Texas has experienced a 13 percent decline in its abortion rate since lawmakers pased a bill that requires abortion providers to meet basic health and safety standards at their facilities. The new law has led some clinic owners to close instead of paying for the mandatory upgrades.
According to a recently published study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which tracked the rate of abortions in the Lone Star State from November 2012 to April 2014, the drop in abortions might be linked to HB2, which increases regulations on abortionists and abortion clinics.
Dr. Daniel Grossman, an abortion advocate, is the lead author of the study and vice president for Research at Ibis Reproductive Health. more >>
A human rights panel that is part of the United Nations has criticized the Republic of Ireland over its abortion laws and alleged abuse taking place at its Catholic-run homes.
The UN Human Rights Committee recently stated that the Roman Catholic-dominated country should revise its strict abortion laws, which were recently loosened via an act of Parliament.
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States released a statement Tuesday demanding that President Barack Obama push Israel and Hamas towards negotiating a ceasefire immediately.
"The situation is escalating beyond control. The bloodshed and wielding of power in the contested land is unconscionable," reads the statement from the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly."Just as the United States has moved swiftly to provide $47 million in humanitarian assistance to Gaza, America also must lead the way in insisting on a ceasefire and enabling negotiations."
The statement also said that the PCUSA leaders "urge President Obama to use all the diplomatic weight afforded the highest office of this nation to end this conflict, and support all steps toward lasting peace in the Middle East." more >>
An ex-gay ministry group has released a documentary comprised of interviews with individuals who identify as having formerly struggled with same-sex attraction.
Mastering Life Ministries announced last week the release of "Such Were Some of You," a documentary featuring interviews with 29 people who describe themselves as "former homosexuals."
David Kyle Foster, founder and director of Mastering Life Ministries, told The Christian Post that "Such Were Some of You" was made because his organization "wants people to know that Jesus Christ can transform anyone's life, including homosexuals, and we want them to know how He does it." more >>
A Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is appealing the decision.
Jake Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop hopes to win at the appellate level after being told that he must serve gay couples wedding cakes and take a diversity course.
Phillips is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, who filed the appeal in the Colorado Court of Appeals last Wednesday. more >>
A lesbian who was fired by a Roman Catholic diocese in Missouri over marrying a woman has filed a lawsuit against the church body.
Colleen Simon, who recently married her partner in Iowa, filed the suit last week against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph and its bishop, the Rev. Robert Finn.
The mother of two sons, for a time Simon worked at a Catholic food pantry at St. Francis Xavier Parish in the Kansas City Diocese. more >>