Each day in America over 3500 unborn babies are put to death. In a one year period, 115,000 cases of abortion were registered in New York City alone. This number is higher than the total number of Americans killed in the Viet Nam war. New York City officials predicted that the following year more than 600,000 abortions would be performed, with over 10 million nationally.
World-wide an estimated 40-55 million will die annually.
The victims will die without the benefit of trial or counsel. They are not convicted criminals, but innocent unborn human babies.
Such make Pharoah's extermination of Hebrew boys appear as only a ripple on the ocean of time. The slaughter of babies in Bethlehem by Herod would not equal one abortion clinic's daily quota.
Question That Demands an Answer:
Is the fetus a human life? Is that which is growing in the mother's body alive?
The answer to this question will help us in determining the truth on this subject.
What the Bible Says...
Some basic facts:
1. Life is a gift from God. (Acts 17:25) "He giveth life and breath to all things.
God alone has the right to take man's life. (Genesis 50:15-19) Only human life is made "in the image of God." (Genesis 1:26)
Because of this, human life is elevated to a plane above all other forms of earthly life.
2. Christ taught the value of human life. (John 3:16; Mark 16:15-16) Little children were precious to Him. (Matthew 19:14)
3. No distinction in the Scriptures between babes in the womb and those born.
The word Brephos used to describe the baby in Elisabeth's womb is used interchangeably for both prenatal and postnatal babies. (Luke 1:41) It means "an unborn child, embryo, fetus, a newborn child, an infant, a babe." (Thayer p. 105)
Anyone who questions this should ask themselves, "Was it the Christ-child in Mary's womb or a lifeless blob of fetal tissue.
The following scriptures teach that the unborn child is a human being:
(Jeremiah 1:5) "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou comest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee."
If Jeremiah's mother had chosen to have an abortion, she would have killed Jeremiah.
(Isaiah 49:1, 5) "Listen, O isles, unto me, and hearken ye peoples, from far; Jehovah hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name... and now, saith Jehovah that formed me from the womb to be his servant."
This indicates that Isaiah was a person before birth.
(Job 3:11) "Why did I not die from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bore me?"
If the fetus had died in the womb, it would have been a person. - Job
4. The scriptures teach "Thou shalt not kill", i.e. "thou shalt do not murder."
The deliberate taking of human life without provocation or just cause is murder. Abortion intentionally kills a human life. The abortion victim is totally innocent, having done no wrong towards the mother, doctor or society.
What abortionist doctor would want a corrosive poured over his body and forced into his lungs and stomach and then be left to convulse for hours 'til death? This is the baby's fate in the salt-poisoning abortion. What nurse who attends in abortions would want to be ripped apart by a powerful suction machine? By the time early abortions are performed (8 -12 weeks) the baby has his entire organ system in place and has sense of pain.
(Psalms 139:13-16) "Thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb."
Obviously testifies to the fact that the fetus is a person at the time of conception.
(Luke 1:15) An angel promised Zacharias that his soon to be born son would be "filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his mother's womb." If a fetus can have the Holy Spirit, it surely must be a person.
(Luke 1:41-44) "the babe (John the Baptist) leaped in her womb for joy." The unborn child is a person.
Just Suppose: Joseph and Mary discover she is with child. Joseph thought she was guilty of fornication, and sought to put her away privately, lest he embarrass her publickly.
Suppose Joseph and Mary had listened to the advice given many today. Mary could have had an abortion to get out of this humiliating situation. In doing so, she would have killed our saviour. (Matthew 1:21).
Murderers Will Be Punished
(Exodus 20:13) "Thou Shalt Not Kill."
(Deuteronomy 27:25) "Cursed be he that taketh a bribe to slay an innocent person."
(Proverbs 6:16-17) God hates "those who shed innocent blood." God hates abortion.
What does God think of the premeditated taking of a child's life? We cannot take the sin of abortion lightly; "Lo children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward." (Psalms 127:3)
Everyone should give serious thought to what God says about abortion. He will not let this grevious sin go unpunished. If God will not permit us to kill a child already born and get by with it, neither will he let us get by with killing an unborn child. Abortion is a sin, murder in the first degree.
The psychological effects upon the woman who has an abortion are often devastating and far-reaching. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to forget the unborn child that has been murdered. In years yet to come, this woman will be haunted by such questions as, "Was it a boy or girl?" "Would she be like me or he like his father?' "Today would he be going to school?" etc., etc.