Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman's Right to Choose

By COGwriter

Abortion is practiced all around the world.  It is practiced both in developed, as well as developing, countries.

What is an abortion?  What are the different types of abortion? When does human life begin?  What exactly are a woman's biblical rights to chose?  Do the Bible and early religious writings tell us how Christians should view abortion? Did earlier Catholic bishops allow it? What have others taught? Are there alternatives to embyronic stem cell research?

This article will attempt to answer those questions. Some may also, or instead, wish to view the YouTube video Abortion, the Bible, and US Debt.

What is an Abortion?

An abortion, for the purposes of this article, is human induced killing of an unborn (or forced out) human baby.

MSN Encarta has this definition:

1. operation to end pregnancy: an operation or other intervention to end a pregnancy by removing an embryo or fetus from the womb. 

A partial-birth abortion is an abortion that happens in the later stages of pregnancy and can include killing the baby as it is being born. 

What Are the Different Types of Abortion Techniques?

There are at least seven ways that abortions are induced.  Here are six of them: 

First, there's the suction type abortion. This is where the unborn child is literally vacuumed from the mother's womb during the early stages of pregnancy.

The currette-type abortion is where the child is cut from the mother's womb with a spoon-like object.

A third type is similar to a Caesarean operation. The baby is surgically removed from the mother and allowed to suffocate, because the child's lungs aren't developed.

The fourth type of abortion is the Salt Brine technique. With this method, the unborn child is literally "pickled" to death by the injection of a strong salt solution. A few days after the injection the child is still born.

There is currently much debate about partial-birth abortions. This is where a child is partially delivered, then stabbed in the skull to have his or her brains sucked out.

There is also much talk about the RU-486 abortion pill from France, also called "mifepristione" in America. This pill works by inhibiting pregnancy hormones, and is normally used within seven weeks from conception (Melton J.L. ABORTION Ten Bible Reasons Why It Is Wrong. Copyright © 1996).

Because it can remove a fertilized egg, IUDs (intra-uterine devices) are considered to be abortion-inducing and are not considered simply as birth control by those in the the Churches of God. Certain "birth control" pills do something similar. Including what has been called 'Plan B' or the 'morning after pill.' Some have questioned its safety on female health, but on April 5, 2013, a US federal judge decided that girls of any age could take it, then a few weeks later the FDA decided on age 15, and US President Barack Obama endorsed his comfort with that:

A federal judge...ordered that the most common morning-after pill be made available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger...the pill...helps prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse...http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/health/judge-orders-fda-to-make-morning-after-pill-available-over-the-counter-for-all-ages.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0).

(CNN) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it approved the availability of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription for women 15 and older...If there has been fertilization, Plan B may prevent a fertilized egg from embedding in the uterus. (http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/30/health/morning-after-pill/)

The “morning after” pill, designed to induce abortion immediately after sex, will now be available without a prescription to any female 15 and over.  This, my friends, is bigger than Roe v. Wade. (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2013/05/the-morning-after-abortion-pill-over-the-counter/)

President Barack Obama said Thursday he was comfortable with his administration's decision to allow over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill for anyone 15 and older. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-new-morning-after-pill-limit-article-1.1334023

Helps prevent pregnancy? Well it helps insure that an ovum, fertilized or otherwise, will not survive. It can be an abortifacient.

Speaking of abortificants, notice also the following:

Women who use an IUD will expel about one fertilized ovum annually (assuming that they engage in intercourse once per week) (Source: ABORTION: CURRENT BELIEFS BY VARIOUS RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR GROUPS. http://www.religioustolerance.org/abo_hist1.htm 07/17/07).

The abortions from IUD and pills are not counted in the official abortion statistics, but should be obvious that these form of abortions are very common. And they also kill a human life.

Late term abortionists make sure that the baby will die, one way or the other. Notice:

In an undercover sting operation, a woman who was 23-plus weeks pregnant (abortion is illegal in New York and other states after 24 weeks) secretly recorded the conversations she had in this abortionist’s office. In an exchange laden with euphemisms on both sides to conceal the gruesome nature of the discussion, the pregnant woman wondered aloud what would happen if “it” (her fetus) emerged from her intact and alive.

The employee assigned to take note of medical history reassured the woman, “We never had that for ages” (a seeming admission that a baby did survive abortion at the clinic at least once) but that should “it” “survive this,” “They would still have to put it in like a jar, a container, with solution, and send it to the lab. . . . We don’t just throw it out in the garbage.” Oh, and this innocuous-sounding “solution” was, of course, a toxic substance suitable for killing an infant.

“Like, what if it was twitching?” asked the pregnant woman.

“The solution will make it stop,” said the clinic employee. “That’s the whole purpose of the solution . . . It will automatically stop. It won’t be able to breathe anymore.”

As for any qualms a woman might have about seeing her newborn child being poisoned and drowned in a jar, the employee advised her “patient” not to worry: She’d be under sedation, and the murder would take place in another room anyway. ( http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_truth_about_late_term_abortion_TDW9MnQT0XIQDRyfInpm2L)

29 April 2013 PHILADELPHIA — They are known as Baby Boy A, Baby C, Baby D and Baby E, all of whom prosecutors call murdered children and the defense calls aborted fetuses — the very difference in language encapsulating why anti-abortion advocates are so passionate about drawing attention to the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell…

To anti-abortion leaders, the accounts have the power to break through decades of hardened positions in the abortion wars, not just because of the graphic details but because they raise the philosophical issue of why an abortion procedure performed in utero is legal, but a similar act a few minutes later, outside the womb, is considered homicide.

The distinction “is maybe a 15-minute or half-hour time frame and 10 inches of physical space,” said Michael Geer, the president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, an anti-abortion group. “I think it’s going to resurrect a debate about the humanity of the unborn child.”…

Baby D, a clinic worker testified, was delivered into a toilet by a woman waiting for Dr. Gosnell and it appeared to make swimming motions before one of the doctor’s assistants pulled it out and cut its neck.

