What Does the Bible Say about Abortion?

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Pro-abortionists sometimes claim that there is nothing forbidding abortion in the Bible.  For example:

  • Ex-priest Daniel C. Maguire says, “There has been no systematic thinking in Jewish Christian tradition on abortion.  There is nothing in the Bible on it.”1
  • Roy Bowen Ward, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at Miami University of Ohio, writes, “One thing the Bible does not say is ‘Thou shalt not abort.’”2
  • Mark Bigelow, a member of Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advisory Board, writes, “One thing I know from the Bible is that Jesus was not against women having a choice in continuing a pregnancy.  He never said a word about abortion (nor did anyone else in the Bible) even though abortion was available and in use in his time.”3

What are pro-life Christians to make of the “Bible and abortion” argument?

The Argument Doesn’t Hold

The statement that abortion is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible is technically correct.  However, this allegation falls prey to the logical fallacy of assuming that because an act is not mentioned in Scripture, the Bible therefore approves of that act.  After all, Scripture does not specifically condemn many other evils, such as pyramid schemes, terrorism, carjacking and kidnapping.  Does this mean that Christians should not oppose these evil acts either?

The “Bible and abortion” argument is a mere diversion, like all of the other pro-abortion slogans.  Some people mock Christians who look to the Bible for moral direction, claiming that people should not need the Bible in order to know that certain acts, such as murder and stealing, are wrong.  Of course they are half-right ― these sins are against the law of nature and nature’s God, so they are unjustified by any means.  But we can also extend such reasoning to include abortion.  Christians do not need the Bible to tell us that abortion is wrong, because science concludes without a shadow of a doubt that the preborn child is a human being and reasonable people can agree that it is wrong to kill innocent human beings.

Yes, it is true that the Bible does not mention abortion. So what?

Abortion has always been more of a scientific question than a religious one.

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It would not occur to many pro-abortionists that Christians might oppose abortion for other than Biblical reasons.  They frequently allege that Christians have no use for science, yet they utterly ignore science themselves in their mad rush to defend abortion at any time in pregnancy (and beyond, in some cases).  They ignore all evidence proving the existence of fetal pain, they are profoundly and willfully ignorant of fetal development, and they simply ridicule post-abortion syndrome and the abortion-breast cancer link.  This is why pro-abortionists have such difficulties when they are confronted with atheist or agnostic pro-lifers who argue solely from the scientific point of view.4

Pro-abortionists generally base their opinions on neither science nor religion, but mere feelings.  As MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said: “When does life begin?  I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents.”5  And, when asked what a preborn baby feels when it is being killed by abortion, abortionist Michael Ballard replied, “Oh, I think that depends on your philosophy.”5

In other words, abortion advocates only use both theology and science as weapons, not in a genuine and honest search for the truth. Their appeals to the Bible are irrelevant to an honest, scientific discussion of the case against abortion.

The Bible and Abortion

Even so, pro-lifers can easily point to the Bible to support their position.

There are many sins that the Bible condemns implicitly, or indirectly.  For instance, the commandment “thou shalt not kill” certainly applies to sins such as serial killing, terrorism and the indiscriminate bombing of civilians during warfare, though these are not specifically mentioned in the Bible.  How, then, may we know that the Bible indirectly condemns abortion?

