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					MORAL ISSUE #6: ABORTION
                   Definition
Abortion- the termination of a pregnancy after,
accompanied by, resulting in, or closely
followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.
     Question:
How long has abortion
   been around?
                            A Brief History of Abortion
The history of abortion, according to anthropologists, dates back to ancient
times. There is evidence to suggest that, historically, pregnancies were
terminated through a number of methods, including the administration of
abortifacient herbs, the use of sharpened implements, the application of
abdominal pressure, and other techniques.
In the United States, abortion laws began to appear in the 1820s, forbidding
abortion after the fourth month of pregnancy. Through the efforts primarily of
physicians, the American Medical Association, and legislators, most abortions in
the US had been outlawed by 1900.
Illegal abortions were still frequent, though they became less frequent during the
reign of the Comstock Law which essentially banned birth control information
and devices.
By 1965, all fifty states banned abortion, with some exceptions which varied by
state: to save the life of the mother, in cases of rape or incest, or if the fetus was
deformed. Groups like the National Abortion Rights Action League and the
Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion worked to liberalize anti-abortion laws.
The Supreme Court in 1973, in the case of Roe v. Wade, declared most existing
state abortion laws unconstitutional. This decision ruled out any legislative
interference in the first trimester of pregnancy and put limits on what restrictions
could be passed on abortions in later stages of pregnancy.
    Question:
   What are the
  current laws in
the U.S. regarding
    abortion?
In January 22, 1973 the famous Roe vs. Wade case was decided by the
Supreme Court.

The central holding of Roe v. Wade was that abortions are permissible
for any reason a woman chooses, up until the "point at which the fetus
becomes „viable,‟ that is, potentially able to live outside the mother's
womb, albeit with artificial aid. Viability is usually placed at about seven
months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks.“

More specifically, the ruling was that during the first three months of
pregnancy the decision to abort rests solely with the woman and her
doctor; during the second three months, the State can regulate the
abortion procedure to protect maternal health; during the third three
months, when the fetus is viable, the State can regulate or even prohibit
abortion except when it is necessary for the mother‟s mental or physical
health.

The decision overturned all state and federal laws outlawing or
restricting abortion that were inconsistent with its holdings. Roe is one
of the most controversial and politically significant cases in U.S.
Supreme Court history.
In June 2005, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed and
put into effect in the state of Texas a new, tougher
measure that requires a parent to provide written
consent for abortion for unmarried girls under 18. The
bill also restricts doctors from performing abortions
on women who have carried a child for more than 26
weeks [third trimester] unless having the baby would
jeopardize the woman's life or the baby has serious
brain damage.
         Question:
  How big of a problem is
abortion in the world today?
                         STARTLING STATISTICS
Number of Reported Abortions Performed in the U.S. from 1972-1995
1972:   586,760
1976:   988,267
1980:   1,297,606
1985:   1,328,570
1990:   1,429,577
1991:   1,388,937
1992:   1,359,145
1993:   1,330,414
1994:   1,267,415
1995:   1,210,883

Number of abortions performed by weeks of gestation in 1995 in 35 states:
8 weeks:       340,109
9-10 weeks:    142,893
11-12 weeks:   67,392
13-15 weeks:   38,634
16-20 weeks:   27,411
21 weeks:      8,862
Total:         625,301
                              World Abortion Statistics
54 countries allow abortion, which is about 61 percent of the world population. 97
countries, about 39 percent of the population, have abortion laws that make it illegal
according to the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Law and Policy in New York.

• The Alan Guttmacher Institute reports approximately 22 million legal abortions
were reported in 1987.

• It is estimated that between four and nine million were not reported, totaling of 26-
31 million legal abortions in 1987 alone.

• There were a total of 10-22 million "clandestine” [secret] abortions, bringing the
total worldwide figure to 36 and 53 million abortions.