Two workers said they heard Baby E crying before Dr. Gosnell cut its spine with scissors. The prosecutor quoted a worker: “It made noises, a whine like my baby.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/us/trial-abortion-doctor-kermit-gosnell.html?_r=0)

Gosnell, 72, is accused of killing babies by using scissors to cut their spinal cords. Authorities allege that some of the infants were born alive and viable during the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy. (http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/30/justice/pennsylvania-abortion-doctor-trial/index.html) Dr. Gosnell, who is now 72, “never turned away a desperate troubled young lady,” said McMahon. “Abortion…isn’t pretty,” he told the jury...Cameron said that Dr. Gosnell murdered infants who showed signs of life despite being aborted by cutting their spines with scissors and causing subsequent suffocation.(http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/803391)

Abortion is the taking of a human life.

When Does Human Life Begin?

The Bible makes it clear that human life begins prior to birth.  Since all fertilized human eggs are human, human life begins at the time of conception.

Knowing happens at conception makes this clearer.  Normally (unless there is Down syndrome or something that changes the number of chromosomes) 23 unpaired chromosomes from the egg and 23 unpaired chromosomes from the sperm come together and form a new entity with 46 chromosomes.  This new entity is a new human life. It did not come into existence before conception and does not change genetically after conception. It is not a dog, a frog, or simply a pile of tissue. The unborn baby is a developing human being.

The Bible shows, that unlike humans, God does know how babies grow in the womb:

5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything (Ecclesiastes 11:5, NKJV throughout except when otherwise noted).

Elizabeth made a positive comment about her unborn baby John the Baptist leaping (Luke 1:41-44) and the statements that the Angel that appeared to Mary to tell her about her upcoming conception (Luke 1:31-35) also provide additional biblical support to the idea that the unborn are human.

The Bible also makes it clear that David and Jeremiah were human and known before to God while they were in the womb prior to being born:

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written,  The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them (Psalm 139:13-16).

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations"  (Jeremiah 1:4-5).

Notice also:

44 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb:"I am the Lord, who makes all things...'(Isaiah 44:24)

Furthermore, notice that the death penalty could come from an injury to a pregnant woman:

If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman's husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe (Exodus 21:22-25).

The expression "no harm follows" can be interpreted that both the mother and the baby live, and that the baby and mother are healthy. But, if they are not and somehow permanently harmed, punishment will follow, apparently including the death penalty if either die. God does not condone the killing of unborn infants.

In the Hebrew scriptures (the Old Testament) a term translated about 26 times as infant(s) or child or little one is the Hebrew word 'owlel.  That same word is used for unborn infants in Job 3:16 (and perhaps other verses), hence God considers unborn infants to be living human beings--children. 

However, human life cannot be considered to begin prior to conception for several reasons.  One is since the Bible condemns sex outside of marriage and no one is biblically required to get married, it is not a sin to remain celibate (scriptures provided later).  The natural monthly menstrual cycle of a non-pregnant woman results in the loss of an ovum each month.  In a male, non-copulated sperm is reabsorbed.  Hence since God designed these events, it should not be considered that human life begins prior to the joining of the sperm and the ovum (conception) as more sperm and ovum die naturally than can ever become fertilized.

Perhaps I should add that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the abortionists often raised the argument about when human life began, despite the fact that it is clear it began at conception. Finally, in 2014 the pro-abortion group called Planned Parenthood admited that they did not want to use the 'when human life began' argument (see Planned Parenthood: When life begins is not relevant)--they have long tried to suppress the truth to promote unrighteousness (cf. Romans 1:18). Abortion is the killing of unborn human beings and everyone should realize that is what it really is.

Abortion Statistics

While abortions have been done throughout history, they have never been as common as they are now in our modern age.  It has been estimated that in these latter times there are approximately 46,000,000 abortions per year (Stanley K. Henshaw, Susheela Singh and Taylor Haas. The Incidence of Abortion Worldwide. Family Planning Perspectives. Volume 25, Supplement, January 1999).  That is more people that have died in any war (other than probably World War II and possibly the Mongol Conquests) and even if that estimate is high, millions of abortions are performed every year!

Actually, since only about 137,000,000 people died from the bubonic plague, more people have died in the 21st century from abortion than died of the bubonic plague--the hideous black death!

The following apparently includes the 20th and 21st century:

Abortion has ended over 1 billion lives worldwide and left many women with emotional trauma and heartache. (O'Brien C. Hillary Clinton Pushes Abortion on a Global Scale. LifeNews, September 30, 2014 http://www.lifenews.com/2014/09/30/hillary-clinton-pushes-abortion-on-a-global-scale/ viewed 10/21/14)

Also notice the following:

Additionally, in 2003, Cuba and Russia reported higher rates of abortion than actual live births (International Family Planning Perspectives, September 2007). Between 1973-2005, nearly 50 million abortions were successfully performed in the US alone (NRLC.org, October 20, 2004). These figures are one tell-tale sign of worldwide societal decline. The Apostle Paul observed “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:22). Thankfully soon, all of creation including children and the unborn, will be delivered from the captivity of the deceitful god of this age (Romans 8:21; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9). Abortions will one day soon cease. God speed that day! (Winnail S. World Ahead Weekly Update, July 1, 2010)

The Bible prophesied that in the last days people would be "without natural affection" (2 Timothy 3:3, KJV).  Here is information on the Greek term so translated:

NT:794
astorgos (as'-tor-gos); from NT:1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of stergo (to cherish affectionately); hard-hearted towards kindred:

KJV - without natural affection.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

What is interesting here is that the word astorgos seems to mean a lack of love towards those you are related to.  Certainly that encompasses abortion. Thus increased abortions is consistent with the biblical prophecy in 2 Timothy.

