AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  NEWSLETTER – INTERNATIONAL NEWS 30th SEPTEMBER 2013

THE  OFFICE  OF  THE  AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  IS  CURRENTLY  CLOSED  FOR  A  PERIOD  OF  6  WEEKS  TO  ENABLE  STAFF  TO  UNDERTAKE  STRATEGIC  PRAYER  ASSIGNMENTS  IN  THE  MIDDLE  EAST  AND  TO  TAKE  A  SHORT  BREAK  AT  THE  END  TO  RECOVER  FROM  THE  INTENSE  PERIOD  OF  ACTIVITY  AND  PRAYER.  PRE-PREPARED  EDITIONS  OF  INTERNATIONAL NEWS  WILL CONTINUE  TO BE  PUBLISHED  DURING  THIS  TIME  BUT  IN  AN  ABRIDGED  FORM.   INTERNATIONAL  NEWS  WILL RESUME  FULL PUBLICATION  ON  MONDAY  11th  NOVEMBER.
 

  • ABORTION CLINICS CLOSING AT UNPRECEDENTED RATE IN U.S.
  • CHURCH IN NORTHERN INDA GROWS STRONGER DESPITE PERSECUTION
     

ABORTION CLINICS CLOSING AT UNPRECEDENTED RATE IN U.S.

For Abby Johnson, the closing of a single Planned Parenthood centre demonstrated her dramatic reversal from abortion clinic director to leading pro-life advocate. But for pro-lifers throughout the United States, it marked another exhibit in a hopeful trend — abortion centres are shutting down at an unprecedented rate. The total so far this year is 44, according to a pro-life organization that tracks clinic operations. None was more telling for Johnson than the closing of the Planned Parenthood centre in Bryan, Texas. It came less than four years after Johnson, burdened by her involvement with abortion, walked out of that clinic as its director and into the offices of the Coalition for Life.”

Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life,” Johnson said in a written statement after the announcement of the shutdown. “From running that facility, to then advocating for its closure, and now celebrating that dream … it shows that my life has indeed come full circle.” Since her celebrated conversion from Planned Parenthood director, Johnson has started a ministry to help workers leave the abortion industry. She has pledged to “fight until every abortion clinic in this country has shut its doors.”

This year, 42 clinics that provided surgical abortions have shut their doors, and two that offered chemical abortions by drugs also have closed, according to Operation Rescue, which monitors closings and health and safety violations by clinics nationwide. That number far surpasses the 25 surgical clinics shutdown last year and the 30 in 2011, by Operation Rescue’s count. Some of the shutdowns have been of major clinics. For instance, Virginia’s No. 1 abortion provider shut down after state and local governments enacted regulations the abortion provider appeared unable to meet. The northern Virginia clinic performed 3,066 abortions in 2012 and 3,567 in 2011.

The reasons given for the upswing in closings are varied even among pro-lifers. They include the increasing state regulation and oversight of clinics, a growth in pro-life opinion and activity, and a decline in the abortion rate. In some cases, clinics have shut down when abortion doctors retired or were no longer licensed. State legislatures enacted 69 pro-life laws this year, according to a report by Americans United for Life. The legislative action this year continued a recent trend in states. Seventy”life-affirming measures” became law in 2011 and 38 in 2012. according to Americans United for Life (AUL).

Some measures have targeted making the procedure and clinics safer for women, and have helped escalate the number of clinic shutdowns. This year, some states have passed laws requiring abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards as outpatient surgical centres. Also, in 2013, North Dakota and Wisconsin joined Alabama and Texas in mandating abortion doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. While pro-lifers assert the laws are for the protection of women, abortion rights advocates argue their purpose is to stop abortion. Regardless, the result appears to be abortion clinics are being held accountable in ways they have not been previously.

“Considering the growing body of medical evidence confirming the health risks of abortion for women, abortion cannot be left in the hands of an unmonitored, unregulated and uncaring industry feeding off fear and federal subsidies,” AUL President Charmaine Yoest said in a written statement. The Guttmacher Institute, a research organization affiliated with the abortion rights movement, charged that such laws “are a solution in search of a problem, a cynical ploy to advance an agenda that seeks to make it more and more difficult for women to obtain an abortion, with the ultimate goal of eliminating U.S. women’s access to safe and legal abortion.”

Source: Intercessors for America

 

CHURCH IN NORTHERN INDA GROWS STRONGER DESPITE PERSECUTION

Although persecution from the Hindu militant extremists against Christians has been on the increase, the Church in Northern India seems to be holding steady and – in fact – growing.  The latest form of persecution against Christians has come from the government in the guise of a law ironically titled the “Freedom of Religion Bill.”  The bill and others like it, make it illegal for a person to convert to Christianity without permission from the government. Penalties include fines and jail time.

One pastor in the region, Pastor R. Abraham, who co-founded the New India Church of God, said that people in the area aren’t necessarily antagonistic toward Believers. “When you are working among the common man, he is not that hostile because people are looking for answers, they are looking for God,” said the pastor. Abraham added, “When you bring the salvation, the healing, the blessings from Jesus, the common people always respond to the Gospel. Otherwise we can’t do the work.”

Source: CBN News