Episode 269

ERLC Urges Drugstores to Protect Preborn, House Votes to Protect Babies & Lifeway’s Next-Gen Curriculum

Jan 13, 2023

The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has urged the country’s two largest pharmacy chains to alter their policies regarding their intention to dispense abortion pills. The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a nearly party-line vote Wednesday (Jan. 11) legislation to require medical care for children who survive abortions. And, Lifeway Christian Resources revealed a new, next-gen curriculum line, Hyfi, this week at the annual Children’s Pastors Conference. Chuck Peters, director of Lifeway Kids, called Hyfi a needed resource that will help “flip the script” for churches seeking to reach kids and students in an increasingly secularized society.

Transcript

The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has urged the country’s two largest pharmacy chains to alter their policies regarding their intention to dispense abortion pills.

Brent Leatherwood, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), encouraged the chief executive officers of CVS and Walgreens in a Jan. 6 letter to reverse course on their decision to carry and dispense mifepristone, the first drug in a two-step process commonly referred to as medical or chemical abortion. If they do not, he asked the executives to accommodate the consciences of their pharmacists who object to filling prescriptions for the abortion pill.

CVS and Walgreens decided to provide mifepristone in states where they can do so legally after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed its rules Jan. 3 to permit sale of the abortion drug by retail pharmacies, it was widely reported.
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a nearly party-line vote Wednesday (Jan. 11) legislation to require medical care for children who survive abortions.

The House voted 220-210 for the Born-alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in one of two pro-life actions taken in a chamber newly controlled by Republicans. Rep. Henry Cueller of Texas was the lone Democrat to vote with the GOP for the bill.

Representatives also approved a resolution denouncing the attacks on pro-life pregnancy resource centers, churches and groups in reaction to the Supreme Court’s reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision in June of last year. The majority in the 222-209 vote included three Democrats: Reps. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania and Marie Perez of Washington.
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Lifeway Christian Resources revealed a new, next-gen curriculum line, Hyfi, this week at the annual Children’s Pastors Conference. Chuck Peters, director of Lifeway Kids, called Hyfi a needed resource that will help “flip the script” for churches seeking to reach kids and students in an increasingly secularized society.

Hyfi was created as a response to the secular, unchurched culture in which many of today’s kids and youth are growing up. The curriculum’s messaging replaces the cultural philosophy of expressive individualism (i.e., “be true to yourself”) with a declaration that kids and students were created to find their identity in Christ, Peters said. This message is grounded in Scripture and driven by relational activities that connect newcomers to church and pave the way for the Gospel message.

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