Jan. 31, 2020: Va. abortion bill, Bethany ending int'l adoptions, Platt on abortion

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— Va. Senate passes bill removing abortion safety standards

The Virginia Senate passed a bill that removes certain regulations on abortion, including an ultrasound requirement and that some abortion clinics be held to the same health and safety standards as hospitals.

The bill was narrowly approved on Wednesday and Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to sign it into law.

—Bethany Christian Services to end int’l adoptions

Bethany Christian Services, the largest Christian adoption agency in the United States, said it will soon end international adoptions and will instead focus on supporting children in their home communities.

The agency noted that the number of international adoptions to the U.S. dropped from 30,000 children in 2004 to just over 4,000 in 2018 as many countries have chosen to change their laws or close their doors to overseas adoption.

Bethany’s international adoption accreditation expires in 2021, after it which it will no longer accept new applications.

—LA Angels’ Joe Maddon serves homeless in Calif.

New Los Angeles Angels Manager Joe Maddon and his Respect 90 Foundation helped bring a warm dinner to underserved individuals and families in Southern California Wednesday night.

Maddon, who is one of the most respected managers in baseball, has been holding Thanksmas events since 2006, offering spaghetti and meatballs to families in need in various states.

Maddon said his heart for the homeless began from an early age when he was encouraged by his Catholic school to bring money for the poor.

Wednesday’s dinner was offered at Mission’s Village of Hope in Tustin in partnership with Orange County Rescue Mission.

— David Platt repents for not preaching on abortion earlier

Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in Virginia said he had to repent for not preaching enough on abortion as a younger pastor.

Platt told The Christian Post that he had avoided it because he felt it was a political issue. Now, he considers it a biblical issue.

Today, he not only speaks about the value of life but he also mobilizes his church to take action through the foster care system and adoption. Platt and his wife are adopting their fifth child this week. They have two biological children and two adopted children.

— Education Dept. taking steps to protect religious freedom of Christian colleges

The U.S. Department of Education assured this week that it is taking steps to protect the religious liberty of Christian colleges and their students.

Robert Eitel, the senior counselor to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, told those at the Council for Christian College & Universities Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C., that several rules are going into effect this year to ensure that accrediting agencies do not count their religious mission against them and that they have equal access to Title IV programs.

CCCU President Shirley Hoogstra lauded the effort to “level” the playing field.

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