By Ken Ham @ answersingenesis.org
Abortion is the killing of an unborn child in his or her mother’s womb. There’s really no other honest way of describing it. Actually, there is another word for it—murder. So-called “pro-choice” activists (really, “pro-murder” activists) use terms like “reproductive freedom,” “health care,” or “a woman’s right to choose” to try and make abortion sound like anything but what it is—the intentional murder of an unborn child.
Now, is the Bible ambiguous on something as heinous as murdering a helpless child? Well, apparently 44% of self-identified Christians say “yes.”
According to the “American Worldview Inventory 2020” survey from Arizona Christian Arizona Christian University, “44% of self-identified Christians said they think the Bible is ‘ambiguous in its teaching about abortion.’” And 34% said, “abortion is morally acceptable if it spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship.”
A Massive Failure
It is a massive failure on the part of parents and the church that nearly half of professing Christians believe the Bible is wishy-washy or unclear on the sanctity of every human life, including the unborn. Scripture is not ambiguous—it is abundantly clear (see below). People just either don’t know their Bibles, have never been taught to use the Bible as their starting point, or are suppressing the truth that is abundant from God’s Word and science to go along with the culture of death and its message that women can only be free if they’re legally permitted to murder their own children. Really, abortion is nothing but child sacrifice under another name.
Now, in the paragraphs that follow, I point to biblical passages that clearly demonstrate how God views the lives of the unborn—as fully human, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). And, it follows, if the unborn are fully human, the prohibitions regarding murdering them fully apply! But I first want to deal with the belief that 34% of professing believers espouse: that the morality around abortion is relative, depending on the circumstance, and that it is acceptable if it “spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship.”
Here is such a scenario. A single mother is pregnant with her third child. She’s already struggling to make ends meet for her six-year-old and three-year-old. Their many needs are emotionally draining. After thinking for a few days about how much extra hardship this new baby will add to her life, she makes an appointment at a local clinic and has the unborn child killed by taking a few pills (a chemical abortion). Apparently 34% of Christians think this would be okay.
Now, imagine the same young mother doesn’t have an abortion and gives birth to the baby. After a few months, she’s overwhelmed with the increased demands on her time, finances, and emotions (not to mention her sleep!). So, after thinking for a few days about how much extra hardship this new baby is, she puts the baby to bed and holds a pillow over the baby’s face until her child passes away. Would 34% of Christians say that her actions were morally acceptable? No, they almost certainly wouldn’t.
But why? What’s the difference? Why does the location of the baby (in the womb vs. in a crib) or the level of development (and life is just a continuum of the developmental process) determine the worth or value of this child’s life?
Abortion is no different from this hypothetical mother who murdered her infant. Abortion ends the life of a child. It is murder and it is wrong. Period. Full stop.