It has been estimated that since the late 1970s, 163 million abortions have been performed specifically for the purpose of eliminating female babies (Last JV. The War Against Girls. The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2011; see also 163 Million Aborted for Being Female)--and mainly in China and India. This gendercide, this reduction of females, increases violence:

There is indeed compelling evidence of a link between sex ratios and violence...In Chinese provinces where the sex ratio has spiked, a crime wave has followed.  Today in India, the predictor of violence and crime for any given area is not income but sex ratio. (Last, p. C5)

Because of gender-driven abortions, more males than normal will be more willing to fight in the military of countries with insufficient females.   Easy access to abortion, economic factors, and China's "one child" policy appear to be setting the stage for a potential large army in the 21st century.

Interestingly, the Bible tells of a time that there will be a massive 200 million man army:

13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed–by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths (Revelation 9:13-18).

While creating female infanticide, increased societal violence, and the fulfillment of end-time biblical prophecies related to a 200 million man army were likely never the intent of abortion-rights advocates, the reality is that the first two have happened and the stage is being set for the third to take place.  These are terrible consequences of the right to choose death for female babies. See also the article Asia in Prophecy.

A Woman's Biblical Rights

Do women have biblical sexual rights and responsibilities?  What are a woman's biblical rights?  What, for that matter, are a biblical man's rights?  Are there limitations?  If so, what are they in this context?

The Bible makes it clear that women do have specific rights and responsibilities in the sexual arena. 

One is the right, essentially an obligatory statute, not to have sex if they are not married:

If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and detests her, and charges her with shameful conduct, and brings a bad name on her, and says, 'I took this woman, and when I came to her I found she was not a virgin,' "then the father and mother of the young woman shall take and bring out the evidence of the young woman's virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. And the young woman's father shall say to the elders, 'I gave my daughter to this man as wife, and he detests her;  now he has charged her with shameful conduct, saying, "I found your daughter was not a virgin," and yet these are the evidences of my daughter's virginity.' And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.  Then the elders of that city shall take that man and punish him;  and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name on a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife; he cannot divorce her all his day (Deuteronomy 22:13-19).

The above also gives women a right to not having her reputation improperly tarnished.

A woman also has the right to not be raped:

"But if a man finds a betrothed young woman in the countryside, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die. But you shall do nothing to the young woman; there is in the young woman no sin deserving of death, for just as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him, even so is this matter (Deuteronomy 22:25-26).

Another right is that women, like men, have the right to marry or the right not to marry.  Notice:

But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am;  but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion (1 Corinthians 7:8-9).

Furthermore, another is that women have a right to decide who they wish to marry.  Notice the following two accounts:

Then they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I will go"... Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her (Genesis 24:58,67).

This is what the LORD commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, 'Let them marry whom they think best...(Numbers 36:6).

However, married persons, either male or female are expected to not deprive their spouses of sex:

Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.  The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.  Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control (1 Corinthians 7:3-5).

Furthermore, it needs to be mentioned here that the Bible does not teach against birth control methods that do not involve killing unborn babies.  Here are some written Church of God perspectives:

Planned parenthood violates no law of God! Planned parenthood is a definite contribution to this supreme purpose of character building. It entails, of course, the responsibility for right and wise planning.

Any teaching or legislating which violates this divine purpose of God—which instills in wives the dread and fear of pregnancy—is a religious heresy, and/or a violation of the higher Laws of Almighty God!

No wife should ever need to suffer the fear of pregnancy. It is natural for every wife to want to become a mother. To prevent having children and producing a family would be a direct violation of God’s command, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” But to plan a family in an intelligent manner, as to the time of the first arrival, and the time-spacing of other children—that is a different matter. Nothing in the Bible forbids this. Much in the Bible, in principle, supports it! (Armstrong HW. Missing Dimension in Sex).

The Apostle Paul wrote: "But if anyone does not provide for his own [family]… he has denied the faith" (1 Timothy 5:8). Would anyone argue that a Christian can provide for a family member by killing him? Remember: one of the Ten Commandments specifically condemns murder (Exodus 20:13). In other words, any birth control method that induces abortion is wrong (Winnail D. Abortion: A Modern Holocaust? Tomorrow's World Magazine, March-April 2005).

We in the Continuing Church of God believe that the Bible does allow for birth control (the principle about providing for one's one family implies that one will not have more children than one can provide for), but not abortion (actually one of the many Differences Between the Continuing Church of God and the Roman Catholic Church is that none of our true leaders ever allowed abortion, yet Catholic "Popes" sometimes have). It is even possible that Jesus was to a degree encouraging the idea of birth control in the latter days as He warned:

But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation...(Matthew 24:19-21).

It is possible that Jesus is telling His followers that they may not wish to become pregnant just before the great tribulation. And if that is so, then birth control of some type may be advisable for married people where the wife is fertile. This also would be similar to Paul's comments about remaining single during a persecution he referred to as "this present distress" (1 Corinthians 7:26-27).

And while there are many differences between the real Church of God and the Orthodox Church, here is one area that the two seem to agree on as the Orthodox do allow for birth control:

a...view has taken hold among Orthodox writers and thinkers on this topic, which permits the use of certain contraceptive practices within marriage for the purpose of spacing children, enhancing the expression of marital love, and protecting health" (Harakis S. The Stand of the Orthodox Church on Controversial Issues. http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article7101.asp 8/20/05).

But even if wise birth control is not part of what Jesus is saying, as mentioned earlier, birth control does not kill any new life. 

Married women also have the right to be loved by their Christian husbands as their husbands are biblically obligated to love them:

Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them (Colossians 3:19).

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,  that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,  that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.  So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself (Ephesians 5:25-28).

So, the Bible shows that women have the right (actually an obligation, as do men, 1 Corinthians 6:18) to not have sex before marriage, do not have to get married, can marry who they think it best, can apparently engage in birth control, and have the right to be loved by Christian husbands.

The Bible tells both men and women which way to choose when they are faced with choices:

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you...

