The Oklahoma Senate passed a bill Thursday 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 Tulsa World reported that Senate Bill 1552 authored by state Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and passed by a vote of 33-12 with no debate, would be the most protective legislation for unborn life in the nation, if it is enacted. It provides an exemption to save the life of a mother.
The United Methodist Church voted to sever ties with an interfaith abortion advocacy group, ending an affiliation that has existed for more than four decades.
Delegates at the UMC's General Conference passed a proposal Thursday ending the Mainline Protestant denomination's ties to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
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 might 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 >>
The South Carolina legislature approved a bill Tuesday banning most late-term abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk in a medical emergency.
According to The State, lawmakers in the South Carolina House voted 79-29 in favor of the bill, making South Carolina the 17th state to approve a ban on late-term abortion. After it is ratified, Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to sign the bill into law.
"I can't imagine any scenario in which I wouldn't sign it," Haley told The State in March, noting that she wanted to see the details of the bill before signing it into law. more >>
The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns in the midst of a lawsuit against Obamacare's birth control mandate, are encouraged and optimistic following the United States Supreme Court's decision to vacate lower court rulings.
The high court unanimously decided on Monday to send the case brought by Little Sisters and 36 other religious non-profits (Zubik v. Burwell) against the Department of Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act mandate back to appeals courts, and also vacated an appeals court judgement that ruled that the Little Sisters had to allow the federal government to provide its employees birth control and abortifacients through the organization's health plan.
As the Supreme Court called on the courts and administration to "arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners' religious exercise," Little Sisters of the Poor's U.S. director of communications Sister Constance Veit told The Christian Post Tuesday that the court's decision affirms the fact that God has always been there to protect the sisters, no matter what sociopolitical conditions faced them. more >>
Phil Robertson, the 70-year-old patriarch of A&E's "Duck Dynasty," argues that removing male and female distinctions in the transgender bathroom debate in America creates a "sexual free-for-all," where depravity is "going mainstream."
"There's been a lot of decrees in the past five years that I don't agree with, and that's just one of them. I don't know what percent of Americans are confused about whether they are male or female, but I'm a Bible man with common sense, and logic tells me you're either a boy or a girl, absent a few medical aberrations," Robertson told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview.
He was speaking about President Obama's decree last week to public schools, which demands that administrators allow students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, not their birth sex. more >>