  1. To begin with, the Bible repeatedly condemns the killing of the innocent, i.e., the sinless (Jeremiah 7:6 and 22:17, Psalm 106:37-38, Proverbs 6:16-19, Isaiah 53:6, Luke 17:2 and Matthew 18:10,14).6  A preborn child is obviously innocent of any crime or actual sin, because he or she cannot possess the intent of doing evil.  Pro-abortionists sometimes justify abortion by casting the preborn child in the role of an “aggressor.”  This is illogical, because aggression requires conscious intent.
  2. Second, the Bible teaches that human life, created and nurtured by God, is present in the womb of the woman from the very beginning.
    • Psalm 139:13,15 praises God:  “For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb….my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.”
    • Furthermore, God personally named and honored seven men before they were even born.  Only persons merit names.  These seven are Ishmael (Genesis 16:11); Isaac (Genesis 17:19); Josiah (1 Kings 13:2); Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:9); Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5); John the Baptist (Luke 1:13); and Jesus Himself (Matthew 1:21).7
  3. Third, all authentically religious people agree that God opens and shuts the womb and infuses the human body with a soul.  There are more than a dozen Biblical references referring to this.8  This means that God certainly intended to create a human life, and we have no right to interfere with His will regarding its creation.  God does not act randomly or without reason, despite what some abortion advocates allege.9  He creates every child for a purpose.  Psalm 127 specifically refers to children as a “gift of the Lord” and as a “reward.”  We do not have the right to disrupt or destroy His plans.  Abortion is a supremely arrogant act because it imposes a creature’s will over God’s.  Is this not the definition of all sin ― stubbornly refusing to do God’s will for our lives?
  4. Finally, God is not inconsistent.  He has loved us all with an infinite love for all eternity ― long before we were even conceived.  He has said to us, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).  If He values men He named, He values all of his created preborn human beings.

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The conclusion is inescapable.  The Bible condemns the killing of the innocent; preborn children are innocent; and human life is present from fertilization, as willed by God.  Therefore the Bible also condemns the killing of preborn children.

No other honest or logical conclusion is possible.

The Hypocrisy of Pro-Abortionists

Pro-abortion “Christians” do not really believe in the Bible, and there is an easy way to demonstrate this.

  • Pro-lifers can admit that the Bible does not mention abortion.  But then we can ask the pro-abortionists what they think about divorce, which is condemned in the Bible many times.  Our Lord Himself said, “But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery” (Matthew 5:31-32, see also Matthew 19:3 9, Luke 16:18 and 1 Corinthians 7:10 15).
  • And what about fornication?  The Gospels and the New Testament condemn fornication more than a dozen times (see Matthew 5:32 and 19:9, John 8:41, Acts 15:20,29 and 21:25, Romans 1:29, 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:13,18, 7:2 and 10:8, 2 Corinthians 12:21, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Jude 1:7, and Revelation 2:14,20-21, 9:21, 14:8, 17:2,4, 18:3,9, and 19:2).  Ask the pro-abortionist what the Bible says about premarital sex and watch them squirm.  If they try to explain these many verses away (which always requires spectacular and entertaining theological gymnastics), then you can press them to say that they do not really care what the Bible says unless it supports their viewpoint.
  • The Bible repeatedly and forcefully condemns other sexual sins such as homosexual activity and adultery, yet pro-abortionists tolerate and even embrace these as “basic human rights.”10  For example, in spite of more than fifty Biblical passages denouncing these sins, Frances Kissling casually stated, “I really think God cares very little about the sexual rules, about who is sleeping with whom, other than to wish that we treat each other well and with respect.”11

This is a Biblical proof that they are acting in a hypocritical manner by trying to give the impression that they are believing Christians when they really are not.

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Conclusion

Evidently, even if Our Lord Himself had specifically condemned abortion in the strongest possible terms, it would make not the slightest particle of difference to so-called “religious” pro-abortionists, which means in turn that the “Bible and abortion” argument is a mere diversion, not a serious theological discussion.

In conclusion, there is no phrase in the Bible remotely approaching the phrases “freedom of choice,” “woman’s body, woman’s choice,” “plan your family,” “use your conscience,” or any of the other popular pro-abortion slogans.

There is, however, the phrase “choose life, therefore, that you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

 

 

Endnotes

[1] Daniel C. Maguire, quoted in Janice Hughes.  “The Catholic Constituency:  What Church Leaders Don’t Tell Congress.”  Conscience, May/June 1988, pages 2 and 10.

[2] Roy Bowen Ward.  “Is the Fetus a Person?  The Bible’s View.”  Mission Journal, January 1986.

