Episode 501

Limits On Abortion Pill, New Lawsuits Challenge Abortion Access, & Popular Bible Verses During Christmas

Dec 14, 2023

The US Supreme Court says they will take up a case challenging the FDA’s decision to legalize the abortion pill mifepristone. Current lawsuits by expectant mothers in Texas and Kentucky highlight the complex legal landscape of abortion across the nation. A mother’s address sometimes impacts whether an unborn child is carried to term. And, during the holiday season, a natural tendency exists to open the Bible and read the story of Jesus’s birth. But that’s not all Scripture readers are turning to this time of year.

Transcript

The US Supreme Court says they will take up a case challenging the FDA’s decision to legalize the abortion pill mifepristone.

The Food and Drug Administration erred in easing access to the so-called abortion pill, a federal appeals court ruled Aug. 16 in a decision that will have no impact unless the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.

The Fifth Circuit court reversed a lower court’s ruling that mifepristone should be removed from the market in both its brand name and generic forms.

Dan Darling at the Land Center at Southwestern Seminary says “The promise of these drugs is a clean, “therapeutic” way of eliminating an unwanted pregnancy, but in reality, but in reality they both end the lives of unborn babies and cause damage to women and girls.”
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Current lawsuits by expectant mothers in Texas and Kentucky highlight the complex legal landscape of abortion across the nation. A mother’s address sometimes impacts whether an unborn child is carried to term.

Ethics and Religious Liberty President Brent Leatherwood says state legislatures and the courts should give careful thought to how they shape abortion access.

“Even as we have pushed for the defense of innocent lives, we also know that there are rare times where a doctor must intervene in order to save a mother’s life——-,” Leatherwood told Baptist Press. “But what is the extent of that? That is the question being raised here. It should be answered within a framework that seeks to preserve life.”
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During the holiday season, a natural tendency exists to open the Bible and read the story of Jesus’s birth. But that’s not all Scripture readers are turning to this time of year.

Many also draw comfort and inspiration from Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. Some are also simply reading other portions of Scripture.

Almost all Americans (91%) celebrate Christmas, but only 22% believe they could retell the biblical story of Christmas from memory, according to Lifeway Research. But YouVersion users are spending much of their time on the Bible app during the last two weeks of December engaging with the story of Jesus’s birth.

Verses from Matthew have been among the 10 most popular Bible verses during Christmas nine times in the past five years, according to data from YouVersion. Verses from Luke also made the list six times. Still, Bible readers also frequently turned to Isaiah—making the list seven times over the past five years. Psalms made the list eight times, while John reached it five times and 2 Corinthians four.

Only Isaiah and Luke had a verse top the most popular Bible verse list within the past five years, but a verse from Matthew was the most popular overall.

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