France – Legalized            Peru - Illegal
Britain – Legalized           Brazil - Illegal
Switzerland – Legalized       Australia - Legalized
Denmark – legalized           China -Legalized
Hungary – Legalized           United States - Legalized
Romania – Legalized           Russia - Legalized
Poland – Illegal              Italy - Legalized
Colombia – Illegal            Mexico - Illegal
A Roman Catholic Cardinal, pleading for the “Right to
Life Amendment,” said, “Every nine days, there are as
many deaths by abortion as there were in the entire ten
years of the Vietnam War.” (1974)
Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the former director of New York’s
first abortion clinic, is convinced that he supervised the
taking of 60,000 lives. (1976)
It was stated in Chicago, “One out of every three children
conceived will be aborted here this year…An estimated
200 abortions will be performed each day in Chicago.”
(1973).
In 1974, about 900,000 abortions were performed in the
U.S. The rate in Russia is about ten times higher or about
ten million abortions per year. (1976)
        Questions:
Was the U.S. Supreme Court
          right?
  Does an embryo and/or a
fetus not constitute a human
            life?
                   Definitions
Life- (1) the quality that distinguishes a vital and
functional being from a dead body. (2) an
organismic state characterized by capacity
[potential] for metabolism, growth, reaction to
stimuli, and reproduction. (3) the sequence of
physical and mental experiences that make up
the existence of an individual.

Death- the irreversible cessation of all vital
functions especially as indicated by permanent
stoppage of the heart, respiration, and brain
activity : the end of life
Fetal Development:
 From Conception
      to Birth
                        The First Trimester




The picture above is a fertilized egg only thirty hours after conception. Magnified
here, it is no larger than the head of a pin. Still rapidly dividing, the developing
embryo, called a zygote at this stage, floats down from the fallopian tube and
towards the uterus.
Week 3
At this point, the blastocyst, or developing embryo, is
looking for a spot to implant in the uterus. The foundation
of the central nervous system, backbone, and spinal
column has been established by 19 days. The
gastrointestinal system has also begun to develop with
the kidneys, liver, and intestines forming. The baby‟s eyes
begin to form at 19 days. The heart has begun to form
and has begun to beat by day twenty-one.

Week 4
Hormones produced by the embryo stop the mother's
menstrual cycle.
Week 4
Week 5
By the beginning of the second month, the unborn child looks
distinctly human, yet the mother is not aware that she is
pregnant. The embryo's tiny heart begins to beat by day
twenty-one. The brain has developed into 5 areas and some
cranial nerves are visible. Arm and leg buds are visible and
the formation of the eyes, lips, and nose has begun. The
spinal cord grows faster than the rest of the body giving a tail
like appearance which disappears as the embryo continues to
grow. The placenta begins to provide nourishment for the
embryo. The stomach produces digestive juices, the liver
manufactures blood cells, and the kidneys are functioning.
Week 7
Major organs have all begun to form. The embryo has
developed its own blood type, unique from the mother's.
Hair follicles and nipples form and knees and elbows are
visible. Facial features are also observable. The eyes have
a retina and lens. The major muscle system is developed
and the embryo is able to move.
Definitions

Life- (1) the quality that distinguishes a vital and
functional being from a dead body. (2) an
organismic state characterized by capacity
[potential] for metabolism, growth, reaction to
stimuli, and reproduction. (3) the sequence of
physical and mental experiences that make up
the existence of an individual.

Death- the irreversible cessation of all vital
functions especially as indicated by permanent
stoppage of the heart, respiration, and brain
activity : the end of life
6 weeks—Photo taken after surgery for an ectopic pregnancy
Week 7
Week 8
The embryo is reactive to its environment inside the amniotic
sac where it swims and moves. Hands and feet can be seen.
At the end of week 8, the embryonic period is over and the
fetal stage begins. After week 8, no further original organs
will form—everything that is already present will be found in
the full-term baby. From this point until adulthood, when full
growth is achieved somewhere between 25 and 27 years,
the changes in the body will be mainly in dimension.
Week 8
Weeks 9-12
The heart is almost completely developed
and the heart rate can be heard on a Doppler
machine at the doctor's office. Most major
organs and tissues have developed and red
blood cells are now produced in the liver.
The face is well formed and the eyes are
almost fully developed. The eyelids will close
 and not reopen until the 28th week. Arms,
hands, fingers, legs, feet, and toes are fully
formed. Nails and earlobes start to form and
tooth buds develop in the gums. Fetus can
make a fist with its finger. Testosterone
(male sex hormone) is produced by the
testes in male fetus.