[3] Mark Bigelow, letter to Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, November 22, 2002.

[4] See the website of the Atheist and Agnostic Pro-Life League (AAPL).

[5] Interview of abortionist Michael Ballard by Mike Levy.  Triumph Magazine, March 1972, pages 20 to 23 and 44.  Quoted in Donald DeMarco.  Abortion in Perspective.  Hayes Publishing Company, 1974.

[6] The Bible specifically condemns child sacrifice in Leviticus 20:2-5; Leviticus 18:21; 2 Kings 23:10; and Jeremiah 32:35.  Also see Deuteronomy 27:25 and 30:19; Amos 1:13; Jeremiah 7:6 and 22:17; Psalm 106:37-38; Proverbs 6:16-19; Isaiah 53:6; Luke 17:2; and Matthew 18:10,14.

[7] See especially Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:24 and 64:8; and Jeremiah 1:5.  Additionally, St. Paul rejoices that God “set me apart before I was born” (Galatians 1:15).

[8] See specifically Genesis 29:31; 30:2,22; 49:25; 1 Samuel 1:5; Job 31:15; Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 44:2,24; 49:1,5; 66:9; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:15;41-44; Wisdom 7:1; and Sirach 49:7.

[9] A CFFC pamphlet entitled “Did You Know that Most Catholics Believe in Reproductive Freedom?” states, “We believe that women should not be the victims of random fertility” [as if pregnancy bears no relation whatever to sexual activity]. “The Catholic hierarchy is trapped in an outdated authoritarianism which denies full equality to women and regards sex as evil.”

Marjorie Reiley Maguire has said, “The voice of the officers of the Catholic Church on reproductive matters speaks to me of a materialistic God…whose greatest joy comes from playing cruel reproductive tricks on women and watching them squirm” (Marjorie Maguire, quoted in Phyllis Zagano.  “The Limits of Choice.”  National Catholic Register, October 12, 1986).

[10] Homosexual activity:  See Deuteronomy 23:17; 1 Kings 14:24, 15:12, 22:46; and 2 Kings 23:7.

Divorce:  See Matthew 5:31-32, 19:3-9; Luke 16:18; and 1 Corinthians 7:10-15.

Fornication:  See 2 Chronicles 21:11; Isaiah 23:17; Ezekiel 16:26,29; Matthew 5:32, 19:9; John 8:41; Acts 15:20,29, 21:25; Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:13,18, 7:2, 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 1:7; and Revelation 2:14,20-21, 9:21, 14:8, 17:2,4, 18:3,9, and 19:2.

Adultery:  See Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:20, 19:20, 20:10-12; Deuteronomy 5:18, 22:13-29, 27:20, 27:23; Proverbs 6:26, 6:29, 6:32; Matthew 5:27,28,32, 15:19, 19:9,18; Mark 7:21, 10:11-12,19; Luke 16:18, 18:20; John 8:4-11, Romans 7:3, 13:9, 1 Corinthians 6:9; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:5; and Hebrews 13:4.

[11] Frances Kissling.  “Divine Ecstasy:  Sin, Asceticism and Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition.”  Nerve.com’s March 30, 1999 interview of cultural critic Camille Paglia, ex-priests Robert Francouer and Thomas Moore, religion professor Elaine Pagels, and Frances Kissling.



33 Comments

  1. Steve on October 12, 2020 at 4:25 AM

    I enjoyed your article and I applaud your support of God’s word to condemn abortion. While the Biblical principles you refer to do clearly demonstrate God’s view of the unborn, I would respectfully add that the Bible does actually specifically condemn the killing of unborn children.

    Exodus 21 holds men accountable if they injure an unborn child.In fact, the penalty for killing an unborn child, was death. That is how serious God considers this issue.

    Great writing, keep up the good work.

    • Avi on January 5, 2022 at 1:47 PM

      That’s only if someone else does it, without consent of the husband (in the OT, the mother has no say).

