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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law May 10 expansive pro-life legislation that includes a ban on state-directed funding of abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.
In doing so, the Republican governor made Indiana reportedly the first state to enact such a prohibition on money for organizations that perform or promote abortion. The law exempts hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. The measure will eliminate about $2 million of the $3 million in federal funds Planned Parenthood of Indiana receives each year, according to The Indianapolis Star.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana filed a lawsuit hours after Daniels signed the legislation, but federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied the organization’s request that she block enforcement of the new law, The Star reported. The measure will remain in effect while Pratt—nominated by President Obama—considers its constitutionality.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its...
In appreciation for his service, Morris H. Chapman was named to the honorary position of president emeritus of the Executive Committee and was presented the M.E. Dodd Award for Cooperative Program support during a retirement dinner September 20 in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Dr. Chapman, no entity leader has been a greater ambassador for the Cooperative Program and its promotion Convention-wide than you," Roger Spradlin, chairman of the Executive Committee, told Chapman.
Throughout his tenure as pastor of four churches over a span of twenty-five years and as president of the Executive Committee for eighteen years, Chapman led the way in his support of Southern Baptists' method for funding missions, Spradlin said.
"During each of his thirteen years at First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, the church's Cooperative Program gifts were in the top 1 percent in the Southe...
"In late dark of night they dragged me from my house and took me to jail where they stripped me naked and three men beat me several times, until I was unconscious, and left me in puddles of blood. They had fiercely wrapped big sticks with cloth so the beatings would not break anymore skin.
"Just before daylight I was dumped near my house and told, 'Stop your Christian church meetings so we will not have to do this to you again and again!'"
Bobby Welch leaned forward with one elbow on their corner table to be certain he heard this persecuted brother correctly ... speaking had gotten very quiet as he listened to the testimony. It was Welch's third such conversation in this country — one of those unnamed countries of the world where Christian missionaries and witnessing are illegal.
Later in the week he was able to position himself to help put an end to the all...