In the third month, the child becomes very
active and by the end of the month kicks his
legs, turns his feet, moves his thumbs,
bends his wrists, turns his head, frowns,
squints, and opens his mouth.
                   Definitions
Life- (1) the quality that distinguishes a vital and
functional being from a dead body. (2) an
organismic state characterized by capacity
[potential] for metabolism, growth, reaction to
stimuli, and reproduction. (3) the sequence of
physical and mental experiences that make up
the existence of an individual.

Death- the irreversible cessation of all vital
functions especially as indicated by permanent
stoppage of the heart, respiration, and brain
activity : the end of life
Weeks 9-12
                  The Second Trimester
Weeks 13-16
The brain is fully developed and the fetus can suck, swallow, and make
irregular breathing sounds. Fetus can feel pain (New England Journal of
Medicine). Fetal skin is almost transparent. Muscles tissue is lengthening and
bones are becoming harder. Liver and organs produce appropriate fluids.
Eyebrows and eyelashes appear and the fetus makes active movements
including kicks and even somersaults.




                                16 weeks
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17 weeks
19 weeks
                                Week 20
“Quickening” (when the mother can feel the fetus moving) usually occurs
around this time. Finger and toenails appear. Lanugo, a fine hair, now
covers the entire body. The fetus can hear and recognize the mother‟s
voice. Sex organs are visible on ultrasound devices.
A picture began circulating in November. It should be The Picture of the Year, or perhaps,
Picture of the Decade. The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel
Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by a surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was
diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb.

Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's
remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville,
he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision
to operate on the baby.

As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on little Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully
developed, hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr. Bruner was
reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his
life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.

The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture,
“Hand of Hope.” The text explaining the picture begins, “The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus
Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph
Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.”

Little Samuel's mother said they wept for days when they saw the picture. She said, “The
photo that reminds us of my pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little
person.”

Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 per cent successful. Now see the actual
picture, and it is awesome... incredible. And hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this one.
                     The Third Trimester
Week 24
A protective waxy substance called Vernix covers the skin. By birth,
most of the Vernix will be gone but any that is left is quickly absorbed.
Fetus has a hand and startle reflex. Footprints and fingerprints are
forming. Fetus practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into its
developing lungs.
Weeks 25 - 28
Rapid brain development occurs during this period and the nervous
system is able to control some bodily functions. The fetus‟ eyelids
now open and close. At 25 weeks there is a 60% chance of survival if
born. The fetus is considered legally viable at 28 weeks and there is a
90% chance of survival if born at this point.
Weeks 29 - 32
There is a rapid increase in the amount of body fat the fetus has.
Rhythmic breathing occurs, but the lungs are not yet mature. The
fetus sleeps 90-95% of the day. At this point there the survival rate is
above 95% if the baby is born.
Weeks 38 - 40
The fetus is considered full-term. Lanugo is gone except on upper arms and
shoulders. Hair on the baby‟s head is now coarser and thicker. The lungs are
mature. The average weight of the baby at this point is seven and a half
pounds. At birth the placenta detaches from the uterus and the umbilical cord
will be cut as the baby takes his first breaths of air. Breathing will trigger
changes in the heart and bypass arteries forcing all blood to now travel
through the lungs.
24 weeks
24 weeks
26 weeks
28 weeks
Birth—36 weeks
                       Definitions

Life- (1) the quality that distinguishes a vital and
functional being from a dead body. (2) an organismic
state characterized by capacity [potential] for
metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and
reproduction. (3) the sequence of physical and mental
experiences that make up the existence of an
individual.