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live (Deuteronomy 30:15-16,19).

Those who wish to live according to the Bible will choose life so that they and their children (their descendants) will live.

In The Bible God Blessed Those Who Would Not Do "Partial-Birth" Abortions

The first reference to any type of abortion in the Bible that I have seen occurs in Exodus.  Notice the following account related to partial-birth/full birth abortions:

Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah;  and he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live."  But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.  Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty.  And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them (Exodus 1:15-17,20-21).

Hence, in spite of being ordered by a ruler of the land, those that feared God would not perform partial-birth abortions and God provided for those who refused to do them.

Even pagan cultures have realized that abortion is wrong. Notice the following picture which is a Bas relief decorating the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, dated circa 1150, depicting a demon performing an abortion upon a woman by pounding a mallet into her belly:

The Bible warns about "doctrines of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1). Surely abortion is not a doctrine of good angels.

Many abortions occur because of greed or sexual sins.

While not all abortions occur because of sexual sins such as fornication, adultery, and prostitution, many do. Abortion is not a solution for all sins. Adding sin to sin is not the solution.

Do Not Shed Innocent Blood

The Bible condemns those that shed innocent blood, as that is something that God hates:

So you shall put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you when you do what is right in the sight of the LORD (Deuteronomy 21:9).

These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:  A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths.  The way of peace they have not known, And there is no justice in their ways; They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way shall not know peace (Isaiah 59:7-8).

Thus says the LORD: "Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place (Jeremiah 22:3).

"Yet your eyes and your heart are for nothing but your covetousness, For shedding innocent blood, And practicing oppression and violence" (Jeremiah 22:17).

Babies are innocent.  Killing them is the shedding of innocent blood. 

Notice the following:

My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness (Psalm 119:172).

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).

Killing babies through abortion is not righteous. It is a reproach to nations that allow and encourage it.

Those that consent to abortions are often proud, are normally lying to themselves that they are not doing violence to a human being, and often have abortions because of their own lusts and covetousness.  Adding the sin of abortion to their other sins is simply not the answer.

They also place themselves in the same category as Judas Iscariot, for he admitted that when he betrayed Jesus Christ, he (Judas) betrayed "innocent blood" (Matthew 27:4). Jesus was betrayed by someone He considered to be a friend--no baby should be betrayed by the mother that is supposed to love them.

Women are struck emotionally for the rest of their lives (please also Abortion Proponents Lied to Public as some women's sorrows about having abortions is mentioned) when they consent to an abortion (the Bible even warns of curses for killing the innocent, Deuteronomy 27:25).  That is not a choice they ever should make.

The woman that the pro-abortion forces used to get the Roe vs. Wade pro-abortion decision (Norma L. McCorvey, whose court case was filed under the alias of  Jane Roe) on January 22, 1973, later regretted her decision.  So much so that in August 1995, she (Norma L. McCorvey) announced that she had become an advocate of Operation Rescue's campaign to make abortion illegal.

Pro-Choice is Not Pro-Choice, But Pro-Satan and Pro-Death

Of course, in many ways the so-called 'pro-choice' movement does not want people to even know the truth about abortion. Notice the following that was reported in July 2013:

Three major U.S. newspapers are being criticized for rejecting a paid ad (shown at right) submitted by a national pro-life group. The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today all refused to run a sensitive and compelling ad, created by the national pro-life group Heroic Media, which shows a hand holding a tiny 24-week-old pre-born baby, and includes the tagline: “This child has no voice, which is why it depends on yours. Speak Up.” (Bohon D. Major Newspapers Reject Pro-Life Ad. 08 July 2013, http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/15930-major-newspapers-reject-pro-life-ad)

If they ads ran, then some women may be able to make a more informed choice, such as realizing that it is a child they are about to kill.

Notice also the following which also happened in July 2013 (bolding in source):

In the war between life and death, all eyes are on Texas, as the Lone Star State legislature is poised to pass a sweeping late-term abortion ban. Gov. Rick Perry has pledged to sign the bill into law. The lines have been clearly drawn surrounding this progress toward equality and civil rights for pre-born Americans.

Not surprisingly, as the pro-abortion side loses legislative battle after legislative battle, its true colors are coming into focus. Those colors are darker than many might have imagined...

Although our pro-abortion media will not likely give it much coverage, a similar such flashpoint of clarity occurred this past Tuesday in the Texas State House as pro-abortion activists, throughout the day, shouted “Hail, Satan!” in an effort to drown out pro-life speeches and an impromptu rendering of “Amazing Grace.” CNN’s Josh Rubin confirmed this astonishing display by tweeting on site, “Crowd of anti-abortion activists giving speeches while a group of people chant hail Satan in the background.”

I would like to take a moment to pause and personally thank our Satan-hailing friends for their brutally wicked honesty...Understandably, many leftists now complain that this frank display of pro-choice allegiance to the prince of darkness has hurt the multibillion-dollar baby-killing biz. They’re right. It has. It’s blown away the smokescreen of euphemistic pro-choice rhetoric and propaganda to expose, naked beneath, that which lies at abortion’s inglorious core: death, death and more death. Indeed, the very Satan they hail was the first “pro-choicer.” While Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, Satan is the end, the lie and death itself. While Christ is the author of life, Satan is the author of abortion. Our pro-choice friends in Texas have now revealed that they at least intuitively recognize this reality...

Do you consider yourself pro-choice? Perhaps it’s time to reconsider. When “pro-choicers” find themselves shouting “Hail, Satan!” over a chorus of “Amazing Grace” at a gathering geared toward saving babies, maybe it’s time to dust off that ol’ worldview and give it a second look...

Pro-choice to do what? Pro-choice to dismember alive a baby girl in her mother’s womb? That’s wicked. That’s evil—objective, absolute evil—every time and without exception. That’s abortion.

