While some pro-life groups have praised Melinda Gates' announcement earlier in June that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation does not fund abortion, others have argued that the charitable organization still supports abortifacients in certain projects.
"Abortion is a procedure that not only compromises both the dignity and the development of the unborn but also raises a host of problems for women," Leah Bromberg, communications director for World Youth Alliance, told Catholic News Agency on Tuesday.
Bromberg agreed with Gates that including abortion in human development plans "slows progress for tens of millions of women," and said that the practice is a "selective procedure that should not be conflated with women's reproductive health. She said that her group "applaud[s] Melinda Gates' decision to separate the two terms through her Foundation's decision." more >>
Poland's prime minister spoke out Tuesday regarding a nationwide abortion debate after a Catholic doctor refused to perform the life-ending procedure on a patient, even though the fetus had severe abnormalities.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in a statement Tuesday that the well-known Warsaw obstetrician Bogdan Chazan must choose the law over his faith after the doctor refused to perform an abortion on a fetus who reportedly had severe physical and brain abnormalities.
"Regardless of what his conscience is telling him, [a doctor] must carry out the law," Tusk said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "Every patient must be sure that […] the doctor will perform all procedures in accordance with the law and in accordance with his duties." more >>
A photograph of Jessa Duggar has caused quite a reaction among fans of "19 Kids & Counting" and those who follow Jessa and beau Ben Seewald on social media. Seewald recently posted a photograph of Duggar holding an automatic rifle, along with the caption, "My AWESOME girlfriend. #DontmesswithJessa."
The picture is unusual in that fans have not seen the Duggar family with weapons before. And it's clear that Duggar, and Seewald, are in a firearms store, given the picture's background. The Duggar family is very conservative and some question whether the picture fits in with their religious beliefs.
"Wow, would Jesus carry that weapon?" Joe Schrank asked in the comments section. more >>
A major Christian legal group has offered to distribute free Bibles to Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. after the abortion provider recently published a "pastoral letter" on its website, claiming that the Bible does not address abortion.
Casey Mattox, senior council for the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, recently issued an open letter to Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, regarding a "pastoral letter" recently published on the abortion provider's website. The letter, written by Planned Parenthood's clergy advocacy board, claims that neither the Christian nor the Jewish Scriptures reference abortion.
"Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion. The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures – Jewish or Christian – and there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision," the pastoral letter states. more >>
Philanthropist Melinda Gates revealed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the most charitable private foundations in the world, does not fund abortion.
"I understand why there is so much emotion, but conflating these issues will slow down progress for tens of millions of women. That is why when I get asked about my views on abortion, I say that, like everyone, I struggle with the issue, but I've decided not to engage on it publicly – and the Gates Foundation has decided not to fund abortion," Gates wrote earlier this week, reflecting on a recent overseas trip.
Gates, who has worked on projects helping girls and women receive access to the health care they need, noted that during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Toronto, journalists heavily focused on Canada's abortion policy, which is one of the few in the world that places virtually no limits on the practice. more >>
President Barack Obama's legacy should be that he "morally and economically destroyed a wonderful experiment called America," said megachurch Pastor James Garlow of Skyline Church in San Diego, Calif., who blasted the president for his pro-abortion and pro-same-sex marriage views.
"I can tell you what it ought to be. But whether historians will do what they have done with some other things and be revisionistic, I don't know," Garlow said in an interview with The Daily Caller.
Garlow, who leads a 2,500-member congregation, called Obama the "abortion president" and said that even though people point out that he has a model marriage and is a wonderful father, his opposition to traditional marriage has been a "catastrophic blow to America." more >>