Faith News In Focus: Congress Attempts to Defund Planned Parenthood Again, University of Florida Refuses to Remove Bible Verse, Persecution Up Around the World

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Pro-life legislators may have finally found a way to de-fund Planned Parenthood!  A budget reconciliation bill is scheduled for a vote in the House on Friday.  And, unlike previous bills, which required 60 votes to pass the Senate, this one would require only 51.  Meanwhile, Texas takes aggressive action to discover if Planned Parenthood broke the law.  And, four more countries are classified as nations where there’s “extreme persecution” of Christians, bringing the total worldwide to 10.  These stories and more in this week’s edition of Faith News in Focus!

Congress Makes New Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood

Even though previous attempts to defund Planned Parenthood were blocked by Democrats, the House of Representatives is making another attempt through the budget reconciliation process. The bill, H.R. 3762 or the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015,” cannot be filibustered in the Senate, and can be passed by a simple majority of 51 votes.

National Right to Life is encouraging you to contact your representative to urge them to vote for H.R. 3762. 

Texas Raids Planned Parenthood Clinics in Investigation

The Texas Office of the Inspector General raided Planned Parenthood facilities in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio as part of an investigation into the corrupt organization’s sale of fetal body parts. 

The raid comes just days after Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he was ending Medicaid participation for Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state.

Number of Countries Where Christians are Enduring Severe Suffering Increases Sharply

The persecution watchdog group, Aid to the Church in Need, reports that the number of nations where believers are enduring severe suffering has risen from six to 10 in the past two years. Some fear Christianity may even become extinct in areas like Iraq and Syria.

Houstonians Objecting to Men in Women’s Restrooms Could Face $5,000 Fine

Citizens of Houston, Texas will vote whether or not to allow men to use women’s bathrooms (among other things in the name of “equal rights”), on November 3. The Family Freedom Fund released a commercial warning that the law in question, Proposition 1, will also fine anyone blocking a man from entering a woman’s restroom up to $5,000.

University of Florida Refuses to Remove Bible Verse from Building

The University of Florida refused demands from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to remove a bible verse from the entrance to Heavener Hall. The verse in question, Micah 6:8, was added when the College of Business Administration building was constructed as a reminder to future business leaders. As a compromise, the university will add three secular quotes about ethics along with the Bible verse. 

Evangelical Group Changes Stance on Death Penalty

The National Association of Evangelicals revised its long-standing position in support of capital punishment in recognition of opposing views among its members.  

“Evangelical Christians differ in their beliefs about capital punishment, often citing strong biblical and theological reasons either for the just character of the death penalty in extreme cases or for the sacredness of all life, including the lives of those who perpetrate serious crimes and yet have the potential for repentance and reformation. We affirm the conscientious commitment of both streams of Christian ethical thought.”

What do you thing about this change? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo: By American Life League, CC BY-NC 2.0

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