DRAFT: What does the Bible say about abortion?

When Chelsea Clinton made the statement, she thinks it’s “unchristian” to outlaw abortion, is either very naive or she is being deceived by Satan.


The Bible never specifically addresses the issue of abortion. However, there are numerous teachings in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion is.

 

Jeremiah 1:5 tells us - Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

 

The Bible speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb, which is seen in Psalm 139:13-16 -13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 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. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

 

The Bible prescribes the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder. This is seen in Exodus 21:22-25  - 22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely 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, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

 

This clearly indicates that God considers a baby in the womb to be as human as a full-grown adult.

 

For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose. It is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image, which is seen in Genesis 1:27 - 27 So God created mankind in his own image. And in Genesis 9:6 -  “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind