A Brazilian Baptist leader who's known for holding progressive views on social issues, is pushing for the country to lift restrictions on abortion amid fears that symptoms from the Zika virus might be leading to an increase in neurological birth defects such as microcephaly, a brain deformity.
The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites and has now spread to 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Pastor Joel Zeferino, president of the Baptist Alliance of Brazil, — an organization was started in 2005 by 60 Baptists who fell out of favor with the Brazilian Baptist Convention because of their socially progressive views, according to Baptist News Global — argued that the discussion over laxing abortion laws needs to include more voices. more >>
A hospital in Australia is refusing to return a baby that suffered from third degree burns to its Christian parents due to the living conditions of the family's asylum camp.
The Lady Cilento Children's hospital in Queensland is receiving a massive amount of support and criticism for its decision to not turn over the infant, named "Baby Asha," to its family due to the questionable living circumstances on the island of Nauru, where the family is being kept in an Australian detention center.
Baby Asha was transported to the hospital after receiving severe burns from boiling water during her stay at the camp. more >>
A Democratic lawmaker from Kentucky is making national headlines for introducing legislation that would require men to provide a letter from their wife when seeking a prescription for Viagra.
The legislation was proposed last week by Democratic Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, who has said that the new bill is a form of protest against pro-life legislation that passed in the state earlier this month.
House Bill 369 would require men seeking erectile dysfunction medications, such as Viagra and Cialis, to be married, visit a doctor twice, and provide a note of permission from their wife before receiving the prescription. more >>
The Church of England is making a push to encourage Christians to donate blood and organs, saying that it is their moral duty to do so.
Anglican bishops from West Yorkshire and Dales recently called on the church to do more to encourage these donations during a recent general assembly gathering, pointing to the country's dwindling blood supply.
During the three-day synod meeting, James Newcome, bishop of Carlisle, called on the church to make blood donation an acceptable "sacrificial offering" required by Christians. more >>
Roman Catholic Church leaders in Latin American countries dealing with the outbreak of the Zika virus are pushing back against groups that are promoting abortion for women who are pregnant.
The Zika virus, which is transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitos, was once confined to parts of Africa and Asia, but has now spread to 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean. Symptoms from the virus are suspected to cause neurological birth defects such as microcephaly, a brain deformity, but medical researchers have yet to confirm the link.
Auxiliary Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner of the Catholic Church in Brazil, a nation with hundreds of confirmed cases of Zika, denounced a recent call from the United Nations to loosen abortion restrictions to allow women who've contracted the virus to abort their pregnancies in the first, second or third trimesters. more >>
A major pro-choice organization is boycotting hospitals with maternity wards because they "humanize fetuses."
The National Abortion Rights Action League tweeted recently that they were opting to boycott all hospitals that provide maternity care for treating fetuses like they were babies.
"We'll boycott All Maternity Wards for they use #antichoice scheme of humanizing fetuses to convince mothers to love children — #NotBuyingIt," tweeted NARAL. more >>