Secular Pro-Life has launched a campaign this week to reach out to atheists and agnostics who are against abortion.
"Every week, we get an email from someone to the effect of 'I thought I was the only pro-life atheist!'" said Kelsey Hazzard, the president of Secular Pro-Life said on the organization's blog. "It gets lonely out there. Non-religious pro-lifers are not often acknowledged in the mainstream media. This creates a vicious cycle; people think they're alone, which makes them less likely to speak out for life, which makes others more likely to think they're alone."
John Elefante, former lead singer of the band "Kansas," teamed up with pro-life group Online for Life to release a music video of his song "This Time," which details the story of his adopted daughter's near abortion.
"I did not set out to write a pro-life, anti-abortion song, I simply wanted to tell the story of how my daughter came into the world," Elefante told The Christian Post on Wednesday. The artist, who has produced 100 records, released 5 solo albums, and written 300 songs, said he'd never before touched on a theme this controversial.
Nevertheless, Elephante said God inspired him to write the song. "The lyrics just kept falling out of me," and the Lord helped him "come forth with this lyric that worked perfectly in a song." The song shows the struggle of a young girl – thirteen years of age – about whether or not she should have an abortion. more >>
Michigan's House committee debated two bills this week that would allow faith-based adoption agencies that receive state funds to refuse to place a child in a home based on moral or religious beliefs. Proponents of the bill argue that it protects the religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies, while opponents argue it serves as state-sanctioned religious discrimination.
In addition to allowing faith-based adoption agencies to refuse a home due to its faith or moral standards, the bills, entitled House Bill 4927 and 4928, also prohibit the state from refusing funds to these faith-based agencies if they deny a home based on religious grounds. According to multiple local media outlets, very little agreement was reached at Wednesday's House committee debate regarding the bills.
Committee chairman Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-Coldwater), the lead sponsor of House Bill 4927, spoke alongside Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Township), the sponsor of Bill 4928, at the hearing in support of the bills. The two sponsors argued that the bills put into statute what the state's Department of Human Services already informally practices. According to Michigan Live, a Department of Human Services representative said at the hearing that her department does not usually refer a family to an adoption agency that may raise religious objections. more >>
"Imagine in a thousand years someone doing IVF with a long-frozen embryo just to see what a 21st century – or, in this case, 20th century – human being was like. Just keeping them frozen – kicking the can down the road a little farther – seems wrong to me. . . . If you keep putting it off by keeping the embryos in liquid nitrogen limbo, who knows how they may eventually be used?" Hank Greely, Director of Stanford University's Center for Law and the Biosciences.
A heartwarming report was recently published by the San Jose Mercury News telling the story of a family whose year's long dream of parenthood was finally realized when a couple they'd never met donated their 19-year-old frozen embryo to them for adoption:
"Baby Liam Burke is just learning to crawl. But he was conceived when Bill Clinton was president, the World Trade Center stood tall and home computers had the newfound ability to dial into something called the World Wide Web. Suspended 19 years in deep freeze, Liam is the beloved new son of Kelly Burke – and one of the oldest embryos ever thawed and restored to life." more >>
An Asian American Christian couple has been accused of killing their eight-year-old adopted African daughter by authorities in Qatar, who allegedly questioned why the couple chose to adopt children who were not "good-looking" or shared their "hereditary traits."
The California Innocence Project, which is assisting The David House Agency in representing the couple, Matthew and Grace Huang from Los Angeles, who have been charged with murder and human trafficking, says the couple was wrongfully imprisoned. If convicted they will face the death penalty.
The Eric Snowden affair has unwittingly impacted around 300 Russian orphans who still hope to be united with American parents. President Barack Obama's decision this week to cancel a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin due to Russia's granting of asyslum to Snowden has further harmed attempts to complete adoption of the Russian orphans who were in the process of being adopted when the adoption ban was put in place.
The Russian ban on Americans adopting Russian children was never about the well-being of orphans. Rather, it was done as a political retaliation for passage of the Magnitsky Act. The Act, signed into law by Obama in December, places travel restrictions on Russians suspected of human rights violations. It is named after Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered corruption in the Russian government and died in a Russian prison. Some reports says he was beaten to death.
"Russia used the adoption ban to give America a diplomatic poke in the eye, at the expense of children who need families," Jedd Medefind, president of Christian Alliance for Orphans, explained to The Christian Post. more >>