      • A Swain on June 21, 2022 at 11:56 AM

        “That’s only if someone else does it, without consent of the husband (in the OT, the mother has no say).That’s only if someone else does it, without consent of the husband (in the OT, the mother has no say).”
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        So it stands to reason, therefore, that if it’s the expectant mother herself who elects to murder her unborn infant then the crime would be even more grave and condemnatory.

        It IS a mortal sin which WILL send the offending soul to hell unless she repents as quickly as possible since no one knows the moment of one’s death.

  2. ernest johnson on January 26, 2021 at 12:01 AM

    The truth about abortion and mankind is going to face God Almighty in judgment . Anyone that can murder an unborn baby cannot inherit eternal life unless they repent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!—————————————Ernest E. Johnson

    • Jean Maher on May 7, 2022 at 2:22 PM

      If Babies have no sin, why is it required by organized religions that they be baptized soon after birth? Of course, babies are innocent! But they have to be baptized to enter heaven? If they die after birth, are they not going to heaven because they weren’t baptized? WE are not supposed to kill each other. And yet, old men send young men to do just that all over the world. God gave us free will. Men make laws to keep others in line. I think Men created a God in their own image, not the other way around.

      • Daniel Wexler on May 9, 2022 at 4:20 PM

        We should add that if Men were the ones with a womb there would undoubtedly be a constitutional amendment codifying the right to choose. People who thump the Bible to endorse their own views are not biblical scholars. If they were, they would understand that it contains a highly edited and selective group of stories that serve as a guide to living and thinking for adherents of the major arms of the Christian religion. The danger of too much knowledge and critical thinking would be the realization that there is no factual evidence for the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. The first mention in a historical record was Flavius Josephus, writing in 93 A.D., then 20 years later by Tacitus and Pliny. There are no contemporary accounts of the time, and non-Christian writers may have simply been relating tales circulated by the Christians as they developed their religion around a single mythical messianic figure.

      • A Swain on June 21, 2022 at 12:48 PM

        “If Babies have no sin, why is it required by organized religions that they be baptized soon after birth? Of course, babies are innocent! But they have to be baptized to enter heaven? If they die after birth, are they not going to heaven because they weren’t baptized? WE are not supposed to kill each other. And yet, old men send young men to do just that all over the world. God gave us free will. Men make laws to keep others in line. I think Men created a God in their own image, not the other way around.”
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        The practice of Baptism began in the Jewish faith, not the Christian faith, incidentally.

        Baptism is not necessary for a soul to enter Heaven, as it is merely a means of religious identity, ie, of belonging to a particular sect, in other words. God loves all humans regardless of whether they are baptised or not, NOR does the Bible state categorically that all non-Christians are automatically condemned to Hell when they die if they are not baptised.

        https://www.hli.org/resources/bible-and-abortion/?unapproved=257545&moderation-
        hash=b8eed7362504cba6fa1c88f0e73d50e1#comment-257545

        As to your last contention that old men send young men to kill others in war, is somehow tantamount to murder, is incorrect. In times of war, the righteous (including young men) are instructed to fight if their way of life and communities are threatened by an enemy from within or without. If this means the death of the enemy so be it since it is perfectly legitimate and not a crime.

    • Steve on May 14, 2022 at 8:23 PM

      According to my limited understanding of Christianity we all need to repent to avoid eternal damnation. Christ did not need to die if we were capable of our own salvation. The child that is aborted, if it is truly a human soul, is automatically inheriting eternal life so there is that and in fact the child of someone of the wrong religion is much more likely to go to hell if allowed or compelled to grow up in a non-Christian home. Is that what you want? The abortion fetus will not be alone either considering the millions of “flood fetuses” and other children and fetuses we know from the bible died at Gods hand. Add all the miscarages and heaven must be awash with heavenly fetuses. Don’t blame me, thats the way your God set this up.

