Abortion

What the Bible says about abortion. 





            God speaks very clearly in the Bible on the value of unborn children.  YHWH’ Word says that he personally made each one of us, and has a plan for each life:

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee”… (Jeremiah 1:5a).

                “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and thatmy soul knoweth right well.  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalms 139:13, 16)

            Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.  Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again? Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese? Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.  Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. (Job 31:15)

            Because man is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) each life is of great value to God: Lo,children are an heritage of YHWH: and the fruit of the womb is his reward  (Psalm 127:3) 

            He even calls our children His own:

“Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,  That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?(Ezekiel 16:20, 21)

            The Bible says of our Creator, “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:10) God, the giver of life, commands us not to take the life of an innocent person:

             If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent bloodin this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:
(Jeremiah  7;6)

Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen(Deuteronomy 27:25)

Thou shalt not kill.  (Exodus 20:13)

            Taken the life of the unborn is clearly murder, 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(Jeremiah 20:17)

            And God vowed to punish those who “Thus saith YHWH; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:  (Amos 1:13).

            The unborn child was granted equal protection in the law; if he lost his life, the one who caused his death must loose his own life:  “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. And if anymischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, (Exodus 21:22, 23)

Life is a gift created by God and is not to be taken away by abortion. God is “pro choice,” but He tells us clearly the only acceptable choice to make: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
(Deuteronomy 30:19)
  
There are a number of great men of YHWH (and YAHSHUA) who were called to be YHWH’ servants from the womb:

Samson:
Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thingfor the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. '"                                         
(Judges 13:6-7, see also Judges 16:17)
  
Jesus (prophecy):
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; YHWH hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.           (Isaiah 49:1)
And now, saith YHWH that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of YHWH, and my God shall be my strength. (Isaiah 49:5)
  
But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. (Psalms 22:9-10)
  
Jeremiah:
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 1:5)
  
John the Baptist:
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. (Luke 1:15)

Paul:
 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, (Galatians 1:15)

All of the above verses tell us God considers us to be human before we are born,



 ABORTION FACTS
  
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. (Deut. 12:8)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
  
Excerpts from Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Arguments    by Raldy Alcorn, Multnomah Books, 1992



Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

Science is uncertain when life begins, therefore it must be a religious question.

Pro Life Answer

ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA -"A new individual is created when the elements of a potent sperm merge with those of a fertile ovum, or egg."

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

The unborn is an embryo or fetus - not a baby. Abortion is terminating a pregnancy and is not actually killing a child.

Pro Life Answer

Pro-choice people insist that the unborn is an "embryo." By definition, embryo means any living creature at an early stage of development. Further, they say it's not a baby; it's a "fetus." Fetus is a Latin word meaning "young one" or "little child."

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

Abortion providers are respected medical professionals working in the woman's best interest.

Pro Life Answer

A former abortion clinic counselor says, "I was totally uninformed of available alternatives to abortion. I never recommended adoption or keeping the baby. I received no training in factual matters--my job was just to keep women happy and make sure they went through with an abortion."

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

Abortion is a safe medical procedure, safer than full term pregnancy and childbirth.

Pro Life Answer

Researchers state, "Morbidity and mortality rates of legal abortion are several times higher than that for carrying a pregnancy to term. The immediate complication rate is no less than 10%, while long range complication rates show no less than 17%."

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

Abortion is an easy and painless procedure.

Pro Life Answer

The various abortion procedures are often both difficult and painful for women. One abortion procedure, the D & C, involves the scraping of the uterus, which typically involves some bleeding and other side effects that some women find quite painful.

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

Unwanted children usually end up being battered and abused children later on in life.

Pro Life Answer

A recent study showed 91% of the battered children surveyed were planned pregnancies and 90% were legitimate, according to Dr. Edward Lenoski, Professor of Pediatrics at U.S.C.

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

Child abuse has decreased since legalized abortion.

Pro Life Answer

Since abortion's legalization in 1973, child abuse has increased fifteen hundred percent according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

Legally preventing a woman from having an abortion is an invasion of her privacy.

Pro Life Answer

Our laws allow police to enter the privacy of people's homes to stop them from battering and abusing their children. Now the same force of law guarantees the "privacy and rights" of parents to dismember or poison their babies before birth.

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

Abortion relieves women os stress and responsibility and thereby enhances their psychological well-being.

Pro Life Answer

Post-abortion therapy and support groups with members numbering over 30,000 testify to the reality of abortion's potentially harmful psychological effects. Women's World, September 1991, reports a study of women who have had abortions in which 45% said they had thoughts of suicide following their abortion.

Pro Choice Argument                                                                                  

What about a woman who's life is threatened by pregnancy or childbirth?

Pro Life Answer

While he was United States Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop stated publicly that in his thirty-eight years as a pediatric surgeon, he was never aware of a single situation in which a pre-born child's life had to be taken in order to save the life of the mother.