Abortion is death. If you’re pro-choice, you’re pro-abortion and, consequently, pro-death. As the babies you should be protecting perish, so, too, do you perish. You are perishing in the spirit, which is a fate worse than physical death. (Barber 'Hail, Satan!': The New Pro-Choice Mantra? July 8, 2013 http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/clarion-call/40136-hail-satan-the-new-pro-choice-mantra)

The choice is to obey God or support killing babies. The choice should be easy for those not excessively influenced by Satan.

Abortion, US Debt and Relative Living Standards

While abortions were historically illegal in the USA, this began to change in the late 1960s:

Between 1967 and 1973 one-third of the states liberalized or repealed their criminal abortion laws. However, the right to have an abortion in all states was only made available to American women in 1973 when the Supreme Court struck down the remaining restrictive state laws with its ruling in Roe v. Wade. (History of Abortion. National Abortion Federation. http://www.prochoice.org/about_abortion/history_abortion.html viewed 04/02/13)

Since States began to "liberalize" or repeal anti-abortion laws, the economic situation in the USA began to change (bolding and italics in source):

Until 1970, the United States had a trade surplus and an inflow of money sometimes called a favorable balance of trade. After 1970, for the first time in a century, the United States was buying more goods abroad than it sold. It moved from a trade surplus to a trade deficit, when imports exceed exports, and money was flowing out of the United States in payments to foreign countries for imports. Since 1970, the unfavorable trade balance and trade deficit has grown...

After World War II until 1970, the United States was a creditor nation lending money to other countries. As a creditor nation, other countries owed more money to the United States than the United States owed to foreign countries.

After 1970, the United States became a net debtor nation. As a debtor nation, the United States owes more money to foreign countiress than the foreign countries owe the United States. The United States is now the largest debtor among all nations. (Howard J. Sherman, E. K. Hunt, Reynold F. Nesiba, Phillip Anthony O'Hara. Economics: An Introduction to Traditional and Progressive Views, 7th edition. M.E. Sharpe, 2008, p. 175)

It should be pointed out that although others believe that the line from an overall creditor to debtor nation happened in the 1980s (as opposed to annually which began around 1971), the process began earlier:

March 22, 2010 – Only a few decades ago, the United States was the world’s largest creditor nation.  American capital spanned the globe financing all types of investments in virtually every country.  But that dominance began to erode in the 1960s...By the 1980s, the inevitable happened.  As generations of accumulated wealth disappeared, a line was crossed.  America now owed more to the rest of the world than the world owed to it.  The United States had become a debtor nation, and it has continued to run up the tab in the decades since. (Turk J. Debtor Nation. http://www.fgmr.com/debtor-nation.html viewed 04/03/13)

Notice two public statements from US President Barack Obama:

Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls. (Barack Obama: Beyoncé is the perfect role model for my daughters. The Guardian, September 20, 2012)

{Abortion} I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. (January 22, 2012: President Obama’s statement issued on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Shown at 2012.Presidential-Candidates.org)

Beyoncé is a female American singer who often seems to violate standards of modesty (cf. 1 Timothy 2:9). Abortion is murder, and abortion is wrong. 

Notice the following:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness ... 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18, 29-32)

ALL the bolded terms above and more apply to the promoters of abortion.

Promoting and/or approving biblically-condemned actions is dangerous and puts the U.S.A. at increasing risk God’s judgment (Romans 1:32). And some of that judgment is upon us: The rate of USA indebtedness also has greatly accelerated since 2008. And the USA is far and away the most indebted nation of all time.

The Bible warns that leaders can cause people to do worse and have major problems:

12 As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.” (Isaiah 3:12)

16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed (Isaiah 9:16).

To consider that since movement in the USA towards the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, not only have 55,000,000 or so babies been aborted/murdered, the USA has gone from being the world's largest creditor nation to the world's largest debtor nation. This is not good (see also Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States-Second Edition for Second Obama Term).

According to the Bible, debt is a curse of disobeying God:

43 "The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. 44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. 45 "Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. (Deuteronomy 28:43-46)

The destruction of the USA is coming and abortion in one of the many reasons (see also Anglo-America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel).

Also notice what has happened to the economy of the United States:

In real terms, as mentioned above, US growth in the 21st century seems to have fallen back to medieval levels. Why?...Because the economy failed to produce real growth. After 1973, wages, for example, adjusted for inflation, went nowhere. (Bonner B. Economic Growth in the Internet Age. Daily Reckoning, June 23, 2011)

The typical working stiff earns less real money today than he did 40 years ago. (Bonner B. Economic Long Live the 1%. Daily Reckoning, November 25, 2011)

Coincidence or curse? The reality is that prior to abortions becoming "legalized" in the late 1960s and then nationally in 1973, most people in the USA seemed to understand that it was not wise to consume more than you produce. Now, with more abortion and less understanding of other basic biblically-supported economic concepts, a culture that accepts this type of debt and living off of others has flourished. But it will NOT last. This is extremely dangerous and few in the USA seem to understand that the USA will ultimately have its creditors rise up against it:

6 “Will not all these take up a proverb against him, And a taunting riddle against him, and say,’Woe to him who increases What is not his — how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges’? 7 Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty. 8 Because you have plundered many nations, All the remnant of the people shall plunder you, Because of men’s blood And the violence of the land and the city, And of all who dwell in it.   ( Habakkuk 2:5-8)

Abortion shed's human blood. The USA has greatly increased debt along with its increased acceptance of abortion. Destruction to the strongest military power is prophesied (cf. Daniel 11:39).

Abortion is a Clear Violation of the Hippocratic Oath

Although it always needed to be modified because of its initial swearing to pagan gods, abortion was clearly and specifically prohibited to doctors who took what is known as the Hippocratic oath. Here is one English translation of parts of the original Hippocratic oath:

I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.

I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.

I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.

In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or men, be they free or slaves.

All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.

