WASHINGTON — The poor, the dying and the orphaned are hurt the most when governments infringe upon the religious liberties of churches and other faith-based institutions, Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson and other religious freedom experts explained Monday night.
In a panel discussion organized by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Anderson, an author and Heritage Foundation senior research fellow, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner and Washington University law professor John Inazu discussed the ways in which religious freedom promotes human flourishing.
During the panel, the participants were asked to explain the societal harms that arise when governments try to impose ideological standards and restrict religious liberty to simply freedom of worship. more >>
A lawyer representing indicted pro-life activist David Daleiden says a Planned Parenthood lawyer accused of colluding with prosecutors to secure the indictment has admitted that a Houston-area district attorney's office shared "confidential" documents with him about the case.
As previously reported, a Harris County grand jury was responsible for investigating the illegal aborted baby compensation practices of Planned Parenthood after a Center for Medical Progress undercover video last year purported to show officials from a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic violating state and federal laws regulating the procurement and sale of aborted fetal tissue.
Without voting to indict Planned Parenthood officials with criminal charges, the grand jury instead issued felony indictments for Center for Medical Progress co-founder David Daleiden and his associate Sandra Merritt on the grounds that they used counterfeit drivers licenses to access the Planned Parenthood clinic and its employees. more >>
Pro-life advocates are warning that Senate Republicans have included a provision in the critically important National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could enable millions of dollars designated to fight sex trafficking to be used to promote or fund abortion.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., introduced legislation last year called the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act (EMSI), which essentially would create a congressionally chartered non-profit, public-private entity that would receive funding from the United States government, foreign governments and businesses to give to organizations to help end human trafficking around the world.
Although such an intergovernmental private-public partnership may seem like a no-brainer, pro-life organizations are opposing the legislation because it does not include basic pro-life protections to guarantee that money will not be used to fund or promote abortion. more >>
After Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would make it a felony to perform abortions in the state and revoke the medical licenses of physicians found guilty of the act, the bill's author, State Sen. Nathan Dahm, said he is deciding whether he should seek to override the veto.
"I have not made a decision," Sen. Dahm, a Republican who represents Tulsa County, said after Fallin, also a Republican, vetoed the bill Friday, according to The Associated Press. "That's what we're pursuing, what we'd like to see accomplished."
"The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered 'necessary to preserve the life of the mother,'" Fallin said in a statement, explaining her decision. more >>
One current Supreme Court case stands at the center of the abortion debate in America — Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a legal challenge brought by Texas abortion providers claiming state safety regulations of abortion centers are "unconstitutional."
State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, who authored the Texas pro-life law under scrutiny, has seen conflict erupt nationally over what she calls "common sense medical safety standards." On May 16, Laubenberg briefed the national prayer coalition Texas Loves Life via conference call.
"The coalition Texas Loves Life exists solely to pray for the Supreme Court, believing for life to be upheld as the court considers this important Texas pro-life law," says Matt Lockett of Bound4LIFE International. "We are thrilled to have Representative Laubenberg share her considerable expertise with people of faith who stand on the power of prayer." more >>
Actress Patricia Heaton's post with a pro-life message went viral on social media, but Facebook editors characterized it as "anti-abortion." This comes the day after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with conservatives where he denied having a political bias.
Last week, Heaton, star of ABC's "The Middle" and formerly of "Everybody Loves Raymond," shared her support of a Washington, D.C. pregnancy resource center's work on Twitter: "Choose, celebrate, support Life! Thanks Northwest Center!"
The post, which didn't use the word "abortion" even once and was apolitical, became the top trending story on Facebook. But Facebook editors featured the post with these words: "Patricia Heaton: Actress Shares Anti-Abortion Message, Says 'Support Life.'" more >>