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For Certain Christians, Lying for Jesus is Justified in the Abortion Wars

February 9, 2016

Leviticus 19:11 makes clear: "Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another."There's quite a bit of the Bible that conservative Christian activists tend to leave out, but Biblical prohibitions against lying are routinely given short shrift by those intent on seeing God's will done on Earth. We don't have to look far for examples of it -- from Christians arguing that LGBT people are predators to politicians pretending that being gay is a choice, these lies are common.The Washington Post has a good look at another popular outlet for faith-based lying: the abortion debate, and the notoriously deceptive idea of "crisis pregnancy centers." Reporter Petula Dvorak examines the work of one Virginia activist, Pat Lohman, in particular.shutterstock_296153609
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At Florida Subcommittee Hearing, Man Says Abortion Must Be Restricted to Preserve “White Culture”

January 27, 2016

Florida legislators have been considering a number of restrictions and bans on abortion lately, including HB 865, which the Tampa Bay Times says “would make performing an abortion or operating an abortion clinic a first-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.”shutterstock_317138369But it was a man named Paul who made headlines during a subcommittee hearing on the bill, when he told the legislators that abortion must be restricted to preserve "white culture."
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In Italy, Religious Objections to Abortion Are Preventing Women from Having Them

January 19, 2016

In the United States, there is a wide range of federal and state laws that exempt healthcare providers from offering reproductive care -- everything from contraception to sterilization -- based on the provider's religious beliefs.The reason for these laws, ostensibly, is to protect the conscience of the provider. And women need not worry since they can just find other providers, right? Of course, as we're already seeing, that's becoming more and more difficult as more restrictions are applied to reproductive care. Like in Mississippi, where abortion is so heavily restricted that only a single clinic remains open in the state, and even that one's in trouble of being closed.shutterstock_170530232Restricting women's health care is the method-of-choice in certain parts of our country, but that's not the only way to prevent women from accessing those services. In Italy, a country that allows first trimester abortions, it can still be very hard to obtain one.
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