Samantha Gobba

Samantha reports on the pro-life movement for WORLD Digital.

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Gatlinburg churches, residents survey fire damage

Disaster | ‘We need our great God,’ says Tennessee Baptist director
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/02/16, 05:31 pm

As some residents of Gatlinburg, Tenn., return to their fire-ravaged city, churches and other charities are gearing up to help.

Wildfires in eastern Tennessee destroyed nearly 18,000 acres and 700 homes and businesses and killed at least 13 people. The fires began last Wednesday along Chimney Tops Trail, a popular hiker destination in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Abortion groups challenge restrictions in three states

Abortion | Lawsuits aim to strike down the 20-week abortion ban and regulations on abortionists
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/01/16, 05:48 pm

Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocacy groups filed lawsuits Wednesday challenging abortion regulations in Alaska, Missouri, and North Carolina.

The lawsuits challenge three types of restrictions, from requirements for abortionists to a 20-week abortion ban.

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Ontario turns parenting into a group affair

Family | New law allows birth certificates to include up to four adults
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 11/30/16, 01:37 pm

Children in Ontario, Canada, may now have up to four legal parents, none of which must be birth parents, under a bill passed by the legislature Tuesday.

Under the All Families are Equal Act, same-sex couples or a group of up to four adults who agree to have a child, whether through a surrogate mother or artificial insemination, will be legally viewed as parents without any adoption process. They simply must sign a contract to co-parent before the child is conceived.

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