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Israel Will Pay for Some Elective Abortions.

Israel will pay for elective abortions starting next year for all women ages 20 to 33 — and could ultimately extend the age limit, making coverage universal, Haaretz reported Monday.

The Israeli newspaper said the proposal came from a committee that determines what medicines and medical technologies will be added to a so-called “health basket” for 2014.

Until now, subsidized abortions for women of all ages were available only in medical emergencies or in cases of rape and sexual abuse; women under 20 or over 40 were also eligible even if the reason was personal, the newspaper noted.

The proposal must be approved by the country’s Health Ministry, and then by its cabinet. Even if approved, women would still have to go before a state committee before terminating a pregnancy, the newspaper reported.

According to Haaretz, the new rule would allow state-funded abortions for an additional 6,300 women next year, at a cost of about $4.6 million.

“It was brought to our attention that there is a large group of women between 20 and 40 who for various reasons – financial or reasons of secrecy – do not terminate pregnancies,” health committee head Jonathan Halevy said, the newspaper reported.

“In the current [health] basket we’ve approved funding for pregnancy termination for women in the 20-to-33 age group, with the intention of completing the process . . . and raising the age to 40.”

Contraceptives are not paid for by the government because “when we’re talking about financing for the entire population, that’s a hefty sum,” Halevy said.

Although ending a pregnancy is technically illegal in Israel, punishable by up to five years in prison, there are several exceptions under which abortion is permitted.

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By Cathy Burke

Abortionists Must Notify Parents of Teens Before Procedure, Illinois High Court Rules.


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The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a state law requiring that a parent be notified 48 hours before a girl under the age of 18 gets an abortion. (© Dolnikow/

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a state law requiring that a parent be notified 48 hours before a girl under the age of 18 gets an abortion.

The Parental Notification Act of 1995, which has been at the center of a lengthy legal battle, requires doctors who perform abortions to notify parents 48 hours before the procedure unless there is a medical emergency.



Reporting By Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Gerald E. McCormic

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In the Time of Need.

 “Grace to help in a time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NAS) Grace reminds us of an ambulance coming to treat someone with a medical emergency.

 The paramedics offer assistance to the victim on the spot.

 They dispense immediate grace to the most serious symptoms.

Then they slide them into the ambulance, which is equipped with more grace – more medical facilities – to deal with the problem.

And as the paramedics are administering more grace to the patient, the ambulance races to the hospital where even more grace awaits.

 And once the patient is admitted, the hospital keeps dispensing grace to meet the need until the problem has been addressed and the patient can go home again.

As the beloved hymn goes: “‘Twas Grace that brought me safe thus far, and Grace will lead me home.

” One day Jesus heard our emergency call: “I am a sinner and I need a Savior.

” He came to earth, found us dying in sin and reached down to save us.

And as our High Priest, He also transported us from where we were, to a place that has all the grace we will ever need as long as we live, until we are finally and fully restored at the resurrection and go home with Him.

So, how can we have a Savior and High Priest like this and not draw near to Him in prayer? “But I’m tired” you say.

 That’s ok, just draw near.

 “But you don’t understand.

I’m hurting and I feel like quitting.

” Others may not understand, but Jesus does.

 Just draw near to Him.

 He will meet you where you are, then take you to where He is – before the throne that dispenses grace!

By Bishop E. Earl Jenkins.

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