Sunday, April 3, 2011

Japan Earthquake - #2781 - Japan Teams Enter Disaster Zone, Find No Radiation - Baptist Press (2) Protecting Life at Every Stage - Citizen Link

It took six days for Southern Baptist disaster relief specialists from Alabama and South Carolina to gain access to Japan's tsunami- and earthquake-stricken Tohoku prefecture. It only took a few minutes, however, for them to understand the intense fears surrounding the nuclear crisis and how it affects disaster response. Hardly anyone was at the Tokyo airport when John Hayes of Birmingham, Ala., and Eddie Pettit of Sunset, S.C., arrived March 19. With no traffic, the bus trip into town took only an hour that Saturday, a ride that normally takes two or more. Even the busiest crosswalk in the country only mustered 15 to 20 people. Normally this corner is a sea of hundreds dressed in black business suits, jockeying for space to cross the street. Read more.......  

Protecting Life at Every Stage - Citizen Link - As America remembers the life of Terri Schiavo — who died six years ago today after 13 days of court-ordered dehydration — family advocates across the nation are taking steps to protect life at every stage. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican and longtime life advocate, is getting ready to sign two pro-life bills that received overwhelming support in the Legislature. One would protect babies after the 22nd week of pregnancy; the other would require a minor to have parental consent before an abortion. “It’s a tremendous day,” Republican state Rep. Lance Kinzer told The Kansas City Star. “It’s been a long road for the pro-life movement in Kansas to get to this stage — not just a matter of years, but going back decades.” For many years, pro-life legislation would disappear on the desk of then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who now is President Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services.  Read more.........

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