If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practise my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life.  (Wikipedia, viewed 12/13/13)

Reportedly, though there is currently no legal obligation for medical students to swear an oath upon graduating, 98% of American medical students ‘swear some form of oath.’  Irrespective of that, the Bible teaches that one is not to murder (Exodus 20:13). The version that most doctors 'swear to' no longer mentions abortion, but if they understood their history better, they would realize that their profession is supposed to be against abortion.

Some Comments on Human Stem Cell Research

Some have wondered about research involving embryonic human stem cells. Here are some comments from Wallace Smith related to the March 9, 2009 decision in the USA to allow more of it:

…the March 9th change in American embryonic stem cell research policy is a horrible sign of an atrocious attitude toward human life.  Really — absolutely vomitous.

First, the idea that revoking the previous administration’s ban on federal funding of such embryo-destructive research is somehow “removing ideology” from science or “restoring integrity” to science is so ludicrous that it would be laughable if it weren’t so horrific.  It’s almost as if one is saying, “By this taking this ideologically driven action, I hereby remove ideology from playing any role.”  The stand that destroying human life for the sake of scientific research — embryonic or otherwise — is acceptable is just as much an ideological stand as saying the opposite, and to think otherwise is nothing but hypocrisy and political theater (unless it is profound ignorance, which is always a possibility, I suppose).

I wonder…  If it ever becomes necessary to place a ban on federal funding of involuntary experimentation on the comatose, elderly, or infirm, will that ban be derided as “ideological” or “lacking scientific integrity”?

Secondly, it occurs to me that when politicians consider such issues as when human life begins as being above their pay grade, it is all the more remarkable how willing they are to carelessly pass legislation concerning such matters as if they have all the answers.

Of course, there is Someone for whom the issue is not above His pay grade.  And this country’s attitudes towards its most innocent and vulnerable have already garnered His attention.  I doubt that this has escaped His notice, either.

Don’t get me wrong.  I believe that the other side of this national debate (or non-debate) is guilty of its own hypocrisy, and I cannot understand those who believe that creating embryos to be eternally frozen in pursuit of having children is somehow a pro-human life position.

But I try to call it as I see it, and Monday’s change in policy represented another black eye for this nation’s respect for humanity, which God created in His own image.  Will it help us along to a fulfillment of Revelation 18:13 (trading in the “bodies and souls of men”) in the economy of the Beast power — which is not the U.S., by the way –  that is as yet unfathomable?  Interesting idea, but I certainly don’t claim to know.  But I guarantee you, the consequences will not be good. (Smith W. Embryonic stem cell research decision: Absolutely vomitous)

As a scientist, I have written for years that there are other (cheaper and in my opinion simpler) ways to accomplish much of the stem cell goals without human stem cells at all (animal parts work).  Furthermore, umbilical cord stem cells have always been available and do not have the moral problems. Thus, I have long believed that the "science" argument for why embryonic stem cell research is "necessary" has been hypocritical: there never was any real need for it.

It has long been my belief that the real reason that the stem cell issue has been floated around is so that the abortion industry wants to use it to try to pretend that abortion is morally acceptable.  It is not, nor is the type of stem cell research that President Obama approved morally acceptable.

Without massive national repentance the USA is doomed relatively soon (see also Anglo - America in Prophecy).  The stem cell issue is just one more area of the national sins of the USA.

Might Aborted Contribute to or Cause Autism?

There may be additional problems that abortions are causing if the following report holds true:

Former drug company scientist Helen Ratajczak recently created a firestorm of debate from all sides of the vaccine-autism issue when she published her comprehensive review of autism research. This is a massively important study, for more than one reason. One element brought to light that has managed to stay well below the radar is the use of aborted embryonic cells in vaccine production.

CBS News recently reported:

“Ratajczak reports that about the same time vaccine makers took most thimerosal out of most vaccines (with the exception of flu shots which still widely contain thimerosal), they began making some vaccines using human tissue.

Ratajczak says human tissue is currently used in 23 vaccines. She discusses the increase in autism incidences corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked.”

(http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/10/this-shocking-fact-is-never-disclosed-on-any-vaccine-informed-consent-form.aspx?e_cid=20110710_SNL_Art_N)

I have known for some time that the industry was trying to come up with “uses” for aborted human babies.  Dr. Mercola’s article basically hints that this may be increasing the incidence of autism.  Whether it does or not, it is a moral outrage. Perhaps I should add that I have seen lists of products that supposedly contain aborted tissues--if true, this somewhat reminds me of the old move Soylent Green, where people were eaten as part of the futuristic "food" supply.

The Law of God and Early Writings

The ten commandments were given to both men and women (Exodus 20:18-19).  Both are to obey them, including the seventh commandment which states:

You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).

Thus neither men nor women have the right to have sex with someone else's spouse.  Furthermore, the Bible condemns all sexual immorality (sex outside of marriage):

Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18).

People may chose to violate God's laws, but they do need to understand that they are sinning if they do.  And God does not approve of sin. 

And the fifth commandment states:

You shall not murder (Exodus 20:13).

And Jesus expanded that commandment:

You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder,' and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.  But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment (Matthew 5:21-22).

You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  44 But I say to you, love your enemies (Matthew 5:43-44)

You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 19:19).

...whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them (Matthew 7:12).

No one has the biblical right to murder--and this was expanded to love your enemy as well as to love your neighbor as yourself.  And this includes women--hence murder through abortion (which normally requires action on a woman's part) or murder through warfare (which normally requires action on a man's part) are not New Testament sanctioned rights of choice--as neither one of them is showing love (an article of related interest may be The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil).

