What God’s Word Says About Abortion
By Lynn Copeland
God speaks very clearly
in the Bible on the value of unborn children. God’s
Word says that He personally made each one of us, and
has a plan for each life:
"Before I formed
you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I
set you apart" (Jeremiah 1:5).
"Even before I was
born, God had chosen me to be His" (Galatians
"For You created
my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s
womb . . . Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the
days ordained for me were written in Your book before
one of them came to be" (Psalm 139:13, 16). "Your
hands shaped me and made me . . . Did You not clothe
me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones
and sinews? You gave me life" (Job 10:8–12).
"This is what the
Lord says—He who made you, who formed you in
the womb" (Isaiah 44:2).
"Did not He who made
me in the womb make them? Did not the same One form
us both within our mothers?" (Job 31:15).
Because man is made in God’s
own image (Genesis 1:27), each life is of great value
to God: "Children are a gift from God" (Psalm
127:3). He even calls our children His own: "You
took your sons and daughters whom you bore to Me and
sacrificed them...You slaughtered My children"
(Ezekiel 16:20,21). The Bible says of our Creator, "In
His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath
of every human being" (Job 12:10). God, the giver
of life, commands us not to take the life of an innocent
person: "Do not shed innocent blood" (Jeremiah
7:6); "Cursed is the man who accepts a bribe to
kill an innocent person" (Deuteronomy 27:25). "You
shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13). Taking the life
of the unborn is clearly murder—"He didn’t
kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave"
(Jeremiah 20:17)— and God vowed to punish those
who "ripped open the women with child" (Amos
The unborn child was granted
equal protection in the law; if he lost his life, the
one who caused his death must lose his own life: "If
men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives
birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the
offender must be fined . . .But if there is serious
injury, you are to take 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 "prochoice,"
but He tells us clearly the only acceptable choice to
make: "I have set before you life and death, blessings
and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children
may live" (Deuteronomy 30:19).