    • A J Raven on July 10, 2022 at 2:04 PM

      The arguments here reference the bible a book that was written by men long after the events described and purported to be God’s words. The beliefs expressed in the article are just that – beliefs – based on the religion the person who wrote the article follows. I follow a different religion, based on different beliefs, different writings purported to be God’s words, also written by men. In my religion when a baby is born their soul enters the body with the first breath they take. A fetus is not considered a person, has no soul until born. Who are you to force your beliefs on everyone else. You want religious freedom for yourself but not for others. Follow your beliefs, you have that freedom, eschew abortions for yourself and those who believe like you. Everyone else should have equal freedom to follow their beliefs.

  3. Marco Sassano on March 21, 2021 at 4:54 PM

    Exodus 21, 22-23 !!!!!!!!!! “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely[a] but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life.” Fighting is the state of those who believe in abortion who are at war with those who believe life is sacred. Those who abort must hit the pregnant woman’s body in some way to provoke the abortion, by drugs, by poison, by surgery, by vibration or violence. In their action on the mother (it is also a hit job on the child in the mother’s womb) they are committing murder and must pay with their lives says the Bible. There are plenty of so called priests who worship Satan and pretend the bible is moot about murder.

  4. Joseph McLinden on April 28, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Common sense and basic love of our fellow man is our commandment. God made us in HIS likeness…for what? Can we kill the unborn because of the sins in our own lives? Every one of us will stand face to face with God…so you had better get your stories straight.

  5. JR on September 3, 2021 at 1:01 AM

    Numbers 5:11–31
    If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse.
    If she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, then the water which brings a curse will go into her and cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will waste away, and the woman will become a curse among her people. But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, she will then be free and conceive children.

    This can be interpreted as being for abortion when adultery has been commited. Which of course would include rape as well.

    • Lulu on March 22, 2022 at 11:51 PM

      Doesn’t it mean infertility when the abdomen swell and her thigh wastes away? Do all abortion mean infertility? Probably not…a closer look into this one passage is worth it, digging deeper into this one passage to truly understand it. We know the bible does not contradict itself. As for mentioning about taking the life of the innocent…that is mentioned more often in several places in the bible.

      • Jack on June 25, 2022 at 3:51 PM

        when the Bible was written abdominal swelling and infections would have been common during miscarriages and forced miscarriages (aka abortion) as described in NUMBERS 5. I’ve never heard of those symptoms being linked with infertility.

    • A Swain on June 21, 2022 at 12:34 PM

      The ‘water’ reference described in this Biblical passage, refers to Sin (of adultery, in this instance) itself and its consequences. It does NOT include rape. Read it again.

  6. Avi on January 5, 2022 at 1:45 PM

    The punishment in the OT for kidnapping (and selling the victim, presumably into slavery) is death. You’d be pretty hard-pressed to argue that the OT does not condemn kidnapping.

    • Lulu on March 22, 2022 at 11:41 PM

      You are correct. See Exodus 21:16-18. The punishment for kidnapping is death.

  7. Bishop on May 4, 2022 at 11:57 AM

    I do agree with SOME of the points made in this post. Emphasis on “some”. Here’s why:
    So yes, the bible does not condemn abortion. Yes, the bible also says that babies are made by God. The bible ALSO has records of babies and children being killed by God when their parents did not obey him or when God’s people were coming for their land. I started down this rabbit hole (looking for biblical support AGAINST abortion) because that is how I was raised. Yet, the more I research, the more I am confronted with situations in which I think the older generation is just incorporating their own personal biases and calling them biblical fact. Like when God was with the Israelites after Egypt and the Commandments were settled. There were wars. So obviously there are conditions to the “Thou shalt not murder” Rule. Then in Hosea, God was speaking about what would happen to the people who had worshiped another god and said that they would “be invaded and their children slaughtered, and their pregnant women’s bellies ripped open” as punishment. I think it is great to have your own beliefs and values, but not to impose them on others, AND DEFINITELY not to lie (“bear false witness”) and claim that “your tradition is religious law” which is specifically condemned by Jesus. I will continue down the rabbit hole and maybe I’ll find something that doesn’t reek of confirmation bias and opinions. Again not all of the post smelled. However, I do appreciate the quotes. I will read the chapters in which they came for context.