One of the earliest claimed Christian writings outside of the Bible , the Didache (believed to be from the first or early second century), contains the following instructions:

You shall not murder...you shall not be sexually promiscuous...you shall not abort a child or commit infanticide. (Didache, II, 2 as translated in Holmes M. The Apostolic Fathers--Greek Text and English Translations, 3rd printing 2004. Baker Books, Grand Rapids (MI) p. 253)

Both gladiatorial murder and abortion were considered murder by those that professed Christ in the second and third centuries.  Notice what Tertullian wrote in the late second century:

...Christians, who were endued with the same principles of humanity with other men : that they went so far from being friends to murder or manslaughter, that they held it unlawful to be present in gladiatorial sports, where men's lives were so wantonly sacrificed to the pleasure and curiosity of the people : that they accounted it murder for any woman by evil arts to procure abortion, to stifle the embryo, to kill a child, in a manner before it is alive (Tertullian.  Apology, Chapter 9 as cited in Cave W.  Primitive Christianity.  Henry Cary, ed.  Oxford, 1840, pp. 280-281).

But in regard to child murder, as it does not matter whether it is committed for a sacred object, or merely at one's own self-impulse (Tertullian. Apology. Chapter 9.  Translated by S. Thelwall).

So even in the late second century, those who professed Christ considered abortion to be murder.  This was also the case in the third century when Hippolytus condemned a religious leader and Bishop of Rome named Callistus:

For even also he permitted females, if they were unwedded, and burned with passion at an age at all events unbecoming, or if they were not disposed to overturn their own dignity through a legal marriage, that they might have whomsoever they would choose as a bedfellow, whether a slave or free, and that a woman, though not legally married, might consider such a companion as a husband. Whence women, reputed believers, began to resort to drugs for producing sterility, and to gird themselves round, so to expel what was being conceived on account of their not wishing to have a child either by a slave or by any paltry fellow, for the sake of their family and excessive wealth. Behold, into how great impiety that lawless one has proceeded, by inculcating adultery and murder at the same time! (Hippolytus. Refutation of All Heresies, Book IX, Chapter VII. Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 5. Edited by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson. American Edition, 1886. Online Edition Copyright © 2005 by K. Knight).

So early religious writers considered abortion to be murder.  And fornication to be adultery.  The Bible does not given anyone the right to commit fornication, adultery, nor murder.  And abortion is murder.

The Catholic Encyclopedia reported:

Callistus allowed the lower clergy to marry, and permitted noble ladies to marry low persons and slaves, which by the Roman law was forbidden; he had thus given occasion for infanticide (Chapman, John. “Pope Callistus I.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 3. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. 11 Sept. 200811 Sept. 2008 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03183d.htm>).

Side Note About Roman Catholic History

The following is the official position of the Roman Catholic Church on abortion and was approved by the late Pope John Paul II and the current Pope Benedict XVI (when Benedict XVI was still known as Cardinal Ratzinger):

Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to moral law (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2271. Imprimatur Potest +Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Doubleday, NY 1995, p. 606).

However, they seem to be ignoring the Roman Bishop Callistus (as well as later Popes and others) who did allow abortion.

Furthermore notice what one Protestant scholar wrote about other Roman Catholic Popes:

Most Catholics are not aware that the infallible Church and popes have changed their minds several times on this topic--unthinkable from today's perspective.

From the fifth century onward, Aristotle's view that the embryo goes through stages from vegetable to animal to spiritual was accepted. Only in the final stage was it human. Thus Gregory VI (1045-6) said, "He is not a murderer who brings about abortion before the soul is in the body." Gregory XIII (1572-85) said it was not homicide to kill an embryo of less than 40 days since it wasn't yet human. His successor, Sixtus V, who rewrote the Bible, disagreed. His Bull of 1588 made all abortions for any reason homicide and cause for excommunication. His successor, Gregory XIV, reversed that decree. In 1621 the Vatican issued another pastoral directive permitting abortion up to 40 days (Hunt D. A Women Rides the BeastHarvest House Publishers, Eugene (OR), 1994, pp. 519-520).

Quite similarly notice what one former Roman Catholic priest wrote:

Most Catholics assume that the soul is infused at conception...For fourteen hundred years until the late nineteenth century, all Catholics, including the popes, took it for granted that the soul is not infused at conception...

From the fifth century, the church accepted without question, the primitive embryology of Aristotle. The embryo began as a non-human speck that was progressively animated.

In the fifteenth century, moralists began to ask whether it was not possible in certain circumstances to get rid of the foetus without fault...Some went further. They said it was permissable to save a mother's life even after the foetus was humanized...

Gregory XIII (1572-85) said it was not homicide to kill an embryo of less than forty days since it was not human...His successor, the tempestuous Sixtus V, who rewrote the Bible, disagreed entirely. In his Bull Effraenatum of 1588, he said all abortions for whatever reason were homicide and were penalized by excommunication reserved to the Holy See. Immediately after Sixtus died, Gregory XIV realized that, in the current state of theological opinion, Sixtus' view was too severe. In an almost unique decision, he said Sixtus' censures were to be treated as if he had never issued them (De Rosa, Peter. Vicars of Christ. Poolbeg Press, Dublin, 2000, p.p 374-375).

Even some Catholic monks put out instructions for how women could perform abortions in the Middle Ages:

Looking for Medical Miracles in Medieval Manuscripts

Spiegel - March 25, 2010   excerpts...
 
Detailed copies of handwritten documents from the Middle Ages are on the desk in front of him. His favorite recipe, with its strange name, is from the "Lorsch pharmacopoeia," the oldest existing book of monastic medicine, written around 795 A.D., in the Lorsch Imperial Abbey near the southwestern German city of Worms....

Obscure passages can also be found in "Macer floridus," another standard work of monastic medicine. "When a pregnant woman takes in the scent of the wilting flower through her nose, this shall abort the fruit of the womb," a monk wrote in punchy Latin hexameter. He was referring to the flower of the wild arum plant. The same effect could be achieved, he added, "if the crushed root is inserted into the uterus from below with a small wool suppository."

The abortion method involving the suppository could even have worked. "Arum is quite toxic," says Mayer. However, the intervention was probably not completely safe for the pregnant woman. "In the Middle Ages, toxic substances were used very often," Mayer explains. "The people in the monasteries knew about the risks and side effects, but they often had no better alternatives."

