The Death of Roe

WACO, Texas, — Right after Norma McCorvey’s conversion to Christ, she wrote, “I’m Norma McCorvey, the former Jane Roe of the Roe v. Wade decision that brought legal child killing to America. I was persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie; to say that I was raped, and needed an abortion. It was all a lie. Since then, over 50 million babies have been murdered. I will take this burden to my grave. Please, don’t follow in my mistakes.”

House Defunds Planned Parenthood

In a victory for the sanctity of human life, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 230-188 to overturn a rule that former President Obama established preventing states from defunding Planned Parenthood.

7 out of 10 Americans Support the Heartbeat Bill

A stunning new national poll conducted by the Barna Group* reveals that seven out of ten Americans, 69 percent, agree with the premise of the federal Heartbeat Bill: “If a doctor is able to detect the heartbeat of an unborn baby, that unborn baby should be legally protected.” H.R. 490, which would protect unborn children whose heartbeats can be heard, is supported by 86 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Independents, and even a majority of Democrats–55 percent. The Heartbeat Bill and the poll results will be discussed on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, February 16th.

Supreme Court Wants to Hear More on Religious Counseling Case

The U.S. Supreme Court may be closer to accepting review of a case with far-reaching implications for churches, religious counselors, and religious freedom.

Group Applauds Trump’s Focus on Religious Freedom in Speech

On Feb. 2, President Trump, in his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, said, “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely without fear and retribution. I will do that. Remember.”

FRC Applauds Trump’s Focus on Religious Freedom in Prayer Breakfast Speech

Yesterday morning, President Trump, in his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, said, “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely without fear and retribution. I will do that. Remember.”

Report: Administration Drafts ‘Religious Freedom’ Executive Action

The Trump administration may seek to dramatically expand what defines a religious organization and offer broad protections to individuals and organizations that oppose same-sex marriage, contraception coverage and more on the basis of religion, according to a draft copy of an executive order obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation.

Americans Support SCOTUS Ruling to Restrict Abortion, Oppose Taxpayer Funding

Significant majorities of Americans oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions and want the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of abortion restrictions, according to a new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Christian Leaders Pray and Anoint Doorway Trump Walked Through Before Inauguration

The group has prayed in similar fashion for previous Presidents as they ask for direction, leadership, protection and blessing for the incoming Trump Administration.

Group Plans March on DC: ‘Women and Children First’

As thousands converge on the National Mall in Washington, DC on January 21, Created Equal will be there to be the voice of women killed in the name of “women’s rights” — born and preborn. We will stand in solidarity with those who have been violently silenced by deadly abortion and to reach out to marchers with truth and love.

Supreme Court Petitioned to Preserve Religious Counseling Rights

Pacific Justice Institute filed a petition earlier last week with the United States Supreme Court to continue the fight to protect free speech for licensed counselors.

Report: Planned Parenthood, Others Broke the Law

The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has released their final report detailing their investigation, findings and recommendations related to the underground trade in aborted baby remains for profit and late-term abortion abuses.

New Year Brings New Freedom for Religious Group

Bakersfield, Calif.–A group of senior citizens are relieved but remain wary after their homeowners association (HOA) reversed course and lifted a ban on their meetings.

Religious Freedom Bill Heads to President’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives passed and sent to the President’s desk the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 1150).

Engaging Biblical Principles in Today’s Health Care Environment

With a new year on the horizon, many Americans are once again facing difficult health care decisions because of the health insurance requirement still in force under the federal Affordable Care Act. This is especially true as the open enrollment deadline of Jan. 31, 2017, is just around the corner.

Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), with 64,000 members (210,000 individuals), has practiced health care sharing through a biblical lens for 22 years. Its focus has been Christians helping other Christians with their needs as the Bible instructs in Galatians 6:2, which says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (ESV).

“Every day we hear from people who are in a health care crisis of sorts, especially now during open enrollment,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan’s vice president for external relations. “Samaritan Ministries works to bring health care back to Biblical basics, applying the definition of Biblical community to health care. Our members share medical burdens with one another on a monthly basis, which means about $23 million is sent from household to household. Why do we do this? Because Jesus told us to love one another.”

Hopp noted that health care sharing ministries like Samaritan are exempt from the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act. Members of these ministries who share each other’s health care needs are not required to pay any penalties, as this approach to health care satisfies the federal requirement that individuals purchase insurance or pay a penalty.

He added that Christians may choose a health care sharing ministry like Samaritan for a variety of reasons, such as the Biblical teachings of trusting in God, caring for fellow believers, and desiring to obey Jesus’ commands to love one another, which includes sharing each other’s burdens.

A Samaritan Ministries member family from Denver says they are “grateful to have Samaritan Ministries.”

“It shows our family that Christians do take care of each other. And we serve an awesome God who heals us. We are in prayer always for our Samaritan family.”

Today, Samaritan Ministries members from all 50 states and several foreign countries are directly sharing their health care needs from household to household. Those with health care burdens also receive notes of encouragement and prayers from the Samaritan Ministries member community.

For more information, visit www.samaritanministries.org, or follow the ministry on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

(Source: Christian Newswire)

Evangelical Ministers Call on Trump to Protect Religious Freedom

Activists will be holding signs with Christian women wearing head coverings to stand in solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and friends.

Pastor Responds to Crimes Against Humanity Charge

Liberty Counsel filed a brief opposing the latest efforts by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) in its lawsuit against Pastor Scott Lively, in which SMUG seeks to silence and impose significant financial penalties against Lively for his speaking and writing about his biblical views on homosexuality. Liberty Counsel’s filing is in response to a brief filed by SMUG as a last ditch effort to save SMUG’s case from dismissal after it utterly failed to present evidence supporting its claims at a summary judgment hearing last month.

Satan Club for Children Triggers 103,000 Protests

Parents are deeply concerned about an After School Satan Club that targets children as young as five scheduled to open at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, on Wednesday, December 14.

City Council in Pennsylvania Keeps Nativity Despite Threats

The Franklin (PA) City Council has elected to maintain a Nativity display in Bandstand Park despite an anonymous demand letter received on Monday from two local residents in Seneca. The letter’s authors, “RM, SJ and family,” copied the email to the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and stated that a Nativity display is a violation of church and state and should be removed from Bandstand Park.

#GiveAnEternalGift Combats the Commercialization of Christmas

For Christians, particularly those upset with the increasing commercialization of Christmas, Meet The Need has launched an “Ice Bucket Challenge” for service and evangelism called #GiveAnEternalGift. The goal is to encourage 1 million Christians to “put Christ back in Christmas” as Jesus would – by letting acts of kindness open the door to sharing the Gospel – with neighbors, coworkers and complete strangers.

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