African, Middle Eastern Nations Most Cited on 2013 ‘World Watch List’ of Christian Persecutors

African, Middle Eastern Nations Most Cited on 2013 ‘World Watch List’ of Christian Persecutors

Santa Ana, California — The persecution watch group Open Doors has released its 2013 World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted, indicating a surge of persecution throughout the continent of Africa and continued hostility throughout the Middle East. Open Doors has created the list for a number of years in […]

Pro-Life Media Group and Adoption Agency Making Impact With National Ad Offering Abortion Alternative

Pro-Life Media Group and Adoption Agency Making Impact With National Ad Offering Abortion Alternative

Grand Rapids, Michigan — A pro-life media group and a nationally-recognized adoption agency state that they have been making a positive impact for life through their partnership in producing a television advertisement for abortion-minded mothers. Heroic Media and Bethany Christian Services joined forces late last year to launch the first-ever national television campaign that centered on […]

PBS Outlines Role of Faith in Anti-Slavery Fight in New Abolitionist Documentary

PBS Outlines Role of Faith in Anti-Slavery Fight in New Abolitionist Documentary

As 2o13 marks the 150th year since President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, setting an estimated three million slaves at liberty across the nation, PBS is observing the occasion with a new documentary called The Abolitionists. The three-part series will begin airing on Tuesday, January 8, as the network presents a production weaved together […]

Prospective Families Heartbroken Over Russian Ban on American Adoptions

Prospective Families Heartbroken Over Russian Ban on American Adoptions

A number of prospective families are expressing frustration and heartbreak over Russia’s recent ban on American adoptions. President Vladmir Putin signed the proposed prohibition into law late last month, which will now close off the country to Americans who seek to adopt orphaned boys and girls in the nation. Approximately 46 adoptions that were in […]

Texas Judge Approves Ban on Planned Parenthood Funding

Texas Judge Approves Ban on Planned Parenthood Funding

Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood’s family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday, requiring thousands to find new state-approved doctors for their annual exams, cancer screenings and birth control. Judge Gary Harger said that Texas may exclude otherwise qualified doctors and clinics from receiving state funding if they advocate […]

Youcef Nadarkhani Arrested and Imprisoned Again by Iranian Authorities

Youcef Nadarkhani Arrested and Imprisoned Again by Iranian Authorities

Youcef Nadarkhani, who was acquitted of apostasy and released from an Iranian prison this past September, has been arrested again by Iranian authorities and put back in prison to serve another 40 days. Reports state that the director of Lakan Prison explained that Nadarkhani was released too early because his attorney Mohammed Ali Dadkhah was […]

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Abortion Pill Mandate on Behalf of Illinois Contractors

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Abortion Pill Mandate on Behalf of Illinois Contractors

A divided federal appeals court has temporarily barred the U.S. government from requiring an Illinois company to obtain insurance coverage for contraceptives, as mandated under the 2010 healthcare overhaul, after the owners objected on religious grounds. More than 40 lawsuits are challenging a requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires most […]