Is Abortion mentioned in the Bible?
We’ve all heard the arguments for and against ending a pregnancy. I remember listening to lectures that an abortion was simply removing “tissue” from a woman, nothing more. We’ve heard the arguments that it is a woman’s right to choose whether to continue the pregnancy or end it. Many, many of those women who fought hard for that right to end pregnancies are now on the other side, by the way. I’m going to give you what Scripture has to say about this.
Let me begin by saying that it truly must be tough to find oneself pregnant in an unplanned series of events. Of course I know a woman doesn’t just “find herself pregnant”. In most cases (except rape and other circumstances), it involveddecisions to engage in sex, maybe in a moment of uncontrolled passion or even drunkenness or under the influence of drugs. And now more decisions have to be made. It is unfortunate that all too often the man involved is nowhere to be found, unless he too may be urging abortion. But all of us have to live with consequences of the life decisions we make. I do, you do, and we all do.
The huge difference is that this decision – to abort or not – involves the taking of life.
Even the 1973 landmark decision of Roe v. Wade – “Roe”, the woman on which it was based, who claimed to have been gang raped, now wishes she can recant. She says now there was no gang rape, but they wanted to have the best case for the pro-abortion folks. In Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Justice Blackmum wrote the majority opinion allowing abortion in the first trimester. The original opinion allowed restrictions in the 2nd and 3rd trimester to protect what was called the “potential” life of whatever was growing in the pregnant woman.
“Jane Roe” was Norma McCorvey and she’s come out of the closet. She was painted at the time as a poor, destitute 21 year old pregnant woman who could not afford a legal California abortion or an illegal one in Texas. So her case was used as the litmus test. Many don’t realize that before this case every reached the Supreme Court, Norma had already had her baby and put her daughter up for adoption. Ironically, there’s a living woman in her early 40’s today who is alive because “Roe” – Norma Wade – gave birth to her, while millions upon millions of unborn babies have had their lives ended, all in the name of a woman’s right to privacy and to choose – after she became pregnant.
Since that 1973 decision, Norma McCorvey (“Roe”) had her baby, told Washington Times columnist Carl Rowan in 1987 that she gave false testimony. She admits now that she lied about the 1969 account of being raped by three men and a woman. She confesses now that never happened. She confessed in 1987 that she became pregnant by her boyfriend. Since Roe v. Wade, “Roe” – Norma McCorvey – has participated in numerous anti-abortion rallies. Had you heard or read about that? You can easily research this and confirm it. God bless her! She’s trying to help undo this horrible landmark case any way she can.
There was another case – a Sandra Bensing – who was also part of that landmark decision. She has never had an abortion. This was not her original intent. Both women now admit to having been manipulated by lawyers seeking to overturn state anti-abortion laws.
Since then, sex education in schools has proliferated. But has the number of unwanted teen pregnancies gone down or up? Has morality improved or gone south?
In the meantime, the debate of when human life begins continues to rage. Does human life begin at conception? Or is it – as many say – at first breath? Is it somewhere in the middle, when the fetus’ heart begins to beat?
True enough; an embryo hardly looks “human” in the first 30-40 days. But certainly, we know it’s not a carrot, or a dog or a flea. It is alive, it is growing, and it is not dead. And it’s inside its mother’s womb, a human mother. The embryo has a beating heart within a few weeks after conception. And by day 50, this new growth looks like a human being.
Today in some states, there are doctors performing abortions even into the 9th month! I’ve read testimony and watched videos of nurses who had to leave the abortion clinics because there were fully formed babies being removed and put into garbage cans, left to cry and wail until they died. But its mother has a right to privacy and can determine to end pregnancy, some say – and so the killing continues.
If you’ve never watched an abortion on YouTube, maybe once you should. It will break your heart as parts of the unborn baby are cut out or salted out – and the human life removed by the best available means. If you’re brave enough to learn about and watch a “partial birth abortion”, you’ll cry your eyes out and never think of abortion casually again. It’s called a “D&E Procedure” and I don’t even want to describe it on this website, it is so horrific.
WHAT the ETERNAL GOD SAYS
Scripture is very clear that Yahweh considers an embryo and/or a fetus to be equivalent to a human adult life!
Exodus 21:22-23 says, if someone hurts a pregnant woman and she miscarries as a result, the LIFE of the man who strikes her is required! That makes it clear that God considered the unborn fetus or embryo as valuable human life. Let’s read it:
Exodus 21:22-23 "If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman's husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life.”
King David also considered his life before birth to be a human life, known and watched over by Yahweh himself.