A bill that calls for a permanent ban on federal funding of abortions is making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.
H.R. 7, which if enacted would amend Title 1 of the United States Code, was given a hearing Thursday held by Arizona Republican Representative Trent Franks.
"No funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for any abortion," reads H.R. 7 in part. more >>
A Florida man who has pleaded guilty to tricking his girlfriend into taking an abortion pill, which allegedly led to a miscarriage, is awaiting sentencing as his lawyers are trying to prove that a single dosage could not have been enough to cause the death of the unborn baby.
Defense expert Rebecca Allen, arguing on behalf of 29-year-old John Welden, who faces 13 years and eight months in prison if found responsible for the unborn baby's death, has said in an affidavit that it is "impossible that one 200-microgram tablet of Misoprostol caused serious bodily harm to (Lee). At most, one 200-microgram tablet may cause slight nausea, diarrhea, transient fever/chills, or minor abdominal discomfort."
"It would be impossible with regard to causation, for any medical professional to definitely conclude that one 200-microgram tablet was the actual cause of any harm whatsoever," Allen added, according to The Tampa Tribune. more >>
As provisions of Texas' restrictive abortion law were reviewed by a federal appeals court this week, one judge has questioned if the new law really does pose an undue burden to women seeking the life-ending procedure in the state.
This week, three judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reviewed a 2013 anti-abortion law passed in Texas that, among other provisions, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice and also restricts the administering of abortion-inducing drugs.
Those in support of the new restrictions argue it protects the health of the mother and reflects the pro-life culture of Texas, while those who oppose the new law argue it has led to the closing of dozens of abortion clinics in the state that do not meet the new stricter regulations and forces women to take desperate measures to end their pregnancy. In October, a district judge ruled the new law unconstitutionally burdens a woman's access to abortion, but the state was allowed to continue enforcing the law while it appeals the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court. more >>
Israel's cabinet approved on Sunday new health policies that are set to offer women aged 20-33 free abortions. But the president of a Messianic Jewish group with offices in the Mid-East country has called it a sign that preaching the Gospel in Israel is greatly needed.
Dr. Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries, told The Christian Post in an email on Wednesday that "these new policies provide one more sign pointing to the importance of proclaiming the Gospel to Israelis and to help the secular majority within Israel appreciate more traditional Jewish values on sex, life and marriage and to turn to the Scriptures for guidance."
According to The Times of Israel, the new policies add to already liberal laws on abortion in Israel, where women can receive subsidies to end their pregnancy if they face medical emergencies or are the victims of rape or abuse. Women can also apply for abortion for a variety of other reasons, including emotional and mental, and although they need to appear before a three-member committee to examine their abortion requests, 98 percent of such requests are approved. more >>
Birth control is a touchy subject that Evangelicals find extremely difficult to discuss. But as the President's health care mandate officially launches and its oppressive contraception enforcements are questioned, some Evangelicals are reconsidering their embrace of oral contraception, or what is commonly referred to as the Pill.
Evangelical leaders like Dr. Albert Mohler who question the morality of contraception are garnering criticism from the Religious Left. Hurling accusations of sexism and selfishness, Georgetown student and Jim Wallis' teacher's assistant, Jacob Lupfer, penned The Washington Post op-ed The Evangelical Unease Over Contraception. His article claims that Evangelical leaders are denouncing contraception for purely biased theological and political ends. The problem with his argument is that it leaves Evangelical women with a disingenuous, if not intentionally deceptive, portrayal of the Pill's moral, social, and physical costs.
To start, Lupfer does exactly what he criticizes his white male "fundamentalist" counterparts of doing. He, a white man, gallops to the forefront of a woman's issue without regard for the overall welfare of women. Lupfer rebuts his conservative counterparts by writing, "contraception has had profound consequences. But safe, effective contraception has given thoughtful, faithful people the liberty and autonomy to ensure that their children are welcome, wanted and able to be cared for." more >>
An anti-abortion message meant to resound with Sherwood, Ore., residents has been placed in a field overlooking a busy commercial strip in the form of 430 white, wooden crosses with a banner that reads, "54 million people were not given the opportunity to choose their own path."
The crosses were installed by the Knights of Columbus council in affiliation with a local Catholic church and were purposely erected to coincide with the 41st anniversary of the landmark case Roe v. Wade, and to echo statistics that indicate the millions of abortions performed during the last four decades.