Liberty University, the Christian evangelical college founded by the late television pastor and pro-family spokesman Jerry Falwell as an extension of his Lynchburg, Virginia congregation in 1971, has taken its place as the nation’s eighth largest, four-year university and the largest private four-year, non-profit university in the United States, the school announced in a press release on March 28.
At this writing, a piece of state legislation in Maryland, HB 235, has passed the state House in Annapolis and is poised to be fast-tracked through the state Senate via the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee within a matter of days. Conveniently, there will be no public hearing on the Senate side, because there is no Senate version of the bill. This is not exactly an anomaly, but it’s not Standard Operating Procedure, either.
In what an abortion research group has called a first in the United States, pro-life Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed legislation outlawing abortion based on the race or gender of a baby.
On March 29 the Indiana State Senate overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage. The 40-to-10 vote came on the heels of passage of the amendment in the state House by a 70 to 26 margin. “The basic unit of our society is a family, and I think the cornerstone of a family is a marriage, a man and a woman having children,” said the bill’s sponsor, Republican State Senator Dennis Kruse.
Ellen McCormack, a two-time presidential candidate who was drawn into the race because of her pro-life beliefs, has died at 84. McCormack's son John recalled that his mother was first prompted to enter the pro-life movement when she was pregnant with him and suffered from a serious heart ailment. “The doctors were recommending that she have an abortion and she refused, and that was her inspiration to enter that cause,” he told the New York Daily News.