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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 critical question to be answered is "when does life begin?" If taking the life of another who is made in the image of God is MURDER [Genesis 6:9], then at what point is the earliest possible murder? When is an individual first capable of being murdered?
Abortionists have no possible way of MEDICALLY proving that life does not begin at conception so the battle has moved to the LEGAL and POLITICAL arenas. In 1970 the California Medical Association noted that it was a scientific fact that human life begins at conception. It is then "continuous, whether intra- or extra-uterine, until death". 2 Anyone looking at the pictures of children still in the womb or pictures of ABORTED children can see that there is life! Even at the earliest days before a woman could know she's pregnant, the child's heart is beating and the eyes are forming. While at the same developmental stage in the same hospital, some children are aborted, while others are prematurely born. The only difference? The premature baby has people fighting for its life.
The LEGAL and POLITICAL battle has been raging for years. In effect we've been legislating morality in our courts, and in our congresses. The problem is that government in the United States has no business at all determining whether abortion is right or wrong. That's why we have the separation of church and state--not to keep the church out of the state, but to keep the state from mandating positions of the church.
The church must take a stand, based on BIBLICAL principles, and let our nation know what is right and wrong. As long as our government chooses to establish laws regarding moral issues based on the MAJORITY PUBLIC OPINION, we will not be able to assure the rights of individuals to "LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

The basis then for dealing with abortion is "What the Bible Says,", not what man says!

What does the Bible say?

1. The Bible treats both the child at birth and the child yet unborn as living individuals.

***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.
Exodus 21:22
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.

Exodus 21:23
And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
"The better translation of the passage takes it to refer to a premature live birth, not a miscarriage. The text actually treats the life of the mother and that of the unborn child as equally valuable." 3

3. The Bible shows that God's plan for individuals begins before birth.
***Jeremiah said that his life was consecrated for God's use while he was yet in the womb:

Jeremiah 1:5
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Jeremiah also said if he'd died before birth, his mother's womb would have been his grave. Death in the womb presupposes life was there first:

Jeremiah 20:17
Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.

***David understood that God knew everything about him while he was still in the womb.

Psalms 139:13
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

Psalms 139:14
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psalms 139:15
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

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
with this situation in Deuteronomy 22:25,26

Deuteronomy 22:25
But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die:

Deuteronomy 22:26
But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter:

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
WWI--116,516 WWII--545,108 Korean--54,246 Vietnam--56,555
War of the Unborn has claimed 31,000,000. The number is projected to increase to 1,500,000 annually. Oh, the holocaust!


1 Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Wilke, HANDBOOK ON ABORTION
2 John Jefferson Davis, Evangelical Ethics (P and R Publishing: Phillipsburg, NJ 1983), 124.
3Ibid 137.
4 Sandra K. Mahkorn and William V. Dolan, "Sexual Assault and Pregnancy," in Hilgers, Horan, and Mall, New Perspectives, 187.

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