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Respecting Beatriz’s Freedom of Conscience

Let us remember what Jesus Christ said in the Gospels: the law was made for human beings; human beings are not made for the law. The law which penalizes abortion is cruel and inhuman, as it condemns many women to death.

At a time when religious extremists around the globe have repackaged their efforts to undermine reproductive rights within a call for greater protection for religious liberty, will the Salvadoran Supreme Court of Justice respect Beatriz’s freedom of conscience?

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Our Church: Home to Planned Parenthood for Forty Years – and Still Fighting

Inside the First Presbyterian Church in Ogdensburg, NY, during Advent/Christmas.

It is hard to believe that the U. S House of Representatives actually voted to cut off Planned Parenthood altogether. These political attacks get plenty of attention. Meanwhile, in contrast, the Presbyterian Church I am blessed to serve wants to be sure that a woman’s health center, like Planned Parenthood, has a home.

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Biblical Abortion: A Christian’s View

Judah and Tamar, from 1728 Figures de la Bible, Gerard Hoet (1648-1733) and others

It’s commonly claimed that it’s a Christian duty to abolish abortion, in accordance with a Biblical teaching that abortion is a sin. However, one Christian’s reading of the Bible poses challenges to that assumption, instead turning up some eye-opening Biblical views on terminating a pregnancy.

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What a Different Reading of Mary Magdalene Can Tell Us About the Christian Value of a Woman’s Voice

Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

The War on Women fights to take away a women’s rights to make decisions for their own lives, instead granting male leaders the sole authority to dictate their allowable actions.  This injustice is furthered by a common Fundamentalist Christian idea that a woman can’t be entrusted with authority even over themselves. If we take another look at the Bible, however, we’ll have to confront this idea with the example of a woman whom Christ himself had entrusted with the authority to bear his message: Mary Magdalene

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Fighting Fire with Water: The Christian Role in the War on Women

To keep the #WaronWomen going, warmongers depend on convincing congregations of American Christians that the Bible commands them to seize control of a woman’s right to her own life. If we are to fight back effectively, we must have the patience and strength to forge personal connections, showing them that there is another, Christian way.

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Taxpayer-Funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers Use Federal Dollars to Proselytize and Spread Medical Lies

Taxpayer-funded crisis pregnancy centers are using religion to oppose abortion and contraception, and many of them only hire Christians.

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Mary’s Choice: What the Annunciation Story Tells Us About Moral Agency

Time and time again we see how God gives God’s people choices in their decisions to follow in God’s way. The Annunciation story is but one of many pointing to a God who gives us the power to make moral choices and trusts that we will do so.

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Abortion, Let’s NOT Leave Religion Out of It!

Over and over and over again people tell me to leave religion out of the debate over abortion. “Many Christians believe in the right to abortion, at least in cases of rape or incest,” I am often told, “So, why alienate them by bringing up religion?”

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STOKING FIRE: Research Underscores the Potential for a Pro-Choice Agenda Among Evangelical Youth

Since evangelical youth have essentially the same career aspirations as everyone else, these kids need to understand how their bodies work so that ill-timed pregnancies don’t derail their plans.

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Right-wing Focus on the Family’s Chilling New Agenda on “Marriage Defense”

“Pro-family” group, Focus on the Family is shifting away from opposing same-sex marriage and instead focusing on making it more difficult to obtain a divorce. Does anyone else think this is scary? …

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