    Oh! I almost forgot. “After all, Scripture does not specifically condemn many other evils, such as pyramid schemes, terrorism, carjacking and kidnapping.” The bible DOES specifically say not to do those things. In that order: Proverbs 22:1, Proverbs 6:16-19, (I shouldn’t have to point this out, but carjacking is stealing and also one reason why I accuse the author of this of confirmation bias but…) Ephesians 4:28 and also ONE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, and Exodus 21:16. The last one also falls under stealing, but it is specifically mentioned multiple times throughout the bible.

  8. Carrie on May 4, 2022 at 6:49 PM

    Ask a pro-abortion person those things? LOL Seriously. They don’t CARE. They do NOT practice Christianity and are not afraid to tell us we have a fake God…..a “fairy tale”. They are not ashamed of what they do or what they believe in so asking them what they think about divorce or pre-marital sex, etc isn’t going to matter one or the other. They opt to be non-believers because God doesn’t fit THEIR desires and beliefs. Period.

    • steve on May 14, 2022 at 8:43 PM

      hate to be the bringer of bad news but christians have abortions just as frequently as any other group except blacks for some reason. so don’t shove this off on godless athiests. So if you are a churchgoer the odds are very great that at least a few women in your congregation, in your bible study group have had abortions. I am not sure where you have gotten the idea that people that have had abortions that they have not thought long and hard about the decision. Do some research before you put yourself on a pedestal. have a little compassion for a young woman with no husband, no education or the rape victim or the woman with serious health issues. You don’t have to vilify everyone that has different life experiences than you do. Put down that stone.

      • E. Bridant on July 21, 2022 at 4:27 PM

        Well said!

  9. Olbap on May 7, 2022 at 9:52 PM

    I do not believe in abortion, neither do I believe in lying, adultery, covetousness, greed and pride. These are all sins according to the bible. I am against sin in all of its forms. My message to sinners as a Christian is: That Jesus died for their sin and they can have forgiveness for their sins. I am not pro-choice or pro-life. I am pro Christ. John 3:17
    “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” The world is condemn already. My mission as a Christian is to preach Christ and his salvation to a condemned world. I am not in a position to actively judge sin or to advocated the jailing of people who commit abortion. If that was my job then I would also have to advocate the same punishment for a person who…say commits adultery. For if abortion is a sin that needs to be punished so too does every other sin the bible speaks out against.

    • HLI Staff on May 9, 2022 at 11:17 AM

      Thanks for your perspective, Olbap. While it’s absolutely true only God may judge a person’s soul, Christians have a duty to proclaim God’s truths and the Good News. Human life is sacred and has inherent dignity because we have been created in His image. Jesus Christ elevated humanity when He humbled Himself and took on human flesh. It is a grave offence against God to destroy a life He has created. And, it’s a much more serious sin than telling a lie or stealing $10 from another. The Bible warns of the unhappy fate of those with unrepentant sin, so by all means we should in love correct and counsel our brothers and sisters and advocate for laws in our country that promote the common good and are in accordance with God’s laws.

  10. Jordan on June 24, 2022 at 3:33 PM

    Exodus 21-22 in the KJV describes the result of striving men hurting a woman with child as “her fruit depart[ing] from her.” Not coming to her, or being born. Many have interpreted that as her having a miscarriage. The woman’s husband and the judges may then exact appropriate punishments and payments. Only after does the scripture go on to describe God’s justice: “eye for an eye…” etc. This would suggest a distinction between the woman’s life and the life of the unborn. In this reading, a miscarriage doesn’t meet the standard of “life for a life.”

