Over 40 percent of women who have had an abortion say they were frequent churchgoers at the time they ended their pregnancies and about a half of them say they kept their abortions hidden from church members, new LifeWay Research shows.
In a survey released Monday that was sponsored by the pregnancy center support organization Care Net, researchers from the Christian research group LifeWay found that about 70 percent of women who had an abortion self-identified as Christians, while 43 percent say they attended a Christian church at least once per month or more at the time they aborted their child.
The survey, which interviewed 1,038 respondents who've all had abortions, found that 20 percent of the respondents attended church at least once a week at the time of their first pregnancy termination. Six percent said they attended church more than once per week, while about 54 percent said they rarely or never attended a church. more >>
For over a decade, singer-songwriter Kari Jobe has debuted worship music for a multitude of fans but now she is presenting a different kind of creation to the masses in the form of her bulging baby bump.
"Baby bump time," Jobe, 34, wrote in an Instagram photograph of her protruding midsection. "Little Carnes is showing a whole lot more so I thought you might wanna see, #selfie #notmyrealweddingring #fingersaretoofat #Englishsconesareyummy @codycarnes."
In July, the contemporary Christian singer announced that she and her singer-songwriter husband Cody Carnes were expecting their first child together. more >>
You may remember her as "Tootie" from the hit '80s sitcom "The Facts of Life" or "Regine" from the '90s show about single life in the fast lane, "Living Single." But since then, aside from behind the scenes work as a television show director and some occasional bit parts and being in the "Vagina Monologues," Kim Fields has largely remained out of the spotlight. Until now.
The actress has joined the season 8 cast of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." In an episode that airs Sunday, Fields gets personal with the sobering admission "I've lost myself." Audiences might admit that, without the actress resurfacing to appear on the show, they had pretty much lost her too.
Fields' confession just might explain why an actress of her background and pedigree, known for her clean, no-drama image, would involve herself with a franchise celebrated for its gossiping, cat fighting, and back-stabbing personalities. Fields seems to be the antithesis of what "Housewives" is all about. more >>
Picture a man changing in a women's locker room in front of your daughter. You have not entered the Twilight Zone.
Last October, millions of Americans were shocked when Houston mayor Annise Parker targeted area pastors in response to their efforts to repeal a controversial ordinance that would allow transgendered men to use women's restrooms. She demanded that pastors turn over sermons, emails, and other communications that were critical of the new policy. Many of us wondered if we'd stumbled into an episode of The Twilight Zone, where freedoms of speech and religion had never made it into the U.S. Constitution.
In fact, many of you responded when I asked Christians across the country to mail the mayor a Bible or a copy of a sermon or a verse of Scripture. more >>
Four-time Olympic track and field athlete Sanya Richards-Ross has been vocal about her Christian faith for some time, but it was her mother-in-law's survival that cemented the world class athlete's belief in miracles.
"How do I know God is real.... I see Him working all around me. My mother-in-law was so sick over a year ago. She was diagnosed with sarcoidosis and CHF," Richards-Ross wrote on Instagram. "The doctors gave her 6 months... Well it's been over a year and she's not only here, she is a great testimony for God's love and favor. #ThankYouJesus #GodIsStillWorkingMiracles #GetToKnowHim #ThereIsNoGreaterLove @mamaross31."
The Olympian was speaking about Cheryl Ross, the mother of her husband and NFL free agent Aaron Ross. Cheryl agreed that God's grace enabled her to exceed doctors' expectations. more >>
How many women in Texas perform self-induced abortions? This week, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project released a study on this question.
Their argument is that after the state bill known as HB 2 went into effect in 2013 — resulting in the closure of more than half of the abortion facilities in Texas — the number of self-induced abortions among Texas women has significantly increased. Citing the study as proof, many media outlets — including The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and Slate — are giving readers the impression that hundreds of thousands of Texas women have attempted to perform self-induced abortions in the wake of HB 2.
A little background: In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell trial, Texas took the lead in enacting legislation to protect women and their unborn children. HB 2, which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, requires that abortion facilities have the same health standards as ambulatory surgical centers and that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The public-health crisis that critics predicted when HB 2 was signed into law has not come to pass. more >>