Abortion: What Does the Bible Say?

Many upcoming state elections will focus on issues related to abortion. What does the Bible say about this important topic?

The modern practice of abortion did not exist during the time in which the Bible was written. However, many principles are given regarding God’s view of life from conception and during the time the preborn child is in his or her mother’s womb.

First, God told the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5). God clearly had a purpose for Jeremiah before conception. God knows each life and loves each person from the earliest stage of development.

Second, King David wrote, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14). God creates each person within the womb.

Third, Rebekah was given specific information about God’s plan for the two twin sons in her womb, Jacob and Esau: “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23). God spoke about these two preborn boys with the same status as children who had already been born.

Fourth, the Bible makes no distinction between the value of the preborn child and the child already born. In Luke 1:40-44, we read, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.’”

The baby in Elizabeth’s womb (John the Baptist) was described using the same Greek word used for infants in Scripture. Written by Luke, known as medical doctor (Colossian 4:14), he clearly noted the equal status of the born and preborn child.

Finally, Genesis 1:27 notes all people are created in God’s image. We are called to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8), including the lives of preborn children. As you have the opportunity, use your vote, your voice, and your life to rescue the lives of children who face abortion.

Related Resources:
Articles on Abortion: https://www.jashow.org/articles/category/society-culture-politics-2/abortion/
Free e-book: https://www.jashow.org/resources/books/authors/weldon-john/when-does-life-begin-and-39-other-tough-questions-about-abortion.html

1 Comment

  1. Andy M on September 7, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Actually, during the time of Jesus, abortion DID exist, and was commonly practiced in the Roman Empire, not without much of the controversy that exists today, of course, so the claim that Jesus didn’t speak about it because it didn’t exist is a flawed premise. Aristotle wrote about when abortion was considered killing a human being and at what point he believed it was not. He preceded Jesus by about three and a half centuries. The issue was so important to Jesus that we can’t find a single reference to him speaking to the issue, in any way. So why the modern obsession with it?

    God, as an infinite being, is not bound by time and space as mortal humans are. Speaking about a being that he knew would eventually become a fully functioning and thinking human does not speak to when developing cells are considered a “being.” I also notice you pretend that the passages in Exodus and Leviticus, where it is clearly delineated that causing a miscarriage is not considered taking a life, don’t exist.

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