|written by Pastor David Wood|
From the foundation of our
United States we've been assured certain unalienable rights-- "Life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Today, it seems we're battling
to keep that first right–life. "The average citizen, when
asked his opinion about abortion, will demonstrate an almost total lack
of factual knowledge about the subject. He will tend to completely oppose
'wide open' permissiveness, but will have a reason or two, stemming
from the often false and misleading pro-abortion propaganda which has
filled the public media, for which he feels abortion should probably
be permitted. When pushed to define when human life begins, he usually
will be even more indefinite. While only a very small minority of vocal
people are aggressive proponents of abortion-on-demand, the great bulk
of swing voters seem relatively apathetic." 1 The
propaganda touted by certain PRO-CHOICE advocates and the careful wording
of various amendments voted on by American people in recent years has
made the issue cloudy, confusing good people. The problem is they're
not dealing with the facts.
The basis then for dealing with abortion is "What the Bible Says,", not what man says!
What does the Bible say?
***Exodus 21:4 and 21:22 illustrate this fact. The Hebrew word for child refers to postnatal life in verse 4:
If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself.
In verse 22 the same word is used for the prenatal existence:
If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
***John the Baptist is referred to in Luke 1:41,44 as a child [brephos] before he was born. The same word in Acts 7:19 is used of infants slaughtered by Pharaoh after their birth.
2. The Bible expressly calls
killing an unborn child murder.
3. The Bible shows that God's
plan for individuals begins before birth.
Frequently, people ask if there are any exceptions for abortion.
1. Is abortion permissible if the mother's life is in danger? Scripture doesn't address this situation allowing any kind of abortion. However, Dr. C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General and well known pediatric surgeon, reports that in his thirty-six years of medical practice, he never encountered a case where abortion was necessary to save the mother's life. There were many other alternatives.
2. Do potential birth defects justify abortion? The obvious question to ask is this. Would you kill that child after he was born because he had a defect? The answer is no. Speaking of a man born blind in John 9:3 Jesus answered, "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." God has a plan for even the physically and mentally limited. (Psalm 139:14)
3. What happens if a woman
is raped and later finds out she is pregnant. The Bible clearly deals
The woman has not sinned. The child did not sin. The baby should live. Often this is the issue the Pro-Abortionist build their case around. However, less than 3% of all reasons given for abortions ever involve rape. A scientific study documenting actual rape related pregnancies showed that such rapes occurred in 0% to 2.2% of all rape victims.4
The following war casualties
represent all American combat-related deaths up through 1990: Revolutionary
War--25,324 Civil War--498,332
and Mrs. J.C. Wilke, HANDBOOK ON ABORTION
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