“Good news,” Solomon tells us, “puts fat on the bones” (Proverbs 15:30). Well, many of us likely would prefer having some fat removed from our bones – but the essential idea remains true across the centuries. Good news, whether anticipated or not, is like food to a starving man.
Some of us have felt pretty starved of late. The reelection of President Obama, the victory of same-sex “marriage” in three states, and 55 million unborn children lost after four decades of Roe v. Wade have been discouraging to many concerned Christians. And believers, though redeemed, are still human: We need encouragement as much as anyone else.
That’s why the news from the states is so welcome. Here are some updates from just the past two months that should remind each of us that our labor is far from in vain:
• Following testimony last month by FRC’s Dr. David Prentice and Anna Higgins, J.D., the North Dakota legislature approved five of six pro-life bills under consideration. Included was a measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy due to scientific evidence that babies of that age and older can experience pain. Arkansas’ Senate and House passed a similar “fetal pain” bill in February.
• On December 31, 2012, Texas Judge Gary Harger ruled that the Lone Star State was within its rights to deny state funding to doctors and clinics that encourage abortion. And as Gov. Rick Perry said of Judge Harger's ruling, "The Texas Attorney General's office will continue to defend the Texas Legislature's decision to prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from receiving taxpayer dollars through the Women's Health Program."
• “Planned Parenthood [has] announced it will be closing four [Wisconsin] clinics … due to state funding cuts. All four locations offer the morning-after pill, which can induce an abortion."
• The Supreme Court of Alabama, in a January ruling, upheld “the widespread legal recognition that unborn children are persons with rights [and] should be protected by law.”
• In Florida, a Senate committee defeated a “domestic partnership” bill that would undermine marriage. Wyoming defeated one earlier this month.