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What Does the Bible Say?
What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?
Provided by Liberty Counsel

Although the specific word “abortion” does not appear in the Bible, it does discuss when life begins, the value of human life, and that the taking of an innocent human life is a sin.  

 
Consider Psalm 139:13-16, “For you [God] created me in my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to me.” 
 
Psalm 106 also mentions God’s anger over a nation that had been disobedient, and had shed the blood of the innocent, “They mingled with the nations  and adopted their customs. They worshipped their idols, which became a snare  to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan and the land was desecrated by their blood” (Ps. 106:35-38). 
 
 

Taken from Liberty Counsel's The Truth About Abortion

 
 
Abortion - A Biblical Perspective
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“I think abortion is killing a life, [But] the person who is pregnant should decide whether to do it or not” – Estrella Flores, Participant in the “March for Women’s Lives” held in Washington D.C. on April 25, 2004 

 

When the issue of abortion is presented from a biblical perspective, it becomes painfully obvious to most pro-life Christians that the word abortion, or the practice of deliberately terminating a woman’s pregnancy, is not mentioned even once within the pages of the Old or New Testament. 

 

“Many Christian pro-life activists rightly assume that the Bible condemns abortion, but they don’t know which verses support their view.  Therefore, they rarely challenge the Christians who defend abortion by appealing to the Scriptures” (Beckwith, p.10, 1992).  In fact, a number of Christian scholars warn believers to be very careful in how they use Scriptures in defending their point of view on abortion.  For example, Richard B. Hays writes in his thought provoking book entitled, The Moral Vision of the New Testament, “…we have no passages dealing with abortion, though a few texts poetically declare God’s providential care for all life, even before birth or conception.  This gives us very little material for the construction of a normative judgement” (p. 448).   

 

One may try to argue that abortion was not well known or practiced during ancient times, but that idea is quickly rejected, especially in light of the efforts by Hippocrates to develop a pattern of good medical care that is reflected in his Hippocratic Oath.  Hippocrates lived in the later part of the fourth century BC, and in his Oath he clearly states, “I will not give poison to anyone though asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a plan.  Similarly I will not give a pessary to a woman to cause abortion” (Cameron, p. 25, 1991).  This type of declaration against abortion was also claimed by the early Christians to set themselves apart from the pagan culture that practiced abortion and infanticide.  “The earliest reference is to be found in the Didache (a late-first-century or early-second-century manual of Christian teaching), whose opening section contrasts the ‘Two Ways’ of life and death; among the commandments that mark the ‘way of life’ for Christians are these: ‘You shall not murder a child by abortion, nor shall you kill one who has been born’ (Didache 2:2; cf. Epistle of Barnabas 19:5)” (Hays, p.453, 1996).



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