Longtime pro-life advocates in SBC rejoice at Roe’s demise

Southern Baptists who have advocated for pre-born children and their mothers for decades rejoiced at the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of nearly 50 years of nationwide, legalized abortion while acknowledging much work remains. A day many persistent, pro-life advocates had long sought and prayed for arrived June 24, when the high court overruled its 1973 […]

Supreme Court overturns Roe abortion decision

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a nationwide abortion regime Friday (June 24) that lasted nearly half a century and resulted in the deaths of more than 60 million preborn children. In a 5-4 opinion, the high court overruled the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that struck down all state abortion bans and legalized the procedure […]

ERLC’s Graham: Work will not end if Roe reversed

The reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision will be cause for celebration if it occurs, but it will not change the fact that the church must compassionately reach abortion-minded women, Southern Baptist pro-life specialist Elizabeth Graham said June 15 at the SBC’s annual meeting. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission presented “Standing for Life: […]

Leaked SCOTUS draft gives hope for reversing Roe

Pro-life advocates reacted hopefully to the report of a leaked draft opinion within the U.S. Supreme Court that would overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. In a stunning development May 2, Politico — a politics- and policy-focused news organization — published a copy of a draft of an opinion by Associate […]

SBC leaders pray for gospel ministry if Roe falls

Southern Baptist leaders asked God Tuesday, May 3, to help Christians recognize that the overturning of Roe v. Wade, if it occurs this term, will be not only a reason to rejoice but to renew gospel-based ministry to those in need. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission hosted an online prayer gathering one […]

Child welfare advocate says church can help amid adoption decline

Caring for orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and around the world calls for multi-faceted ministry by followers of Jesus and helpful public policies amid the dramatic decline in adoptions by Americans, according to a leading child-welfare advocate. The number of children adopted from other countries has fallen by more than 90 percent […]

Pro-lifers hopeful after court abortion arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments in December left pro-life advocates hopeful that the justices are poised to uphold a state ban on abortion after 15 weeks’ gestation and possibly to overturn long-standing decisions in support of legalized abortion nationwide. During a nearly two-hour session, conservative justices questioned the high court’s previous rulings that prohibit […]

Crisis in Afghanistan prompts warnings, calls for help and prayer

Calls from Southern Baptist leaders and others for immediate assistance, warnings of devastating consequences for Christians and prayer requests followed the rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. The terrorist organization that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 regained control of the country when Kabul fell Aug. 15 after a stunningly swift advance to the […]

Resolutions target racism, abortion funding, Equality Act

Messengers to the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approved a broad resolution on the Bible’s sufficiency regarding race and racial reconciliation June 15 but chose not to address specifically the contentious issue of Critical Race Theory. Among nine resolutions passed, messengers also overwhelmingly endorsed statements on government policies that included: — A denunciation of […]

Disappointment, concern greet Bethany’s policy reversal

Southern Baptist leaders expressed disappointment and concern for the ramifications of Bethany Christian Services’ national policy reversal to place children for adoption and foster care with same-sex couples. Bethany, the country’s largest evangelical Christian adoption agency, informed its staff in 32 states of the change in March, but its 14-member board of directors had unanimously […]