An appeals court has upheld a controversial pro-life law of Texas that has been credited with closing down several abortion clinics since it was enacted.
A three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Tuesday that Texas' House Bill 2, a law that holds abortion clinics to the same standards as hospitals, was constitutional.
In their opinion, the Fifth Circuit panel drew upon the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which while establishing abortion as a right also noted that states could restrict access if given a compelling interest. more >>
Update: Update: Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards issued a statement on Wednesday saying he dropped a malice murder charge against Kenlissia Jones, although she still reportedly faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous drug.
"Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts related to the end of her pregnancy," the prosecutor's statement said.
The family of an East Albany, Georgia, woman charged with murder for allegedly taking an abortion pill which resulted in the premature birth and subsequent death of her son on Saturday are now calling for prayers as they grieve the boy they never even knew existed. more >>
A congregation in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi is being threatened by Muslim criminals who want to seize the church's land. The menacing group is trying to intimidate the Christian community by saying that they'll accuse them of the highly punishable offense of blasphemy if they don't vacate their church property and stop worshiping there.
Members of the Jerusalem Church, a Pentecostal, 300-family congregation in Karachi, have informed International Christian Concern that they've been receiving deadly threats from a group of armed Muslim miscreants, who are known for seizing property from the poor and various targeted killings.
Church members said they were approached in May by the group and were told to leave the church and never return. However, the interaction in May was not the only time that church members were confronted by the group, according to one of the church's pastors, Ilyas Masih. more >>
California's legislature has moved forward with a bill meant to legalize assisted suicide. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, opposed the legislation, instead calling for a "radical commitment" to help those who are near death.
Last week the State Senate approved the End of Life Option Act, which, if enacted, would allow doctor-assisted suicide for patients who are terminally ill.
Known as Senate Bill 128, the proposed legislation passed the Senate in a vote of 23 ayes to 15 noes following third reading. more >>
GOP 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Fox News' Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" Monday night that he has been left "stunned and shocked" by the way the media has "exploited" the Duggar family in the wake of the molestation scandal. Huckabee also suggested critics are targeting the Duggars so heavily because of their Christian beliefs.
"I was stunned and shocked that the victims were exploited in this by the media for their own interests — there was no interest in the media to protect those girls, there was no interest to make sure their interests were served, and I think your interview pointed out that they had a very different reaction to all of this than did their critics who were out to destroy their families," Huckabee told Kelly.
The molestation scandal concerns Josh Duggar, who according to unlawfully released police reports, was found to have molested four of his younger sisters when he was a teenager. more >>
An interfaith group of religious leaders who advocate for abortion has called on the Obama administration to pressure countries that have restrictions on the procedure to lift their bans for women who've been raped and impregnated by members of terrorist groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram. Pro-life activists, however, argue that the proposal is "reprehensible."
On Thursday, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice — which previously told The Christian Post that the organization opposes any restrictions on abortion, including during the third trimester — and the Center for Health and Gender Equity held a "Faith Leaders' Summit" on the issue, just steps from the White House at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders called for changes to be made to the Helms Amendment (named after the-late Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.), which is a 42-year-old federal law that prevents U.S. foreign aid from being used to fund abortion "as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortion." more >>