Illinois Baptist 07 04 2016 E Edition Page 3 3 July 04, 2016 THE TICKER Follow the latest Illinois Baptist news NEWS Washington, D.C. Abortion advocates cele- brated in June when the U.S. Supreme Court released its 5-3 opinion striking down a Tex- as law which held abortion clinics to a higher standard of care. The New York Times hailed it as the most significant victory in a genera- tion for a womans right to make decisions about her own body. Reaction from pro-life advocates was swift. Russell Moore, president of the SBCs Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said, We lament another legal victory for the abortion lobby, coming at the expense of children, women, and families. Keeping abortion providers accountable should not be a political wedge issue. This ruling is fur- ther proof how much more work the pro-life movement has to do in the cause of life and human dignity. The Supreme Court ruled in Whole Wom- ans Health v. Hellerstedt that the Texas law placed an undue burden on a womans constitutional right to have an abortion. The law had required abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as other outpatient surgical centers, and for its physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius of the clinic. Using the phrase wrong side of that has become popular with progressives, Moore wrote in his June 27 blog post, The Supreme Court today has taken a stand on the wrong side of justice, the wrong side of human dig- nity, and the wrong side of the gospel. In his June 28 podcast Albert Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, condemned the culture that led to the ruling. Abortion is so absolutely central to the sexual revolution- aries and to the moral revolution around us, because if abortion were to be found in any way to be morally wrong, the entire edifice of their moral revolution would fall apart, he said. He also cautioned evangelicals on the Courts creation of constitutional rights. The invention of what was declared to be a womans right to choose abortion in 1973 in the Roe decision set the stage just a year ago for the Court to invent yet another right, and that is the right for two people of the same fender to marry.Once you begin inventing rights, rights are whatever you decide to in- vent. Before the law was enacted there were 41 abortion clinics in Texas; since then, that number has dropped to 19. The ruling affects 13 other states with similar laws in place. For many on both sides of the issue, the rul- ing highlighted the importance of the coming U.S. presidential election, with the possible replacement of up to five justices by the next president. Hillary Clinton , the presump- tive Democratic nominee for president, im- mediately called the decision a victory for women in Texas and across America. The evangelical advisory board for Repub- lican Donald Trump released a statement: In an unprecedented meeting last week with American Christian leaders, Donald J. Trump promised to only appoint pro-life justices. We commend him and pray that the tragedy of todays ruling will not be repeated in subsequent administrations. Trump him- self has not made any comment on the high courts ruling, to the chagrin of many evan- felicals. Abortion ruling makes access easier Split opinion shows importance of future High Court nominees Recent actions affecting freedom of conscience' Mississippi marriage clerks A federal judge ruled June 27 county clerks in Mississippi cannot cite their religious beliefs as a reason to recuse themselves from issuing mar- riage licenses to same-sex couples. The ruling prevents the state from enforcing HB 1523, the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Gov- ernment Discrimination Act." The bill was passed in response to last summer's Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Illinois doctors A bill awaiting Governor Bruce Rauner's signa- ture would require medical professionals, regard- less of their religious beliefs, to refer patients for procedures such as abortion, sterilization, and some end-of-life protocols. Prior to the end of the spring session, Illinois state lawmakers passed SB 1564, which amends the Health Care Right of Conscience Act. Washington pharmacists The U.S. Supreme Court announced June 28 it would not consider an appeal by pro-life pharmacists of a lower court decision requiring them to dispense abortion caus- ing drugs. They ar- gued the requirement violates their First Amendment rights for the free exercise of religion. The jus- tices' refusal to review the federal appeals court opinion apparently will force the closure of Christian family-owned Ralph's Thriftway Pharmacy in Olympia, Washington, and the departure from the profession or state of the other pharmacists in the case. Three justices dissented, describing it as "an ominous sign." "If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern," Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote on behalf of the dissenters. -, Illinois Family Institute, Baptist Press the briefing

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