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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Abortions in the state of Indiana fell five percent in 2019 as compared to 2018, according to a report from the Indiana State Department of Health.

According to The Chrisitan Post, the annual Indiana Terminated Pregnancy Report found that a total of 7,637 abortions were performed in the state in 2019. In 2018, that number was 8,037.

“While we cannot specifically point to any one reason why abortion numbers dropped overall in 2019, we are encouraged in knowing that 400 fewer children were aborted in Indiana last year. That’s the equivalent of an entire graduating class in many Indiana high schools,” said Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.

The drop in numbers is the lowest number of abortions reported in the state since 2016, according to Indiana Right to Life.

“Yet our hearts are still broken knowing that 7,637 children were denied the right to be born, and an untold number of women now bear the physical, emotional and spiritual burdens of those abortion decisions,” Fichter said.

“Meanwhile, abortion businesses in Indiana continue to enjoy a multimillion-dollar revenue stream at the expense of innocent babies. The lives of all unborn children matter. We will continue to work for the day when not a single abortion is done in our state.”

Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court sent back a case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Indiana to review whether mothers should be shown an ultrasound image of the child before an abortion and if underage women should require parental notification before the abortion procedure.

The report also found:

  • Marion County reported the most abortions with 5,669. Second and third were Lake Country County with 994 abortions and Monroe County with 816 abortions, respectively.
  • The average age of a woman who had an abortion was 26.8 years.
  • About 86 percent of the women who had an abortion in 2019 were unmarried.
  • About 90 percent of the women had at least a high school diploma or GED.


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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Jeremiah Johnson of Jeremiah Johnson Ministries is temporarily suspending his online ministry after he says God visited him.

“I was recently visited by the Lord in a very significant way while seeking Him about the future of the prophetic ministry he has given me,” he said in a letter to his followers published on Facebook Monday morning.

“After much prayer and careful consideration, I have decided to suspend all our online ministry activities for the next two weeks as I meet with our nine staff members and begin to unpack the radical shift that God is asking for in this next season,” he added.

In his note this week, Johnson said he will make “one final announcement” about the future of his ministry on March 8.

"I covet your prayers for my family and our ministry staff in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thank you for your patience and support."

Johnson was one of many several high-profile Christian leaders who inaccurately predicted that former President Donald Trump would win a second term in office.

“I would like to repent for inaccurately prophesying that Donald Trump would win a second term as the President of the United States. I refuse to blame the saints and say, ‘It didn’t come to pass because they did not pray enough.’ Nor will I proclaim, ‘Donald Trump actually won, so I was right, but now it has been stolen from him,’” Johnson said in an apology online.

He admitted that he “missed what God was saying.”

“I specifically want to apologize to any believer in whom I have now caused potential doubt concerning the voice of God and His ability to speak to His people. As a human being, I missed what God was saying; however, rest assured, God Himself is NOT a liar and His written Word should always be the foundation and source of our lives as Christians.”


Prophetic Movement Must Repent of 'Idolatry' of Trump and Politics, Jeremiah Johnson Says

h/t: The Christian Post

Photo courtesy: ©Jeremiah Johnson Ministries Facebook

Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

(RNS) — The United Methodist Church has once again postponed its quadrennial meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delaying further a widely anticipated vote by delegates from across the globe on a proposal to split the denomination over the inclusion of LGBTQ members.

The United Methodist Church General Conference now is scheduled for Aug. 29 to Sept. 6, 2022, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis.

This is the second time the denomination, one of the largest in the United States, has rescheduled the meeting of its top decision-making body, which will gather 862 delegates and other United Methodists from around the world.

The quadrennial meeting had originally been set for May 5 to 15 of last year, also in Minneapolis. That meeting was rescheduled for Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, 2021, when the Minneapolis Convention Center announced it was restricting events.

Delegates to the General Conference are expected to take up a proposal to split the denomination called “A Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation.” The proposal, negotiated by 16 United Methodist bishops and advocacy group leaders from across theological divides, would create a new conservative “traditionalist” Methodist denomination that would receive $25 million over the next four years.

Calls to split one of the largest denominations in the United States have grown since the 2019 special session of the United Methodist General Conference approved the so-called Traditional Plan strengthening the church’s bans on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ United Methodists.

The Commission on the General Conference made the latest decision to reschedule the General Conference at its meeting on Feb. 20, according to the denomination. Commissioners decided they were not able to assure full participation of all General Conference delegates, who travel from across the globe, in either an in-person or a virtual meeting.

The pandemic remains a threat as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and a vaccine is not expected to be widely available this year in many countries, the denomination noted. New variants of the virus, including one originating in South Africa, also have been reported.

The denomination also considered how the pandemic complicates travel for delegates from outside the U.S. International travelers to the U.S. must show proof of negative COVID-19 test results, but testing is not free or readily available in many places. Visa services also remain limited in some places.

The Commission on the General Conference explored the possibility of holding the meeting virtually, as much of life has been lived online during the past pandemic year. However, a Technology Study Team report laid out a number of issues with a such a meeting, including a lack of infrastructure and technology in some places, concerns about credentialing and verifying the identity of voters and the security of voting.

The study team did suggest delegates could use mail-in ballots to vote on emergency actions, according to the denomination.


Article originally published by Religion News Service. Used with permission.

Photo courtesy: ©RNS/Kit Doyle