Chuck Frank

Quite a few years ago PPJ Gazette republished one of my articles which dealt with ecological and environmental issues with regard to saving the Yellow Legged Frog and the Yosemite Toad in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range situated in the higher mountains of California. The concern of the Fish and Wildlife agency at the time was saving those two species who’s populations were supposedly dwindling because of certain species of trout which were supposedly eating the tadpoles before they could develop.

Consequently, a plan to eradicate thousands of fish in the Sierra streams and lakes was undertaken. The eradication was either done though electrocution, netting, or poisoning the water. Finally, one million of these acres affected and their waterways and lakes were designated for the Yellow legged frog and the Yosemite toad, even when no hard evidence of a connection between trout and tadpoles had been found.

However, the point here is that even though fish and anglers were affected there was no mercy for the fish who was seen as the hypothetical and unwanted predator and meant to finally be eradicated. This kind of thinking which was then evident and now more than ever, shows far more concern for the life of a frog than other forms of life. And I may add that the direction that the country is presently going lends itself to an even greater concern which is now the life of the unborn child.

Delving deeper into this matter, I am familiar with a lady and a long time friend of mine, Mary Lou Porter who lost one of her son’s to cancer and then her 16 year old daughter by the name of Delane, in an automobile accident. In spite of these overwhelming tragedies and loss of life, Mary Lou began to think about what could be done to save lives. She decided to open up her house and take in teens who were pregnant with a child, in order to then save those unborn from being aborted. Her goal was to save 100 babies which she did through those many years of having that outreach that also included her late husband, Ed Porter. Incidentally, the name of Mary Lou’s house was called “The Lane” which was named after her lost daughter, Delane.

But here is where the story really gets interesting.

Mary Lou Porter, who resides in Northern California was originally from New York. Can anything good come out of New York? Absolutely, and is there not a lesson that may be learned here for the state of New York? While even unborn frogs and toads and many other species have rights, does not an unborn child also have a right? Although, there are those who do not agree with this, I will encourage you now to look a lot deeper through the eyes of reason which says that a wide road leads to destruction while there is another road such as The Lane that leads to life for an unborn child.

As it is written,

“For You have formed me in my mother’s womb, I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”

Psalm 139:13-16 NKJ

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.