Death- the irreversible cessation of all vital functions
especially as indicated by permanent stoppage of the
heart, respiration, and brain activity : the end of life
         Abortion:
What Does God Think About It?
                   Definition
Abortion- the termination of a pregnancy after,
accompanied by, resulting in, or closely
followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.
     Question:
How long has abortion
   been around?
                            A Brief History of Abortion
The history of abortion, according to anthropologists, dates back to ancient
times. In the United States, abortion laws began to appear in the 1820s,
forbidding abortion after the fourth month of pregnancy. Through the efforts
primarily of physicians, the American Medical Association, and legislators, most
abortions in the US had been outlawed by 1900.

By 1965, all fifty states banned abortion, with some exceptions which varied by
state: to save the life of the mother, in cases of rape or incest, or if the fetus was
deformed. Groups like the National Abortion Rights Action League and the
Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion worked to liberalize anti-abortion laws.
The Supreme Court in 1973, in the case of Roe v. Wade, declared most existing
state abortion laws unconstitutional. This decision ruled out any legislative
interference in the first trimester of pregnancy and put limits on what restrictions
could be passed on abortions in later stages of pregnancy.
    Question:
   What are the
  current laws in
the U.S. regarding
    abortion?
In January 22, 1973 the famous Roe vs. Wade case was decided by the
Supreme Court. The ruling was that during the first three months of
pregnancy the decision to abort rests solely with the woman and her
doctor; during the second three months, the State can regulate the
abortion procedure to protect maternal health; during the third three
months, when the fetus is viable, the State can regulate or even prohibit
abortion except when it is necessary for the mother‟s mental or physical
health.

The decision overturned all state and federal laws outlawing or
restricting abortion that were inconsistent with its holdings. Roe is one
of the most controversial and politically significant cases in U.S.
Supreme Court history.
In June 2005, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed and
put into effect in the state of Texas a new, tougher
measure that restricts doctors from performing
abortions on women who have carried a child for more
than 26 weeks [third trimester] unless having the baby
would jeopardize the woman's life or the baby has
serious brain damage.
                         STARTLING STATISTICS
Number of Reported Abortions Performed in the U.S. from 1972-1995
1972:   586,760
1976:   988,267
1980:   1,297,606
1985:   1,328,570
1990:   1,429,577
1991:   1,388,937
1992:   1,359,145
1993:   1,330,414
1994:   1,267,415
1995:   1,210,883

Number of abortions performed by weeks of gestation in 1995 in 35 states:
8 weeks:       340,109
9-10 weeks:    142,893
11-12 weeks:   67,392
13-15 weeks:   38,634
16-20 weeks:   27,411
21 weeks:      8,862
Total:         625,301
                              World Abortion Statistics
54 countries allow abortion, which is about 61 percent of the world population. 97
countries, about 39 percent of the population, have abortion laws that make it illegal
according to the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Law and Policy in New York.

• The Alan Guttmacher Institute reports approximately 22 million legal abortions
were reported in 1987.

• It is estimated that between four and nine million were not reported, totaling of 26-
31 million legal abortions in 1987 alone.

• There were a total of 10-22 million "clandestine” [secret] abortions, bringing the
total worldwide figure to 36 and 53 million abortions.

France – Legalized            Peru - Illegal
Britain – Legalized           Brazil - Illegal
Switzerland – Legalized       Australia - Legalized
Denmark – legalized           China -Legalized
Hungary – Legalized           United States - Legalized
Romania – Legalized           Russia - Legalized
Poland – Illegal              Italy - Legalized
Colombia – Illegal            Mexico - Illegal
        Questions:
Was the U.S. Supreme Court
          right?
  Does an embryo and/or a
fetus not constitute a human
            life?
                   Definitions
Life- (1) the quality that distinguishes a vital and
functional being from a dead body. (2) an
organismic state characterized by capacity
[potential] for metabolism, growth, reaction to
stimuli, and reproduction. (3) the sequence of
physical and mental experiences that make up
the existence of an individual.

