Episode 175

Yelp’s New Consumer Notice & Glimmer of Hope After KY Flood

Sep 5, 2022

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission expressed its objections Thursday (Sept. 1) to a new policy by the website Yelp that the Southern Baptist entity said casts doubt on the medical qualifications of pregnancy resource centers. And, nearly 3 feet of water had rushed into the home of Ed and Vada Rogers during the horrific flooding in eastern Kentucky last month.

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The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission expressed its objections Thursday (Sept. 1) to a new policy by the website Yelp that the Southern Baptist entity said casts doubt on the medical qualifications of pregnancy resource centers.

Yelp, a platform that enables consumers to find and review local businesses, announced Aug. 23 it would add a “consumer notice” for pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) to differentiate them from abortion clinics. Yelp’s new “consumer notice” says: “This is a Crisis Pregnancy Center. Crisis Pregnancy Centers typically provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite.”

The announcement came nearly two months after the U.S. Supreme Court returned abortion regulation to the states by reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the country.

ERLC Acting President Brent Leatherwood said in a letter to Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive officer of Yelp Inc., the company’s new policy limits “the options of women through your use of one-sided and misleading labeling.”
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Nearly 3 feet of water had rushed into the home of Ed and Vada Rogers during the horrific flooding in eastern Kentucky last month.

Even after the rain stopped, the water did not. The water stood and sloshed in the house for two more days before help came in the form of the yellow shirts of Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers.

When Vada Rogers returned to the home, she made a beeline to her cedar chest that had been covered with water. She opened the lid and found two American flags sitting in floodwater. The flags had been presented to her mother after the deaths of Vada’s father and brother, and now they were dripping wet.
It was a heartbreaking snapshot of the flooding nightmare she was living.

Jeff Free, who was organizing the cleanup, was standing out front when he saw Vada coming around the corner “crying pretty heavily,” he said.

Free, who has participated in more than 100 military funerals, knew what the flags meant to her.
He asked if she would trust him to take them and wash them. She did.

A few days later, thanks to the hard work of disaster relief workers, they presented her with the flags that cleaned and restored.

The team delivered the flags to Rogers and with many tears took the opportunity to pray with her.

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