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 >>
Many health-related problems Americans face are directly related to hunger and malnutrition, according to a new report by the ecumenical Christian anti-poverty group Bread for the World.
At a press conference on Monday, Bread for the World released its 2016 Hunger Report titled "The Nourishing Effect," which focused on the link between hunger and health.
"Hunger and poverty put people at greater risk of poor health by limiting access to nutritious foods that promote good health," wrote Bread for the World President, the Rev. David Beckmann, in the foreword to report. more >>
If faith and perseverance were muscles, then life would be the ideal resistance trainer, and Jase and Missy Robertson would be musclebound.
Toughened by life's tests and trials, the Duck Dynasty couple has cultivated the kind of faith that makes them sure about their family's future. " … Whatever happens, we're confident that God is going to be with us," Missy Robertson told The Christian Post last week in an interview. " … We know it 100 percent."
But that kind of certainty doesn't come easy — it's forged in the midst of adversity. For Jase and Missy, adversity came in the form of health challenges with their daughter, Mia. These challenges have taught them valuable lessons. 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 >>
The United Methodist Church has raised $68 million to fight malaria, meeting 90 percent of its goal for the year.
In a campaign officially running through 2016, UMC leaders stated earlier this week that the denomination's Imagine No Malaria fundraiser is in its final stretch.
Bishop Thomas Bickerton, chair of the UMC's Global Health Initiative, told The Christian Post that Imagine No Malaria raised the $68 million via " ... numerous means that primarily include grassroots fundraising through local United Methodist congregations." more >>
By now there's a good chance you've heard of the disturbing study from Princeton economists showing that middle-aged white Americans are the only demographic showing increasing death rates.
Only the 45-54 age segment, and only in the United States. Worse yet, the rise in deaths is due to suicide and substance abuse. One of the study's authors described it: "Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this."
It's impossible to draw a simple line of direct causation to a tragedy of this magnitude, but there are some compelling correlations. more >>