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Live 4D Ultrasound Planned for Times Square

Focus on the Family will be broadcasting a live, in-real-time 4D ultrasound of an unborn baby on giant jumbotrons in Times Square May 4 in response to New York’s extreme abortion law and attempts to pass similar legislation in Virginia.

Focus’ goal is to encourage the world to value the sanctity of life and promote a culture that will help women choose life. “Times Square is known as ‘The Crossroads of the World’ and we’re at a crossroad as a nation regarding life,” says Focus on the Family President Jim Daly. “Do we really want to be part of the Abortion Axis of Evil – like China, North Korea, and Vietnam that allows abortion for any reason after 20 weeks? We’re hearing from people all over the country who are disgusted by the blatant disregard for life. Enough is enough!”

Research shows that as many as 54-percent of pregnant women will choose not to abort after seeing a 4D image of their unborn baby.

The Focus on the Family presentation, Alive From New York, will also include live music and special guest speakers. To find out more or to sign the Declaration for Life petition, go here.

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New York Governor Hopes to Lift Ban on Commercial Surrogacy

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo—fresh from signing legislation allowing abortions even if the infant is born alive—said that he would ask the Legislature to repeal the law banning paid surrogacy contracts that his father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, put in place in 1992.

If passed, the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA) would allow New Yorkers to pay a woman to carry to term a child conceived through in-vitro fertilization. Surrogates can get paid as much as $50,000 to carry a baby to term. This LGBT-supported bill would also expand the definition of parent to include same-sex parents.

“New York’s antiquated laws frankly are discriminatory against all couples struggling with fertility, same sex or otherwise,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This measure rights this wrong and creates a new and long-overdue path for them to start families . . .”.

However, Kathleen Gallagher, the New York Catholic Conference director of pro-life activities, said, “This is the buying and selling of children and the exploitation of women. There are going to be poor women exploited by wealthy couples.”

Beyond making children a commodity, Gov. Cuomo’s legislation would be putting a stamp of approval on the creation of families in which the child is intentionally deprived of a mother for the emotional well-being of adults.

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New NY Legislation Allows for Abortion Until Birth

On the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act into law, making it legal to abort babies until birth in the Empire State.

The new law also allows non-doctors to perform abortions, erases the state’s recognition of preborn babies older than 24 weeks as potential homicide victims, and removes abortion from the penal code entirely.

Gov. Cuomo, after receiving a standing ovation from those in the room, stated, “The most aggressive women’s equality platform in the nation is going to be in law in this state. And that’s the way it should be.”

The choice of the word “aggressive” should make those of us who are pro-life cringe. Live Action leader Lila Rose said it well: “This is no different than infanticide.”

Gov. Cuomo later ordered the One World Trade Center spire to be lit up in pink overnight to mark the enshrining of the “fundamental right” to abortion in New York state law. How ironic that this same building holds a memorial to eleven unborn children who were victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

“It’s unconscionable,” said Nashville-area resident and board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Omar Hamada about New York’s abortion law when interviewed by FOX News. “It does go against what we do as physicians in terms of saving lives and comforting patients.” Hamada also explained that while liberals try to justify third-trimester abortions, late-term abortions are never necessary to save the life of the mother.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks at the start of the Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26, 2014.

Has Evangelicalism Unwittingly Aided Cuomo and NY’s Abortion Law?

Many in Tennessee and across the nation are appalled at the callousness toward human life underlying the abortion-to-the-moment-of-delivery law passed by New York’s legislature and praised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But does today’s version of evangelicalism have a good basis upon which to object?

What makes me ask the question is the statement Gov. Cuomo made about how he, as a Catholic, could support the law:

I have my own Catholic beliefs, how I live my life … That is my business as a Catholic. I don’t govern as a Catholic. I don’t legislate as a Catholic.

Before any Protestant heaps scorn on either Gov. Cuomo’s views or the theology of the Catholic Church, a little self-examination is in order.

Catholic theology, as I understand it, has tended to see God’s grace as bringing a donum superadditum to nature, a gift (of grace) added on top of the natural creation instead of a gift (of grace) that restores and renews a fallen and corrupted creation. This is a form of dualism that distinguishes between the natural order of things, often called the “secular” realm, and the spiritual realm. That’s what I think Gov. Cuomo was describing.

But is this dualism not also rampant within much of what we today call evangelicalism?

The Scriptures about the Christian setting his or her mind on heavenly things, keeping himself or herself unspotted from the world, and Christ’s Kingdom not being “of this world” have been interpreted by many of today’s evangelicals to reflect a dualism not unlike that which I described.

Today a number of evangelical Christians abandon the “secular realm” as “worldly,” “profane,” and “secular” for “spiritual” pursuits like Bible reading, prayer, and faithful church attendance, not even realizing they are disconnecting the Bible from anything other than the inner spiritual world of the individual and the petition that God’s Kingdom “come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven” from the Lord’s Prayer. Sure, Christians everywhere recite that prayer, but many spiritualize the “Kingdom come” to the point it has no present earthly meaning.

Many strains of modern evangelicalism have effectively washed statements in the Bible like those noted above through a thoroughly Platonic view of reality, which saw the material world as less good than the immaterial (spiritual) world. This kind of view of the world, when joined with a belief that the salvific work of Jesus Christ was limited to an internal spiritual-only redemption of the individual, would certainly justify a “Protestant” version of Gov. Cuomo’s statement!

Christians need to reject this false dualism. Those who do and who engage the culture (and its politicians) do not see themselves as “polishing the brass on a sinking ship,” a statement attributed to a noted 20th-century evangelist.

Rather, they see themselves doing what Adam was first called to do in Genesis. As descendants of the second Adam, Jesus Christ, (1 Corinthians 15:45), they work toward and look forward to a final consummation of all things that will bring about a new heaven and earth, one that will be fully restored from the effect of Adam’s sin.

Evangelical leaders who insist on a Platonic, dualistic view of the world and see grace as just an add-on to life to help them hang on until they can escape to heaven better expect more of their ranks to join with Gov. Cuomo over time.

After all, it will be “good news” for them when they realize their “brand” of evangelical theology will allow them to go along with the world and avoid being labeled intolerant, backward, and uneducated so long as they don’t personally have an abortion and just believe in their heart that abortion is wrong.


David Fowler served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President in 2006. Read David’s complete bio.

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New York City Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates Become a Reality

This week a New York City law went into effect that allows adults to change their birth certificates to reflect either “male,” “female,” or the so-called gender-neutral “X” and gives parents the same options for their newborns.

New Yorkers no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider to change their sex on their birth certificates. No gender reassignment surgery necessary.

“You be you. Live your truth. And know that New York City will have your back,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said after signing the measure into law last October.

California, Oregon, Washington state, and New Jersey (in February) also have similar laws.

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