    I generally read the NIV, but I will use the KJV whenever I am unsure about a specific interpretation. I don’t like abortion and I am a follower of Jesus. When making decisions about how to live, or what to believe, I will check my assumptions against the KJV, which I have been taught, and I believe to be, a proper ‘word for word’ translation of God’s word as it was given to us originally in the Greek. I read the NIV normally because it’s so much easier to read. In the KJV, the descriptive clause, “her fruit depart from her,” to me, describes a miscarriage. I don’t like it, but I don’t like driving the speed limit, either, but I do because scripture tells me to.

    Paul was explicit when he told us that all institutions of man are put in place by God. As Christians, we are required to obey the law, regardless of what we think of it. Jesus told us not to worry, to trust in the Lord. Exodus 21-22 distinguishes between the pregnant woman and the unborn; one life the price of which was left for the husband and the judges to account for, and the other life for God to account for.

  11. J.K. on June 25, 2022 at 3:36 PM

    the Bible DOES talk about abortion in NUMBERS 5.

  12. Linda H on June 27, 2022 at 11:48 AM

    In part I agree, this is a topic that divides many, Christian or agnostic ppl, many people who have certain values, and morals, but if you look at the world today, its not lived with God in mind, even Christian have difference of opinions and judge others and shouldn’t be that way. The Bible also states”1 John 3:21 “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God” Which is what many people do, God doesn’t see people as we see them” My thoughts are not your throughts sayth the Lord, he sees’ the inward heart. And you fail to realize that in the OT, it also shows God’s anger over any nation that was against His chosen,He destroyed even the ones that were in the womb, when King David committed adultery with Bethsheba, he kills her husband because of what he did? she got pregnant and what happened? even if King David fasted and threw himself at God’s mercy, the baby died!! Who do you think made it happen? Because the next child was born it was Soloman the wisest man in the world! what everyone in my opinion fail to see is that the world is not living in God’s good graces, The Bible states that Satan is the god of this world, sin is on the rise and its ever stirring away from God’s way of life, He permitted divorce because of the hardness of the heart, was it His will? no but why did he permit it to happen? Because of the hardness of the heart. This world is NOT doing God’s will to the T,,, that is why he permits such laws to be enforced, so many unwanted pregnancies with drug addicted women and men who don’t care, any type of substance abuse, poverty-stricken homes will bring out who? Babies that are born with drugs in their system, who become delinquent children who are lost and distorted and suicidal, emotionally disorientated or homes who have too many children they can’t afford, “in sin I was conceived ” says the Psalmist Through God’s comes down in human form through Jesus Christ, redeemed us does that change the course of this world its corrupt to the core, now a days we ‘re ALL Christian ! what? this is a ploy of the devil who not only wants to divide the church of God who also wants to take away choice which God gave man. You can judge what I say but! I wouldn’t want to bring a child into this God forsaken world now! Satan is making the call in this world NOT God, I know one thing, I belong to Christ and my home is not of this world, we can argue till we ‘re blue in the face but God is the ultimate judge. Not the people, nor republicans or democrats, but unfortunately, we must submit to whatever they decide, What’s next! Seems like were taking a step backward…

  13. Pixel on June 28, 2022 at 11:11 AM

    Question, so an argument is that in a couple of cases the fetus could kill the mother before childbirth and therefore kill itself, is it okay then that someone were to do abortion? Or is it not?

    • HLI Staff on June 29, 2022 at 2:17 PM

      Pixel, Thank you for the question and the opportunity to explain. In those extremely rare cases when the mother’s life truly is threatened by pregnancy (such as with cancer of the uterus or ectopic pregnancy, etc.), she may undergo an operation whose purpose is to save her life, even though the preborn child dies as an indirect result of the procedure. This principle is known as the “double effect” and is sometimes misunderstood, even among Catholics. A fuller explanation of the principle can be found here: https://www.hli.org/resources/principle-double-effect/. The direct killing of a preborn child (abortion) is never permissible because the intent is to end his or her life; however, when a medical procedure necessary to save the life of the mother causes the unintentional death of the child, the action which causes both good and bad effects is morally permissible when all conditions of the principle of double effect are met.

