared in a San Francisco federal court Wednesday to argue for a motion to throw out Planned Parenthood's lawsuit against him and the organization he founded.
In January, the nation's largest abortion provider filed a federal lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress and its founder, Daleiden, claiming that their series of undercover sting videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials' willingness to break federal and state laws regulating fetal body part procurement and reimbursement was a fraudulent attempt to smear the company.
In response, Daleiden's legal team filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the Planned Parenthood lawsuit was nothing more than a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) lawsuit that attempts to silence free speech. more >>
The daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, says that even though the United States is facing God's judgement, the country has not yet passed the "point of no return" and can still turn back to God in hopes of being spared the full wrath of His judgement.
The 68-year-old Lotz, who is the founder of AnGeL Ministries and author of the new book The Daniel Prayer: Prayer That Moves Heaven and Changes Nations, was a guest on the nationally syndicated radio talk show "Point of View" with Kerby Anderson last Thursday to discuss her book and the judgement that America is facing.
As Lotz has argued in the past that America is in the "last stage of this downward spiral into the abyss of God's judgement," she agreed with Anderson when he suggested that there seems to be more of a concentrated effort to rally people in prayer and asked if America seems to be "praying more as a nation." more >>