Death- the irreversible cessation of all vital
functions especially as indicated by permanent
stoppage of the heart, respiration, and brain
activity : the end of life
Fetal Development:
 From Conception
      to Birth
Week 3
At this point, the blastocyst, or developing embryo, is
looking for a spot to implant in the uterus. The foundation
of the central nervous system, backbone, and spinal
column has been established by 19 days. The
gastrointestinal system has also begun to develop with
the kidneys, liver, and intestines forming. The baby‟s eyes
begin to form at 19 days. The heart has begun to form
and has begun to beat by day twenty-one
Week 4
Week 7
Major organs have all begun to form. The embryo has
developed its own blood type, unique from the mother's.
Hair follicles and nipples form and knees and elbows are
visible. Facial features are also observable. The eyes have
a retina and lens. The major muscle system is developed
and the embryo is able to move.
Week 8
The embryo is reactive to its environment inside the amniotic
sac where it swims and moves. Hands and feet can be seen.
At the end of week 8, the embryonic period is over and the
fetal stage begins. After week 8, no further original organs
will form—everything that is already present will be found in
the full-term baby. From this point until adulthood, when full
growth is achieved somewhere between 25 and 27 years,
the changes in the body will be mainly in dimension.
Week 8
                  The Second Trimester
Weeks 13-16
The brain is fully developed and the fetus can suck, swallow, and make
irregular breathing sounds. Fetus can feel pain (New England Journal of
Medicine). Fetal skin is almost transparent. Muscles tissue is lengthening and
bones are becoming harder. Liver and organs produce appropriate fluids.
Eyebrows and eyelashes appear and the fetus makes active movements
including kicks and even somersaults.




                                16 weeks
16 weeks
16 weeks
17 weeks
19 weeks
Week 20
Birth—36 weeks
                       Definitions

Life- (1) the quality that distinguishes a vital and
functional being from a dead body. (2) an organismic
state characterized by capacity [potential] for
metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and
reproduction. (3) the sequence of physical and mental
experiences that make up the existence of an
individual.

Death- the irreversible cessation of all vital functions
especially as indicated by permanent stoppage of the
heart, respiration, and brain activity : the end of life
        Questions:
Does God consider abortion
   to be right or wrong?
What does the Bible say that
  relates to the issue of
        abortion?
Nowhere in the Bible does it say "Thou shalt
not abort your children."

Yet, neither will you find specific words
forbidding suicide, infanticide (killing newborn
children), or same-sex marriages. Yet, the Bible
clearly teaches us that these things are wrong.
A. The Bible condemns the shedding of innocent life:
Few people would argue this point. The Bible clearly
prohibits taking the life of an innocent person. It follows
that if the developing baby is a "qualified" member of the
human race, all of these scriptures apply:
Genesis 9:6 - Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his
blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made
man.
Exodus 20:13 - You shall not murder.
Deuteronomy 27:25a - Cursed is he who accepts a bribe
to strike down an innocent person.
Proverbs 6:16-19 - There are six things which the LORD
hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed
innocent blood...
See also Exodus 23:7 and Deuteronomy 19:11-12
B. A child is a "person" whether born or unborn:

The Bible consistently uses the same word for a "born"
or "unborn" baby. This is because the divine Author of
the Bible did not recognize a material difference
between the two.

In Scripture, there is not some special event when a
"human being" becomes a "person". Rather, he or she is
a person from the beginning who goes through growth
and development both inside and outside of the womb.
In the New Testament the Greek word "brephos" is
used to describe the unborn, newborns, and youth.
In Luke 1:44, the word is used to mean unborn baby:
"For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached
my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy."
Then, in Luke 2:12, it means a newborn: "So they came
in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph,
and the baby as He lay in the manger."
And in Luke 18:15, "brephos" refers to a young child:
"And they were bringing even their babies to Him so
that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw
it, they began rebuking them."
In the Old Testament the Hebrew word "yeled" is used in the
same way. In Exodus 21:22 it means an unborn child, "If
men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child
so that she gives birth prematurely...". And yet, in other
Old Testament usages, it means "youth" or even a teenager.