  14. Dennis on July 10, 2022 at 11:19 PM

    Numbers 5:11-31 – In short, this describes a process in which, if a husband believes his wife has been unfaithful and become pregnant as a result, there is an approved process that is pretty clearly an abortion, although it is framed as something that God will do if she has been unfaithful. Granted, this is only one specific situation, but it does show that it isn’t as cut-and-dry as people try to make it.

    On a brief tangent, I note the insistence on banning abortion, considering it to be murder, but nothing is said about miscarriage. Couldn’t a case be made that a miscarriage is a form of manslaughter?

    The article points to the hypocrisy of pro-abortion Christians, pointing to divorce, adultery and pre-marital sex. Well what about the hypocrisy of the pro-life Christians who have engaged in pre-marital sex, commit adultery and get divorced? I seem to recall something about “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. What right do people who aren’t even abiding by the rules of their religion have to impose those rules on others, especially those who don’t follow the same religion?

    And to the argument that every life is part of God’s plan, I have to ask – where does that end? Should everybody abandon eyeglasses and contact lenses because it was part of God’s plan to give a person poor eye sight? If a person gets appendicitis, should they simply accept it as part of God’s plan and not call an ambulance?

    What about charity? Is it God’s plan when people are homeless or, even if they have a home, have to rely on soup kitchens? Are we interfering with the plan by trying to make things better for them? How about natural disasters? When the hurricane wipes out entire communities in say, Florida, is that part of God’s plan, and are we interfering with it by helping them re-establish their lives?

    When you get right down to it, how do we know what is and is not part of God’s plan? How many atrocities have been committed, by individuals and entire nations, through the centuries by people who thought they were doing God’s will? If we accept that every life conceived is part of the plan, then wouldn’t it follow that the rape that led to that conception was itself part of the plan? And if that is part of the plan, then was the rape wrong? For that matter, should that be the first line of defense in any trial – trying to claim that the defendant was acting on God’s instruction?

    I don’t mean to sound flippant, but to me these are legitimate questions. We’re being asked to first take as a given that there is a god, and then that there is an all-encompassing plan that we’re not privy to. Even setting aside the question of whether we can actually have free will in that situation, how are we supposed to proceed? If God caused something to happen, who are we to take steps to undo that action, or even reduce the impact. Or on a less dramatic example – a guy goes to a party, meets two lovely ladies, both of whom are very friendly toward him; how is he supposed to know which one he should pursue a relationship with?

    • Rob on August 31, 2022 at 9:47 PM

      All excellent points

  15. Rob on August 31, 2022 at 9:43 PM

    If you go to the Bible looking for confirmation, you will find it. For example, if I am somehow convinced that God hates mountain climbing, all I need to do is go to 2 Kings 1:9-10, extrapolate it beyond it’s context to make it fit my pre-formed conclusion, and ignore any passages which contradict it. It’s way easier to do that than to examine the whole of scripture, weigh the different passages, and draw a conclusion based on what you read.

    The Bible tells us that God has personally slaughtered the unborn in the Great Flood, which killed everyone on Earth save Moses and his family – men, children, and women, including pregnant women and the unborn inside them. No exception was made for them. Later, he commands the Israelites to commit genocide against the Canaanites – men, children, and women, including pregnant women and the unborn inside them.

    If the unborn are to be counted as innocent human beings, and killing them is therefore never justifiable, then God has committed sin and commanded others to commit sin. You are making God out to be a murderer. Or were the unborn in those cases NOT innocent? If not, what did they do to deserve to be butchered in their wombs?

    As for the passages in Psalms and Jeremiah concerning God’s knowledge of David, Jeremiah, and others before their birth, we have to interpret these passages in light of the Great Flood and genocide narratives. We can’t take them alone. Did God also know the slaughtered unborn in those stories before they were born? Did he also have some plan for them? That’s a stretch. When God is saying these things about Jeremiah or David, or anyone else in the Bible, we have to conclude that that was meant specifically for those people, and not to be taken as a blessing for all people everywhere.

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