Sunday, August 14, 2011

Christian Living - #3166 - Louisiana Baptists Send Hay to Drought-Weary Texas Farmers - Baptist Press (2) Texas Abortionists Under Investigation - Sonogram Law Under Attack - Citizen Link

Donated bales of hay are making their way from southeastern Louisiana to drought-stricken Texas. It's a mission project started by a member of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Hammond, who asked that his name be withheld. He's retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation, but not from the small spread he farms near Loranger, where about 20 head of beef cattle graze. "I was at home, watching the news, and you could see how bad it [the drought] was out there [in Texas]," the mission project catalyst said. "I love missions and wanted to help. Then I left my house and as I was driving I saw leftover hay from last year in a barn. That's when it hit me: Why don't I find out how many barns have leftover hay they'd donate?" Most everybody did, he found out. "From there it just took off. I started calling Baptist churches in Texas to see who had need, and that's how it started." The donor has been a member of Woodland Park Hammond for about four years, associate pastor Randy Ray said. The haylift ministry focuses on farmers with not too much acreage nor too many cattle. "We're just helping the little guys, those with, say, 20 to 50 head [of cattle]," the mission project catalyst said on Aug. 10. "We've been hauling for three weeks and will continue another three weeks for farmers who have run out of hay and grass.  Read more.......

Texas Abortionists Under Investigation - Sonogram Law Under Attack - Citizen Link - On Wednesday, the Texas Medical Board announced it has scheduled disciplinary hearings for four abortionists caught in an undercover sting operation. Five others have already had hearings scheduled.  The Board will hear the evidence against the latest four on Oct. 28, then decide what disciplinary actions may be taken. Operation Rescue, which conducted the sting between December 2010 and February 2011, filed complaints against 14 abortionists after finding serious health-code violations at a dozen clinics.  “(Some) actually had fetal remains that were accessible by the public,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said. “And that creates a real hazard, a public health hazard.”  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirmed that fetal remains were found in the garbage at Whole Women’s Health clinics in McAllen and Austin. Other infractions included improperly disposing of private patient medical information, violating informed-consent laws, disregarding the 24-hour waiting period, instructing minors to have abortions in neighboring states to avoid Texas’ parental-consent law and mishandling drugs and prescription forms........Thanks to recent legislation, Texas now has one of the strongest pro-life laws in the country: Abortionists must perform ultrasounds, and both personally show and describe the images to the woman. Under the law, if these steps are not taken, the woman cannot have the abortion; exemptions are granted in cases of rape, incest, medical emergency and fetal abnormality.  Read more.......

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