Since the Middle Ages, “baby boxes,” have often been placed outside churches and hospitals, giving unprepared women a way to anonymously give up their child. Today’s boxes are much safer than they were hundreds of years ago. They sit full of soft blankets with an alarm inside that triggers the hospital when a baby is placed inside, instantly alerting caregivers to the new patient.
However, Russia has recently declared that it is considering a ban on the “baby boxes.” The UN Committee for child rights has recently condemned the boxes that are present all over Europe. They claim that the boxes encourage negligence, but some are worried that without the boxes, babies may be abandoned somewhere much less safe. Supporters of the “baby boxes” believe that the boxes have significantly cut down on the amount of infant deaths. Babies that are delivered to the boxes are taken care of and hopefully placed into loving homes.
However, opponents of the boxes believe that they encourage dangerous, secret, at-home births. Since the boxes encourage anonymity, many believe that girls are not even going to hospitals to have their babies, instead giving birth in unsafe conditions. The government is hoping by eliminating the “birth boxes” and setting up accessible family planning services, these dangerous births will diminish. They also hope to provide counseling and better social support for young women with surprise pregnancies.
At the same time, the Russian Orthodox Church has come forward with a petition to ban abortions from the National Health Insurance System. Currently, 90% of the abortions that take place in Russia are carried out through state clinics.
The pro-life vs. pro-choice debate has been a large part of this year’s elections, but it is clear that it is an issue around the world. And it’s not the only major issue being debated these days. What does the Bible say?
“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.'”
“But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace.”
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
No matter where you turn in the Bible, we see that God values life, even before it is born! He has a purpose and a plan for each of those precious little babies. Join us as we pray for those around the world who are making decisions on behalf of the unborn and the newborns. Pray for the new mothers who are scared and not sure what to do. And pray that all would see the value of life.
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