Episode 562

ERLC Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court, Disaster Relief Helps Texas Wildfire Recovery & Everyone Needs Jesus

Mar 11, 2024

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has filed an amicus brief in an upcoming Supreme Court case which will rule on the availability of mifepristone, a drug commonly used in medication abortions. In Canadian, Texas, residents and volunteer fire departments battled the state’s largest wildfire, prompting evacuations. Churches and Disaster Relief teams are aiding in recovery efforts. And, “Everyone needs Jesus.” Tim Dowdy says today we are told that there are an estimated 281 million lost people just in North America.

Transcript

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has filed an amicus brief in an upcoming Supreme Court case which will rule on the availability of mifepristone, a drug commonly used in medication abortions.

The case, Food and Drug Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, will be the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on the issue of abortion since the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022.

The High Court will review an August 2023 decision made by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that placed limitations on the availability and usage of mifepristone. The ruling of the appeals court would end the availability of the drug by mail, allow the drug to be used only through the seventh week of pregnancy (rather than the previous limitation of 10 weeks) and require the drug to be administered in the presence of a physician.

This ruling, put on hold by the Supreme Court until its decision is handed down, would reverse changes the FDA made in 2016 and 2021 that eased conditions for obtaining the drug.

Originally approved by the FDA in 2000, mifepristone is reportedly used for more than half of all abortions in the United States. The drug is made by New-York based Danco Laboratories and is used in combination with a second drug, misoprostol, in medication abortions.
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In Canadian, Texas, residents and volunteer fire departments battled the state’s largest wildfire, prompting evacuations. Churches and Disaster Relief teams are aiding in recovery efforts. They provide shelter, meals, and laundry services to affected individuals. The fires, ignited by power lines, have caused significant damage and two confirmed deaths, highlighting the community’s resilience and the extensive recovery process ahead.

So far more than 11,000 acres have been burned by the fires.
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Every day, hundreds of thousands of people die without the hope of Jesus. Your faithful prayers will make a difference. That’s why the IMB created a free 18-month calendar, called “Impacting Lostness Through Prayer”. It provides guidance, reminders and encouragement as you pray for individuals and communities who have yet to hear the gospel. Learn more about this free resource at IMB.org/prayercalendar.
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“Everyone needs Jesus.” Tim Dowdy says today we are told that there are an estimated 281 million lost people just in North America.

And we know that even 281 million people aren’t beyond the reach of God’s love and grace. God’s plan is simple. … His people are to go and proclaim (tell) of His great salvation! We read this in the Great Commission shared by the resurrected Christ and recorded at the end of the Gospel of Matthew.

Dowdy believes that the next few weeks present great opportunities to share their faith.

Good Friday, Easter and corresponding church services provide wonderful opportunities for believers to share their hope in Jesus with family and friends.

Read the full piece with helpful tips from Tim Dowdy at our website.

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