by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat
- The Hill reports Nancy Keenan will step down as the leader of NARAL:
She plans to stay on at NARAL through the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — which happens to fall just a day after Inauguration Day. The organization hasn’t picked a successor yet.
- Christianity Today interviews Southern Baptist Theological Seminary dean Russell Moore about “why adoption has become his personal cause and why more evangelicals should be joining him.”
- Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma lost a WIC contract:
Terry J. Bryce, chief of the WIC program for the Health Department, said he recommended termination because the organization had a large decrease in clients, had a higher per-client cost for services and was unresponsive to repeated requests for information from his agency….
Without a preliminary injunction in place, Planned Parenthood will be forced to stop WIC services… and the group may close its west Tulsa health center.
- At First Things, Jon Shields discusses how Roe v. Wade led to a collapse in the pro-choice movement while spurring the pro-life movement to affect our culture:
While Roe bred apathy and conservatism in pro-choice ranks, it energized many pro-lifers. With the Supreme Courthaving removed abortion from the political process and deprived pro-lifers of normal avenues of political influence, some decided to blockade abortion clinics instead. Between 1977 and 1993, pro-life radicals orchestrated some six hundred blockades, leading to more than 33,000 arrests.
Most pro-life activists, however, dedicated their lives to changing the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens, rather than simply obstructing them from procuring abortions. The more Americans who opposed abortion on moral grounds or were offered practical alternatives to abortion, such activists reasoned, the fewer abortions, whatever the laws of the land. These pro-life advocates quietly began countless conversations with ordinary citizens and continue to do so in great numbers.
- The Akron Beacon Journal has an article on how Planned Parenthood staff and an abortion protestor helped another protestor who was hit by a truck.
- Christopher Kenyon Simpson has pleaded not guilty after being accused of killing Ka’Loni Marie Flynn and her unborn child.
- At Public Discourse, Melissa Moschella discusses recent decisions on the HHS Mandate and the attempt of some judges to play theologians:
In the HHS mandate cases brought by Frank O’Brien and the Green family, however, the judges found no reason to doubt either the plaintiffs’ sincerity or the religious nature of their beliefs. To remain within the limits of their competence, their investigation into the applicability of RFRA — and therefore of the need for the government to defend the mandate as narrowly tailored to the achievement of a compelling state interest — should have stopped there.
Unfortunately, it did not. Instead, the judges crossed the line by denying the substantive correctness of the plaintiffs’ belief that providing insurance coverage for contraceptives and/or abortifacients is morally wrong. As Judge Jackson put it, despite the plaintiffs’ sincere claims to the contrary, “the challenged regulations do not… prevent plaintiffs from acting in accordance with their religious beliefs.”In effect, Judges Jackson and Heaton are telling the Greens and Frank O’Brien — and by extension the 108 other plaintiffs challenging the mandate as well — that they, and the religious authorities who support them, simply have their theology wrong.