Social Issues (Part 1): Abortion

Social Issues

Abortion is the procedure through which the life of a child in the womb is deliberately terminated. In other words, when an abortion is performed, an unborn child (a human being) is intentionally killed.

Those who argue in favor of abortion defend the practice as a woman’s “right to choose” (yet in most cases, it is really about avoiding the consequences of other choices). They contend that arguments or legislation against abortion are hostile toward women as they are to have a right to privacy (yet privacy should not be used to justify sin). They declare that they have authority over their own bodies (yet they deny the unborn child authority over his/her own body). They often (but not always) ignore or argue against the humanity of the unborn.

Facts & Statistics

Abortion became legal throughout the United States with the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court in 1973. Since that time, over 60 million abortions have been carried out in the United States.

There were 41.9 million abortions worldwide in 2018.

In 2015, over 91% of abortions in the United States were performed during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are an increasing number of people who will argue for “partial birth abortion” even up to the day of birth.

Basic Bible Principles Relating to This

God is the giver of life – When God created man in the beginning, He “formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). However, this was not just about the first man; God gives life to all men. Paul pointed this out to the philosophers on Mars Hill: “He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things” (Acts 17:25).

God creates life in the womb – The psalmist praised God for this fact: “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:13-16). When God called Jeremiah to prophesy for Him, He said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5). God knew each one of us before anyone else knew we existed.

Human beings are made in the image of God – In the beginning, “God created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:26-27). Because of this, human life was to be valued and defended (Genesis 9:6). James said we are not even to “curse” others – let alone kill them – because they “have been made in the likeness of God” (James 3:9).

There is no difference in the humanity or value between a baby in the womb and a baby outside of the womb – When Elizabeth was pregnant and met Mary, Luke recorded that “the baby leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41). After Jesus was born, an angel told the shepherds that they would “find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12). In both verses, the same Greek word (brephos) is used for the child in the womb and the child out of the womb. As far as human life is concerned, there was no difference between one born and one unborn.

Murder is wrong – After the flood, God condemned murder and prescribed the death penalty for anyone guilty of murdering one who was made in His image (Genesis 9:5-6). One of the Ten Commandments was, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). The law would go on to specify that this would even apply to the killing of a baby that was yet unborn (Exodus 21:22-25). However, this was not just a command for the Old Testament. Murder is also condemned under the new covenant (Romans 13:9; 1 Timothy 1:9-10).

Bottom Line

Abortion is the active and deliberate taking of an innocent human life – one that has been made in the image of God. Therefore, abortion is wrong.

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