A Gift and a Curse

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Yesterday for the first time I got to meet the month-old firstborn daughter of friends. She mostly slept through the introduction, which was probably a good thing since the parents, being new to all this, could use the rest.

Although she's happy and healthy and perfect with her tiny fingers, toes, eyes and ears, I couldn't help but notice how fragile this tiny new life is. Like any newborn, she's totally dependent on her parents for everything, including life itself. And she's blessed to have parents who are totally devoted to her. I'm sure she has a bright future ahead of her—brighter than she or most people could possibly imagine!

After seeing her for the first time, I couldn't help but contrast that with the news I'd heard the previous day—that a New York judge had tossed out any restriction on the age a person has to be to purchase, without a prescription, a "morning-after pill" to terminate a pregnancy.

Prior to his ruling a woman had to be at least 17 to legally get the drug. If his ruling stands, a girl as young as 12 or 13—or her male partner—can buy a pill that will cause her body to spontaneously abort her "problem," ending that unborn life.

This follows on the heels of a 2012 decision by the New York Department of Education to make morning-after pills available to schoolgirls as young as 14 without parental consent.

Ironically, if that same 14-year-old were to go her school nurse to get an aspirin for a headache, the nurse would have to get parental permission to do so. But courtesy of this education department, children can be given abortion-inducing drugs without their parents ever knowing.

What a horrifying message to send to girls who are little more than children themselves—that destroying an unborn human life is of such little consequence, or none at all.

What does it say about a society when, on the grounds of protecting citizens' health, a city bans the sale of sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces (a third larger than the most common size), but it allows, and even pays for, abortion-inducing drugs for its schoolchildren?

In what kind of twisted universe does that make sense?

This is the kind of blind and perverse reasoning we see when a people and their leaders increasingly turn their backs on God. As our Creator, He gave us an instruction manual in the form of His Word, the Bible. But rejecting its revelation for how we should live and what makes for a peaceful, purposeful, well-ordered society, we've increasingly decided to create our own rules and ignore the lessons of history—bringing curses on ourselves in the process.

But you don't have to go that way. You can learn from God's Word the awesome purpose of human life, and why abortion is so wrong in His sight. You can know why you are here and why you were born, as described in the cover article of this issue. And you can learn why my friends' tiny newborn daughter, their precious gift from God, has such a bright and wonderful future ahead of her!