Abortion! What a hot potato for today’s politician. Pro choice, pro life, women’s rights, conception, trimester, human life, fetus, baby, post abortion syndrome, etc.—all of these terms can almost make you dizzy. Who is right? Who is wrong? Does anybody know? Does anybody really care?
Well, as Christians it is our claim that we believe the Bible to be God’s Word and the absolute standard for our moral choices. What does the Bible say?
First, there is overwhelming evidence in scripture for only one postulate as to when life begins. If we are to believe the Bible, life begins with conception (see Psalm 139:13—16; Jeremiah 1:5; Judges 13:3—5; 1 Samuel 1:19—20; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:31, 41; James 1:150.
Beyond scripture, medical science itself supports this claim. Those of you who are parents will remember that from the very first visit you made to the obstetrician’s office every word of counsel, every piece of literature, and every precaution taken was addressed to the well being of the mother and the health of the baby in the womb. Your baby was never referred to as less than human life.
Secondly, there can be no doubt that the Bible mandates that the execution of an innocent life is inherently evil and blatantly immoral. The penalty for murder, according to scripture, is death. There is even a prescribed penalty for someone who unintentionally harms a life within the womb (Exodus 21:22—25). We can only imagine how God must view the intentional slaughter of babies within the womb! He “hates hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17).
Very simply, the Bible speaks with undeniable clarity, that abortion is an evil thing. What then should righteous people who believe in Christ think about it? It seems to me that the answer is obvious!