"Life Begins at Conception,"Geneticist Dr. Jerome Lejeune

The world's leading geneticist, Dr. Jerome Lejeune of Paris, testified before the Louisiana House Committee on Criminal Justice June 6, 1990, that it is a proven scientific fact that human life begins at conception. He explained, that the DNA molecule is one meter long and is divided into 23 chromosomes. Each DNA molecule is incredibly thin. If the DNA of all the world's 5 billion people were placed together, it would fit on 2 aspirin tablets. Dr. Lejeune said that at the moment of fertilization the 23 chromosomes of the male sperm unite with the 23 chromosomes of the female egg, creating the new human being.
He said the fertilized egg is the most complex cell in existence. It would take more than five sets of the Encyclopedia Britannica to hold the information contained in the fertilized egg. Each fertilized egg is a new human being -- unlike any person who has ever existed before or any who will ever exist again.
As the egg divides, the new cells are highly differentiated. At no time is the human being a blob or a mass of undifferentiated protoplasm; Dr. Lejeune explained that there is an enormous flow of information from generation to generation -- through the DNA. In a human being's first cell the information in the DNA is surrounded by matter. But, he said, there is no such thing as "living matter" -- there is only matter. It is more correct to say that the information in the DNA animates the matter around it. Over time, the amount of matter will increase. The body of an adult human being contains a great deal of matter. But the information in a person's DNA has not changed since the moment of conception.
The sleek muscles on the athlete, the propensity for music of the pianist, and the tiny hands that reach up to grandpa to say, "I love you" -- all of these things were decided at the moment of conception when a unique human being was created. Whether a person is male or female is also decided at that moment.
The tiny boy or girl created is every bit as human at conception as you or I -- only smaller and unable to defend his or her rights. He or she must depend on adults -- you and me -- for protection.



A NURSE' S VIEW OF PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION


In September, 1993, Brenda Pratt Shafer, a registered nurse with eleven years of experience, was assigned by her nursing agency to an abortion clinic in Ohio. Because of her "strong pro-choice" views, Nurse Sharer did not think this assignment would be a problem. This is her story.

I was present for three of these partial-birth procedures. It is the first one that I will describe to you in detail.

The mother was 6 months pregnant, 26½ weeks. A doctor told her that the baby had Down Syndrome, and she had to have an abortion. She decided to have this abortion. She came in the first 2 days to have the laminaria inserted and changed [to dilate the cervix], and she cried the whole time she was there. On the third day, she came in to have the partial-birth abortion procedure.

The doctor brought the ultrasound in and hooked it up so that he could see the baby. On the ultrasound screen, I could see the heartbeat. As the doctor watched the baby on the ultrasound screen, the baby's heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen.

The doctor went in with forceps and grabbed the baby's legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby's body and the arms -- everything but the head. The doctor kept the head right inside the uterus.

The baby's little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby's arms jerked out, like a startle reaction, like a flinch, like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall.

The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening, and sucked the baby's brains out. Now the baby went completely limp. I was really completely unprepared for what I was seeing. I almost threw up as I watched the doctor doing these things.

Next, the doctor delivered the baby's head. He cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta. He threw the baby in a pan, along with the placenta and the instruments he had just used. I saw the baby move in the pan. I asked another nurse, and she said it was just reflexes.

I have been a nurse for a long time, and I have seen a lot of death -- people maimed in auto accidents, gunshot wounds, you name it. I have seen surgical procedures of every sort. But in all my professional years, I had never witnessed anything like this.

The woman wanted to see her baby, so they cleaned up the baby and put it in a blanket and handed it to her. She cried the whole time. She kept saying, "I am so sorry, please forgive me." I was crying, too. I couldn't take it. That baby boy had the most perfect, angelic face I think I have ever seen in my life.

I was present in the room during two more such procedures that day, but I was really in shock. I tried to pretend I was somewhere else, to not think about what was happening. I just couldn't wait to get out of there. After I left that day, I never went back. The last two procedures, by the way, involved healthy mothers with healthy babies.

I was very much affected by what I saw. For a long time --and sometimes still -- I had nightmares about what I saw that day.

I wish I hadn't seen what I saw. But I did see it, and I will never be able to forget it. That baby boy was only inches, seconds, away from being entirely born, when he was killed. What I saw done to that little boy, and to those other babies, should not be allowed in this country.

As told to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, November 17, 1995, and the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, March 21, 1996.

         
Roe v. Wade  Supreme Court decision that allowed abortion on demand.



In Genesis 1:1, God’s Word declares, "In the beginning "God."  The existence of God is fact. God is; God reigns; and He rules. Indeed,

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

 It is written in, Romans 1:20

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Genesis 1:1,
 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

In Genesis vs. 26-28
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his ownimage, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 Note God’s command: BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY.

The Scriptures reveal to us that Jesus is the Word and He is God

John 1:1, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:4
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 5:26
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

John 5:40
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
John 6:33
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

John 6:35
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

John 6:63
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you,they are spirit, and they are life.