As late as the 16th century in our own culture, "child" was
the word used for both the born and unborn baby. Late in the
game, we have developed a new word, "fetus", to describe a
developing baby (even this word is defined in some
dictionaries as an "unborn human being"). Today, we often
reserve the word "child" for a person already born.
C. God established laws that had those who took the life of an
   unborn child killed :

Exodus 21: 22-25
(King James Version)
22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart [from
   her], and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according
   as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges
   [determine].
23 And if [any] mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

(New King James)
22 " If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth
   prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly
   as the woman's husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges
   [determine.]
23 "But if [any] harm follows, then you shall give life for life,
24 "eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 "burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
Exodus 21: 22-25

(American Standard Version)
22 And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit
depart, and yet no harm follow; he shall be surely fined, according as the
woman's husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges
determine.
23 But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

(New Amercian Standard Version)
22 "If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that
she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined
as the woman's husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the
judges decide.
23 "But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life
for life,
24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
2 Kings 8:12
And Hazael said, "Why is my lord weeping?" He answered, "Because I know
the evil that you will do to the children of Israel: Their strongholds you will
set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword; and you will
dash their children, and rip open their women with child.”

Amos 1:13
Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of the people of Ammon,
and for four, I will not turn away its [punishment,] Because they ripped open
the women with child in Gilead, That they might enlarge their territory.
D. According to the Bible, God knew you before you were born:

Psalm 139:13-16. For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in
my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it
very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in
secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes
have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written
the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of
them.

Luke 1:15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will
drink no wine or liquor, and he [John the Baptist] will be filled with
the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.

Jeremiah. 1:5 Before I formed you [Jeremiah] in the womb I knew
you, and before you were born I consecrated you.
Week 7
16 weeks
Week 20
Birth—36 weeks
E. Early church leaders recognized the Bible‟s prohibition of abortion:
One of the reasons that the Bible does not contain specific references
to abortion is the prohibition was completely covered in "Thou shall
not murder." Israelites well understood this to mean killing by sword,
by strangulation, by poison, by abortion, and by all other means.
Later, as the church began to spread to the Gentile cultures that did
not share the Israelite traditions, specific prohibitions were written.
Church leaders and others consistently forbade the practice of
abortion based upon their understanding of the Bible.
Below are examples:
"Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shalt
thou destroy it after it is born" (Letter of Barnabas 19 from 74 AD).

"…And these were the accursed who conceived and caused abortion"
(The Apocalypse of Peter 25, 137 AD).

"You shall not procure abortion, nor destroy a newborn child"
(Didache 2:1 from 150 AD).
"There are some women among you who by drinking special potions
extinguish the life of the future human in their very bowels, thus committing
murder before they even give birth." (Mark Felix, Christian Lawyer, Octavius
chap. 30 from 170 AD).

"The law of Moses, indeed, punishes with due penalties the man who shall
cause abortion (see Ex. 21:22) Tertullian, 210 AD.

"Now we allow that life begins with conception because we contend that the
soul also begins from conception; life taking its commencement at the same
moment and place that the soul does" (Tertullian, Apology 27 from 210 AD).

"Women also who administer drugs to cause abortion, as well as those who
take poisons to destroy unborn children, are murderesses." (First Canonical
Letter from 374 AD).

"The law, moreover enjoins us to bring up all our offspring, and forbids
women to cause abortion of what is begotten, or to destroy it afterward; and
if any woman appears to have so done, she will be a murderer of her child,
by destroying a living creature, and diminishing humankind." (The Works of
Josephus, Flavius Josephus Against Apion, Book II, 25).
                How should Christians respond?
We need to realize that it is one thing when godless, secular people try to
dehumanize the unborn to support their view of abortion on demand. It is
quite another matter when these same people attempt to distort scripture
and church history to fit their agenda.

There is not a legitimate "pro-choice" position that can be derived from the
Bible. To support this position, it would be necessary to use text out of
context, ignore the Bible‟s attitude toward the young and innocent, and be
ignorant of the history of the early church.

God calls each of us to defend the innocent. Christians should elect
leaders who share the Biblical view of abortion and support groups
working to make abortion unacceptable in our country. Every Christian
should know the facts and be ready to defend what the Bible really does
say about abortion. And we should pray that God will change the hearts of
those promoting the genocide of our nation.

				
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