Parts of the pro-life community, however, were given a surprising opportunity to stand for life inside and outside of the womb.
by: Trillia NewbellMay 21, 2019 (RNS) — Over the past few weeks, three states — Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee — passed laws restricting or banning abortions. But it was the ban signed into law by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, considered the nation’s most restrictive law, that sent the nation, and notably the social media site Twitter, into a tailspin. A week before the Alabama ban was made law, actress and activist Alyssa Milano’s now infamous sex strike led the news cycle as she called women to “join (her) by notRead More
Interestingly enough, both sides call themselves pro-life, and both sides often seem frustrated with the other.
by: Micah FriesMay 20, 2019 (RNS) — In recent months we have seen a renewed and strengthened push to limit access to abortion on demand in a number of states across the country. We have seen legislation passed in states like Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio that significantly reduces access to abortion. The response has been a bit typical. Many conservative Christians, especially those who are historically inclined to vote Republican, have applauded these efforts. On the other side are Christians, often more progressive and seemingly likely toRead More
The argument behind these bills alleges that a heartbeat is a sign of life.
by: Kira Austin-YoungMay 17, 2019 (RNS) — Several states have passed restrictive abortion bills this legislative session, with Alabama earlier this week joining Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio in passing so-called “fetal heartbeat bills” into law, which make abortion illegal after a heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The argument behind these bills alleges that a heartbeat is a sign of life. But the law that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed on Wednesday (May 15) goes even further, instituting a near-ban on abortion exceptRead More
The most disappointing former pro-life Democrat, however, has been the senior senator from Pennsylvania, Bob Casey Jr.
by: Charles C. CamosyMay 10, 2019 (RNS) — The evisceration of pro-life Democrats from Congress is all but complete. Attacked by both Democrats and Republicans and pro-life and pro-choice activists, most of these legislators have been either forced to change their views or defeated at the ballot box. The handful who remain may not be long for this political world. The fundraising group EMILY’s List and other abortion-rights organizations are targeting pro-life Democrats such as Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, who barely squeaked by in the last election. It is likelyRead More
Jimmy Carter suffered a broken hip Monday as he was leaving to go turkey hunting.
by: The Associated PressATLANTA, May 17, 2019 (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter plans to teach Sunday school this weekend just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Carter, 94, was released Thursday morning from a Georgia hospital after getting a hip replacement. He plans to continue recuperating at his home in rural Plains, said a statement from Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. RELATED: A Bible study led by 92-year-old Jimmy Carter is a sight to behold (COMMENTARY) Carter’s wife, Rosalynn Carter, went home with her husbandRead More
It doesn't seem to be a high priority, and even those like Nadler who have spoken out about the oath don't seem to have firm views.
by: Thomas ReeseMay 13, 2019 (RNS) — Some Democrats in Congress who now make the rules in the House of Representatives have proposed dropping “so help me God” from the oath recited before someone testifies before a legislative committee. Those arguing in favor of dropping “so help me God” assert that it is improperly imposing religious beliefs and practices on atheists. “I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress,” said Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee, according to TheRead More
Archbishop Theophile Nare of the diocese of Kaya expressed pain at the deaths and appealed for peace, while paying tribute to the dead priest.
by: Paul O’DonnellMay 14, 2019 (RNS) — A rash of attacks on churches in Burkina Faso is exposing the growing challenge of containing Islamist violence across Africa’s Sahel region. On Sunday (May 12) militants attacked a Roman Catholic Church service in Dablo, a town about 200 kilometers north of Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, killing a 34-year-old Catholic priest and at least five worshippers. The priest, Rev. Simeon Yampa, died as he celebrated morning Mass. An estimated 20 to 30 attackers fired on the fleeing congregation and then returned to setRead More
It has been 10 years since she left Planned Parenthood.
by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 13, 2019 (BP) — Much has happened during the past decade in the life of Abby Johnson, the woman whose life story is the subject of the pro-life movie “Unplanned.” It has been 10 years since she left Planned Parenthood. She celebrated Mother’s Day with her husband and seven children, and she is pregnant with No. 8. Thousands on Times Square and thousands more via a livestream watched a 4D ultrasound of her eighth baby still in the womb during last weekend’s “AliveRead More
Ramadan is an opportunity for Christians as well, especially evangelicals...
by: Kevin SingerMay 7, 2019 (RNS) — Sunday (May 5) marked the beginning of Ramadan, the most important month of the calendar for Muslims. During daylight hours, observant Muslims will abstain from eating and drinking as they devote their time to prayer to commemorate Allah’s giving the first verses of the Quran to Muhammad in A.D. 610. Ramadan is an opportunity for Christians as well, especially evangelicals, as in recent polls evangelicals stand out for their unfavorable opinions of Muslims. White evangelicals are more than three times as likely toRead More