John 10:10 tells us,
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Again, we say, Jesus is life; however, Satan comes to kill and destroy.

    In Genesis, God’s covenant of life rejects and condemns abortion. He commands BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY

Genesis 1:28. The covenant of life is family.

It is written: Psalm 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Man takes what God calls His reward and aborts it. It is written:

Proverbs 17:6
Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

God’s covenant of life, of family, and of children rejects and condemns abortion.
   
America now protects (so-called endangered) turtle eggs, birds, and small animals but slaughters the fruit of the womb. A person can get fined for damaging endangered turtle eggs, but receives payment for killing unborn human babies.

 In 1997, 1,184,758 abortions were reported to the CDC. The majority of the women were white and unmarried. This would average approximately 3,245 abortions every day in America. The total number of abortions in America from 1972 through 1999 was approximately 33,061,034, with 586,760 being reported in 1972. Throughout the world, the total number would be many times more. It is now legal to abort a baby in America through the 9th month of pregnancy (God forbid). The fruit of the womb is a human life. It is reported that medical science can detect life on the twelfth day. However, God ordains life the moment the sperm enters the egg. The fruit of the womb is a soul that God has ordained and knows.
   
It is written in,
Exodus 21:22-23
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. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,

God calls the fruit of the womb LIFE.

It is written in,
Isaiah 49:1
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

God knew Isaiah before he was ever born. He knew his name. God forbid, what if someone had tried to abort the prophet Isaiah?

 It is written in,
Genesis 25:21-26
And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

God is in control. It is He that brings about conception. He knows the names of the fruit of the womb before they are born. They are living children. He knows each one's personality even before they are born. He knows the details of their life and what they will do. God forbid, what if someone had tried to abort Esau and Jacob?

It is written in,
Luke 1:13-17
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 

God did a miracle. He brought about the conception of John the Baptist. Even before Elizabeth had conceived, God knew about John the Baptist. He knew when he would be born. He knew his name. He knew about the child. He knew all about John’s life. Matthew’s Gospel said of John the Baptist:

Matthew 11:11
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist…God forbid, what is someone had tried to abort John the Baptist?

Luke 1:44
For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

Does this mean that the fruit of Elizabeth’s womb was a meaningless mass of cells or was it life? It is clear that the fruit of her womb was a human life that was ordained of God.
 It is written in,
Luke 1:26-32
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that arthighly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she sawhim, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

The angel is announcing the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. The coming of the Messiah was foretold back in Genesis 3:15. The miraculous conception, the name, childhood, adulthood, death, and resurrection of the Messiah was foreknown and foreordained of God.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God forbid, what if someone had tried to abort the Son of God? What if someone had tried to abort Mary, the mother of Jesus. What if someone had tried to abort "YOU."
    Some would say that a woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her own body.
Yet God says in,
1 Corinthians 3:16, 17
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, whichtemple ye are. 

Nevertheless, the fruit of the womb that the woman carries is not her own body. Her body nourishes it, but it is a separate life. God knows the name of that infant and even his or her future. She may have authority from man to kill that separate life without being judged, but know this.

It is written in,  
Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

AND AS IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, BUT AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT. Here is proof that the fruit of a woman's womb is not her own body. The genetic code of a woman’s body is the same whether it is an organ inside of her or outside, such as an eye. However, the fruit of the womb has a different genetic code than that of the mother. It is a separate life. If she aborts it, she is not killing part her own body, but is killing a totally separate and genetically different life. She is killing a human being that has been ordained of God with a  life and a future of his or her own. It has been said that two people walk into an abortion clinic, but only one walks out alive. But consider this. Two walk into an abortion clinic, but both die—the one dies physically, and the other is dead spiritually. Something else worth considering.  It has also been reported that many women, once they have had an abortion, afterwards suffer both physically and emotionally. At some later time in life, if that same woman wants a baby after she is married, she may have complications or not be able to have another.
   
It is written in,
Proverbs 6:16-17
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.

Yes, the mother that aborts that child, which is from God, will be judged at the judgment, but so shall all that are involved in man’s legalized murder.

It is written in,
Isaiah 10:1
Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

God’s Word gives a severe warning to all that would try to go against God’s laws. They may not believe in God, but the very God that they do not believe in will indeed judge them. Indeed, these very words shall judge him.

It is written in,
John 12:48
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

God’s Word and medical science have both proven that the fruit of the womb is a totally separate person from the mother.

As already mentioned in,
Psalm 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

It is part of God’s covenant of life. Consider carefully what God’s Word has said.

It is written in,
Proverbs 3:7-8
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 

Proverbs 16:6-7
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him

Proverbs 16:17
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Luke 13:3

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Revelations 3:18-20
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

If you are reading this and contemplating having an abortion—stop. Do not do it. If you have already done it, there is still hope. If you will repent and receive Jesus Christ by faith as your Lord and Savior, He will forgive you.

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