BIBLE AND ABORTION

Children . . . Things to throw away?

Based on official United Nations statistics it is estimated that more than 50 million abortions are carried out world-wide every year (‘Abortion Policies – A Global Review’, UN Population Division, 2002). This means that approximately:

137,000 children are aborted daily, which is
5,707 babies an hour, or
95 babies every minute!!

Many people believe that an abortion is a very normal, harmless operation which can be carried out in an out-patient department, and which bears no risks. From a medical point of view, this misconception can clearly be refuted:

“An abortion violently interrupts a natural process in the female body. In the early stages of pregnancy the neck of the cervix is still firmly closed and contrary to a normal birth, where it opens naturally, it has to be enlarged by force with extension pins to remove the embryo and afterbirth artificially. This procedure causes bleeding which in certain cases can be so extensive that it leads to death. There can be further risks of infection and phlebitis (inflammation of the veins) with a tendency to embolism. Due to the unnatural over-stretching of the cervix, miscarriages and premature births of children conceived after an abortion are not unheard of; 10-15% of the children which are born, have brain damage or other problems. The resulting wound secretions begin to paste up the sensitive mucous membranes of the fallopian tube and a woman with such a condition becomes barren.”

Are these complications which only occur in extreme cases? The following statistics prove otherwise:

  • 25% of all abortions result in complications, i.e. with one in every four women!
  • One in every 60 women who take the risk of having an abortion, has her uterine wall punctured.
  • In 9.5% of all abortions, such heavy bleeding occurs that blood transfusions are required.
  • The risk of an ectopic (fallopian tube) pregnancy increases eight-fold after an abortion.
  • 6% of all women who have had an abortion become barren.
  • Each year, about 70,000 women die from unsafe abortions.
  • These facts are shocking enough and yet the psychological damage can be even greater:
  • 20% of all women concerned suffer recurring nightmares about dead children (so-called ‘phantom child appearances’).
  • 62% of all women who abort are treated by psycho-therapy; they suffer from constantly fluctuating moods, suggesting that their psychological balance is disturbed.
  • More than 50% of all women concerned indicated that they didn't feel relieved after their operation, but were rather grieved after realising what they had done - ("I've wrecked my life" - "Nobody knows how hard that is").

An abortion leaves deep scars in the conscience of those who are responsible for it. Instead of giving life to someone, they have killed a human being and broken the law of God:

"Thou shalt not kill." (EXODUS 20:13)

Whoever trespasses carelessly against the fundamental laws of God need not marvel if they suffer from anxiety, feelings of guilt, depressions and sleeplessness.

IS ABORTION MURDER?

Depending on the words you use, you can describe something just as it is, or you can conceal the true nature of the subject. The supporters of abortion use euphemisms, e.g. the word "abortion" becomes "removal of pregnancy tissue" or "pregnancy termination". The abortion pill RU486 is known as the "Morning-After Pill". Using the term "pill" means a further trifling of abortion. The unborn child is not considered to be a human being as yet, but mere tissue; a lump of cells which vegetates. They claim that a woman has the sole right to choose whether to continue or to terminate a pregnancy, arguing that the woman can determine for herself the purpose of her womb. But the question arises, when does this "lump of cells" start to develop into a human being?

From the diary of an unborn child:

15th July: Hooray! Today I was made! How wonderful! Shall I let you know that I am a boy?
22nd July: Obviously I have a good mother as all her hormones are changing to make it cosy for me.
30th July: It's a pity that my mother has a different blood group, but soon I will have my own blood as my own blood vessels are now being created.
5th August: Today something marvellous happened! My heart has started to beat. From now on it will not stop doing its service until the end of my life.
15th August: Already I measure 3.5mm. You think I'm small? Maybe you are right, but already all my organs are starting to be formed. I already have a heart, skin, central nervous system, liver, lungs and much more.
20th August: Now my brainwaves are already measurable. I wonder if my parents realise how well I'm developing? Hold on, they haven't even found out that I exist yet!
10th September: Now I can clench my fist, wake, sleep and also suck my thumb.
15th September: I have already grown to 3cm! Of the 45 processes of the doubling of cells which a human being passes through until he is an adult, I have been through 30 already. At my birth I will have had 41. Apart from that, I have my own unmistakable fingerprint, but I don't want to turn into a criminal!
20th September: I am just about to improve my swimming technique as I am floating in the amniotic fluid of my mother's womb. The sweeter it is, the more I drink of it.
8th October: Now I measure 10cm, I can frown and pull faces. I am going to smile at my parents when I am born.
9th October: Today my mother murdered me!

Today, science accepts the fact that human life starts when the sperm cell of the father and the egg cell of the mother join together to form one cell. From this point onward an unmistakably new human being exists with precisely determined, unchangeable qualities (JOB 31:15). It has already been determined whether the child is a boy or a girl, whether the eyes will be blue or the hair will be black, whether big or small, sturdy or weak, and whether the child will be vivacious or sensitive. Never before or at any time in the future will there be any other person in this world identical to it. Therefore, abortion is murder.

LEGALISING ABORTION

One of the main arguments for legalising abortion is that it will reduce deaths and put a stop to illegal "back-street" abortions, providing legal abortions for genuine medical reasons. What happened was exactly the opposite: after pro-abortion legislation was brought in the number of abortions increased drastically. In most people's opinion abortion is no longer a terrible crime!

