Episode 437

Mail-order abortion pill a concern; New biography or Elisabeth Elliot released

Sep 14, 2023

Women in states that have outlawed abortion are ordering abortion pills through the mail from out-of-state doctors and oftentimes foreign countries. The death toll from the major Sept. 8 earthquake in Morocco has climbed beyond 3,000. The view from the audience is not always accurate and certainly never complete. And the same can be said of viewing the life of Elisabeth Elliot.

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Women in states that have outlawed abortion are ordering abortion pills through the mail from out-of-state doctors and oftentimes foreign countries, according to news reports.

After Texas banned most abortions, orders from Texas residents tripled for abortion pills from Aid Access, an online-only abortion pill company in Europe, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open.

Southern Baptist ethicist Brent Leatherwood is among those advocating for an end to mail-order abortions not only from overseas providers, but some stateside providers such as Planned Parenthood.

Most abortions performed in the U.S. today are chemical abortions. The Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine is challenging mifepristone – one of the medications used in the two-drug cocktail to induce abortion – in a court battle the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to consider.

More than a dozen states have near-total bans on abortion, and 15 states restrict chemical abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

The death toll from the major Sept. 8 earthquake in Morocco has climbed beyond 3,000 as first responders continue attempts to rescue people from the rubble. Send Relief leaders and partners are on the ground, meeting needs and assessing a long-term response.

Jason Cox, Send Relief’s vice president of international ministry, diverted from the international Serve Tour stop in Athens, Greece, to be with partners in Morocco. He has witnessed the devastation firsthand, distributed food and water, and conducted village-by-village assessments for Send Relief’s long-term recovery efforts.

Through its partners on the ground in Morocco, Send Relief is committed to facilitating a long-term recovery plan for as many people as possible. Donations to Send Relief are the reason Send Relief has been able to respond so quickly, Cox said.

Learn how you can at SendRelief.org.

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The view from the audience is not always accurate and certainly never complete. And the same can be said of viewing the life of Elisabeth Elliot.

In the second volume of Elliot’s authorized biography, Being Elisabeth Elliot bestselling author Ellen Vaughn leads readers through “the middle section” of Elliot’s life, which Vaughn describes as the most interesting and least known part of her life.

Elliot and her husband, Jim, worked with a group of missionaries in the 1950s to reach the Auca Indians. Jim Elliott and Nate Saint were killed by the unreached people as they tries to establish a relationship with them.

Before her death, Elliot, who had gained notoriety as an author and speaker, asked a friend to steward her story and seek out someone to write her biography, Vaughn said. Later, Elliot’s friend and family authorized Vaughn to share Elliot’s story with unique access to Elisabeth’s private, unpublished journals, and candid interviews with family and friends.

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