Category: Abortion

An Apology for Life

Saturday, January 22, was the 38th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. For anyone following me here or anywhere else online, it’s not news that I’m pro-life. From the perspective of science, it’s nearly impossible to refute that what is conceived is an unique life but I’m not interested in the perspective of science on this issue today. I’m not interested in the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States. I’m more interested in the opinion of THE Supreme Court.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 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)

That’s probably the quintessential passage in the Bible on the subject of life. But it’s not the only one:

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:41-44)

The Greek word here for ‘baby’ is brephos and it is used twice (v.41, 44). At this point, the baby John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb is approximately six months old. Furthermore, Mary is recently pregnant with the baby Jesus and Elizabeth, although she didn’t know this since Mary had only just said ‘hello’, calls her “the mother of my Lord” (v.43). Yeah…that’s pretty much Present tense, not Future tense.

Now let’s jump ahead a chapter.

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. (Luke 2:12)

The word for ‘baby’ here is brephos. Yep…same word as in 1:41,44…used to refer to both a baby in the womb (John the Baptist) and a baby outside the womb (Jesus).

Is there anything more that can be found in the Bible? Yep…plenty.

“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 whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. (Exodus 21:22-25)

This section is not talking about the penalty for harming the pregnant woman. Such offenses between people (adults) are covered elsewhere. This one covers a special circumstance and is specifically talking about injuries to the baby and the penalty for injuring the baby is up to “life for life”. Oh, and this is also not talking about a miscarriage. The Hebrew phrase here is ‘vayatsav yeledayah’ which means “and the baby falls out of her”. This is literally referring to a baby. In cases of a miscarriage, such as what you find two chapters later…

Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. (Exodus 23:26)

…the word “miscarry” in the Hebrew is ‘mishakolah’, which means “to suffer an abortion” (a natural abortion, not an induced one). So what we have here are different words, different meanings. One thing that we don’t have here is ambiguity.

But let’s take a spin through a few more verses to see if God recognizes the child in the womb as an individual life with his own problems…

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. (Psalm 51:5)

…his own destiny or future…

The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:22-25)

…his own purpose…

And now the LORD says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength— (Isaiah 49:5)

…his own calling from God…

But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. (Galations 1:17)

So, although I’ve heard of and spoken to people who profess a faith in God as explained by the Old and/or New Testament Bible, I’ve never had any of them back up their position with the Scriptures. But I’m willing to entertain anyone’s attempt to do so. That’s what the Comments section is for.


One of the biggest lies about the Health Care Reform law is that it doesn’t provide tax payer funded abortions. The truth is that it does…there’s absolutely nothing to stop it…and here’s a great explanation of the facts that verify this:

I have many reasons for opposing the HCR law (and we’re heavy HC users here) and this is one of my top 5 reasons.

A good primer about Margaret Sanger.

(h/t Bob McCarty Writes)