If you live along the Atlantic Coast of Florida, your life is interrupted for eight months every year. Any condo, house or trailer within walking distance of a beach lives under a strict ordinance. Florida’s state Game and Wild Life Department restricts outdoor landscaping lights of any kind. If you are wondering why, this law has been enacted to save the lives of future sea turtles. During the hatching process, lights draw the attention of newly born turtles. To ensure baby sea turtles make it back to the ocean, local authorities constantly warn residence about outdoor lighting. While hatchings usually don’t occur until May, the state of Florida has taken extreme measures for eight months to save the lives of baby sea turtles.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations,” Jeremiah 1:5.
Meanwhile, the states of New York and Virginia have made national headlines for a different reason this week. A 2019 New York abortion bill has extended a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy from the third trimester all the way leading up to giving birth. A similar abortion bill in Virginia was tabled after losing five to three during a committee meeting vote. The Virginia legislation is said to be more humane, allowing woman to give birth, resuscitate the child if necessary, keep this newborn warm before ending it’s life. Each of these bills give doctor’s, medical staff and women giving birth the authority to abort whenever deemed necessary.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them, Psalm 139:13-16.
These contrasting stories lead me to one question, whose life is worth saving? Do Americans care more about pets and turtles than newborn babies? Furthermore, how did this country reach this point? How can we devalue the miracle of giving birth while giving more rights to animals without a soul? Maybe it’s too late for this discussion, but I care too much about this country to see it wander into an immoral abyss. I’m not sure what the answer is, but prayer is definitely one of the solutions. May the Lord have mercy on the United States as future voters contemplate which leaders will have the boldness, courage and fortitude to steer this nation back where God desires.
by Jay Mankus