Monks giving abortion tips? The medical historian doesn't find this outlandish at all. "The Catholic Church only formulated its rigid position on abortion in the 19th century," Mayer explains. It was not as clear in the past, he adds.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,685432,00.html

Although there is no evidence that any Church of God leader endorsed abortion, sadly some affiliated with the Roman Church have.

A Comment About Rape

The vast majority of abortions are essentially done because of personal preference.  A small percentage (about 3%) done to protect the health of the mother.  Perhaps about 1% of abortions are done because of rape.   

The July-August issue of Tomorrow's World has an article titled "The Deception of Abortion" by Gerald Weston that stated: 

Thankfully, not everyone has been deceived about the abortion issue. Several years after the Supreme Court ruling, a 15-year-old rape victim found herself in a situation like Norma McCorvey’s {pregnant}. But there was an important difference; the law now gave her the right to abort her child. Yet this brave young person chose to give birth to a baby daughter and turn her over for adoption to a couple who could care for her better than she could. The girl she brought into this world grew up in a loving family, went to university, became a social worker, married and had children. Today, millions of young people know of Pam Stenzel, an inspirational speaker and powerful advocate for abstinence, who teaches young people the price of having sex before marriage. When it comes to her own birth, in Pam’s own words, "I did not deserve to die because of the sin of my father."    

Interestingly, the Bible specifically teaches:

As for his father, Because he cruelly oppressed, Robbed his brother by violence, And did what is not good among his people, Behold, he shall die for his iniquity.

"Yet you say, 'Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?' Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live.  The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son (Ezekiel 18:18-20).

Now it happened, as soon as the kingdom was established in his hand, that he executed his servants who had murdered his father the king.  But the children of the murderers he did not execute, according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, in which the LORD commanded, saying, "Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; but a person shall be put to death for his own sin" (2 Kings 14:5-6).

Those who believe in the God of the Bible do not kill babies because of the sins of their fathers.  Nor should they kill their babies because of their own sins.

Abortion Shows a Lack of Faith and Understanding

One anti-abortion writer posted the following:

Abortion Shows A Lack of Faith

Romans 14:23 says, "...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.

To have an abortion is to take matters into your own hands, rather than to trust God to work things out. This shows a lack of faith in God, which the Bible labels as SIN.

A desperate woman says, "I can't afford to have a child. I'm not ready for this." Lady, you need to start trusting God and claiming His promises. You need to STOP trying to run your own life for a change and START trusting God. You don't need an abortion, for such will only INCREASE your troubles. The devil has you thinking that abortion is the answer, that it will take care of everything, and you're very close to giving in to his subtle temptation. If you do, you'll regret it forever, and God will hold you accountable! (Melton J.L. ABORTION Ten Bible Reasons Why It Is Wrong. Copyright © 1996).

 I agree.

Abortion also shows a lack of understanding about humanity. Notice the following:

At this point, let me inject a truth that, at the time this is being written, is probably the most controversial question at issue among the Western world's population--the question of abortion.

The human spirit enters the human embryo at conception. It is this spirit that may, upon adult conversion, be united with the Holy Spirit from the great Creator God, impregnating that human with God-life as a child of the living God, in a state of gestation, though as yet unborn. To destroy an embryo or a fetus in a mother's uterus is to MURDER a potential future God Being.

Therefore, abortion is murder. (Armstrong HW. Mystery of the Ages. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1985 p. 110)

More on human existence can be found in the article What is the Meaning of Life?.

If You Have Had an Abortion You Can Be Forgiven

While I am opposed to abortion and believe that the Bible condemns it, this does not mean that one can not be forgiven. An article of more detailed interest along with other information and links go to After Abortion, You Can Still Choose Christ. Another article of possible interest could be What is the Unpardonable Sin?

Conclusion

Life clearly begins at conception.  Abortion is a brutal and disgusting practice.  It has been condemned throughout history. Yet, in this "enlightened age," millions and millions are murdered by it. 

While the Church of Rome has sometimes supported it, those in the genuine Church of God have not.

The Continuing Church of God is opposed to abortion. Abortion is the killing of an innocent human baby.  The Bible says that a woman has the right to not engage in fornication, not be raped, and not get married.

The Bible allows for contraception that does not induce abortion. The USA has economically been going downhill since the acceptance of abortion--this is not good for the USA (other countries will also suffer for this, but most of them later).

A woman has a lot of rights of choice.  But just like a man, she does not have the right to take an innocent life.

She, just like a man, should always choose life. (There is also a the YouTube video Abortion, the Bible, and US Debt.)

Thiel R., Ph.D. Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman's Right to Choose. www.cogwriter.com/abortion.htm (c) 2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/2013/2014 1021

Articles of possibly related interest may include:

What is the Meaning of Life? Who does God say is happy? What is your ultimate destiny? Do you really know?
Abortion, the Bible, and US Debt This is a YouTube video about abortion and has a lot of information that is also in this article.

Abortion Proponents Lied to Public Some information related to those who helped make abortion "legal" in the USA.
Is God's Existence Logical? Some say it is not logical to believe in God. Is that true?
Is Evolution Probable or Impossible or Is God's Existence Logical? Part II This short article clearly answers what 'pseudo-scientists' refuse to acknowledge.
Where Did God Come From? Any ideas? And how has God been able to exist?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught?
Was the Commandment to Love the Only Command? Some have stated that John's writings teach this, but is that what the Bible really says?
The Ten Commandments and the Early Church Did Jesus and the Early Church keep the ten commandments? What order were they in? Here are quotes from the Bible and early writings.

Women and the New Testament Church Were women important in the New Testament Church? Which women and how were they involved?
After Abortion, You Can Still Choose Christ Is abortion the unpardonable sin? Can those who have had or encouraged abortions be forgiven?

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