Abortion statistics (UN Population Division / Johnston’s Archive):
 

Country Pop. (1000’s) Year No. Abortions No. Births
Australia 19,153 2000 73,699 248,870
Canada 30,769 2000 105,427 336,912
Germany 82,282 2000 134,609 766,969
PR China 1,248,100 1998 7,384,290 19,910,000
Russia Federation 145,612 2000 2,140,000 1,266,789
United Kingdom 58,689 2000 198,898 679,029
USA 285,003 2000 1,313,000 4,058,814
Estimated World Total 6,214,891 2002 50,000,000 133,144,457

It should shock us to see that in Russia, for example, nearly two-thirds of all babies are killed before they are born! In the USA, one in every three children conceived is aborted; in Europe, it is about one in every six.

SHOULD A CHILD BE UNWANTED?

The supporters of abortion argue: "Every child has the right to be a wanted child. Unwanted children are more likely to be brought up in disrupted homes or orphanages, where they will be marked for life. Every woman who has decided to have an abortion, has effectively decided to protect the child from a cruel future."

This sounds reasonable. Or maybe not? In reality, hidden behind this argument is a completely selfish attitude. No-one stops to consider the welfare of the child, but only that of the parents or the mother. Instead of accepting the responsibility of raising a child and consequently being prepared to make certain sacrifices where necessary, they pronounce that child an "unwanted" person.

In Britain, for example, an average of twenty foster parents are waiting for every infant given up for adoption. However, due to the possible hardships connected with child-bearing and looking after a new-born baby, the mother of the unborn child is not prepared to go through with it. The lust for one's own selfish pleasure has absolute priority. This is typical of a consumer-orientated and throw-away society.

ABORTION BECAUSE OF "DISTRESS"

Only 0.2% of abortions are required to physically save the mother's life - whereas most abortions are carried out to save her life-style: Many social welfare centres (e.g. pro-family) advise women to have an abortion rather than to direct them towards other sources of help. Their interpretation of a "distressing situation" is often the pregnancy itself from which the woman has to be delivered as soon as possible. Then she can continue to care for her own "needs” and ideology without being distracted. The most popular reasons given for abortion are: “I can't afford a baby now”; “concern about how having a baby would change her life (career)”; “unready for responsibility” - the fact that by aborting an unborn child, a human life is being abandoned seems of subordinate importance.

In most countries where abortion is legal, women can have abortions up until the 21st week of pregnancy. The most common killing methods are: chemical abortion (before 9 weeks); Suction (the embryo is torn from the uterus by suction ten times greater than that of a domestic vacuum cleaner); Curettage (the child is dismembered and then removed); as the size of the child increases other methods such as inducing premature birth, coupled with injecting the amniotic fluid with a salt-solution are used (The child dies slowly within about an hour, causing the mother to miscarry!). Very late abortions are brought about by the controversial "partial-birth abortion" method only recently banned in the US.

Today's abortion practices in many countries have led to virtual 'abortion on demand'. Every year huge amounts of money are spent killing unborn children. Are we going to end up paying for the killing of the elderly or the mentally handicapped in the same way?

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ABORTION?

"Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." MATTHEW 18:14

God condemns abortion, because the life of a human being is taken away. Every abortion is an unlawful usurpation of the solemn right of God to decide over the life and death of man:

"See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive..." DEUTERONOMY 32:39

The value God places upon man is evident from the fact that He created him in His own image and likeness (GENESIS 1:27). A person's soul is of more value to God than the whole world (MATTHEW 16:26) and for God, the little being in the womb is already an absolute human being (PSALM 139:13-16). He knows us even before we are born. God knew Isaiah when he was "in the womb" and called him to be a prophet (ISAIAH 49:1). Just as it was with 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

Likewise, the missions of Jesus and John the Baptist were already prophesied before their birth (LUKE 1:31-33; LUKE 1:13-17).

Every woman who has aborted will one day have to give an account before God (PSALM 127:3). He will ask her: "Why did you murder your child?" God alone decides when the life of a human being ends! As an example, the Israelites were severely punished when they killed their children:

"Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood... Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance." PSALM 106:37-40

How great may the abhorrence of God be over our countries? Here, where hundreds of thousands of children are offered to idols, i.e. idols of selfishness, evil desires, own comfort, satisfaction of one's own lusts, etc. God will not tolerate these things much longer!

"Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" MICAH 6:7

"Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away." HOSEA 4:1-3

This account is a very accurate description of our generation. While the fish are perishing in our polluted waters, the forests dying out, and the environment is decaying, our rotten society nevertheless continues, with most people caring only for themselves. Only a few are interested in God. Perhaps you yourself have become guilty, by aborting your child, or being partly responsible for it (EXODUS 21:22-25). Nonetheless, other things also make you guilty.

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…" 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-4

Jesus promised that with His death on the cross He took all our sin and guilt upon Himself. Draw a line through your old life finally and start a new life with Jesus Christ as the focal-point.

"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." ACTS 2:37-38

Repentance, baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit are the biblical conditions set by God for every person to obtain eternal life. Repentance stands for the inner return unto God, and turning away from your old life; baptism, by full immersion, symbolises the burial of your old sinful life.

When a person receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, they receive Christ and eternal salvation, evidenced by the sign of speaking in other tongues. See also ACTS 2:4.

These steps of obedience towards God's Word seal the act of being born again as described in the Bible. Never forget that one day you will stand before the throne of God to give an account of your life. Every moment of your life will be brought to your remembrance, and will be taken into account. God wants to redeem you, and calls on you to repent and to obey His Word.

(April 2004)