This can be a really difficult subject to discuss and can turn into a heated debate very quickly, due to personal opinions but we should be careful to only address scripture in a delicate nature, with the conversations we have.
Firstly, I would like to say that whilst I have been praying into this topic, God gave me the grace needed to write on this sensitive nature – which prior to this, I had very specific views.
There is obviously a very clear difference between Women that have had a miscarriage to an abortion (having a choice) however; the result is still the same – the loss of a Child. Therefore we need to show respect with how a Woman grieves by showing the same mercy and love that God shows us on a daily basis – not passing judgement.
The Bible never specifically addresses the subject of abortion. However, there are a number of teachings in Scripture that make it clear what God’s view on abortion is.
Jeremiah 1:5 tell us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Psalm 139:13-16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb. Exodus 21:22-23 describes someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb, as for someone who commits murder. This indicates that God considers a baby in the womb to be as human as a fully-grown adult.
Therefore looking at the above verses means that being a Christian should be that abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose but is the matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27)
One disagreement about being a Christian verses abortion is “What about cases of rape?”
This was something that I felt very strongly about (I was raped in my early 20’s and “what if” always comes to mind) but to become pregnant as a result of rape; I found myself recently asking – Is the murder of a baby the answer? Two wrongs certainly do not make a right.
There are other options available after all: adoption to a Family unable to have a Child or the baby could be raised by its biological Mother by showing Gods mercy, as the baby is completely innocent and should not be punished for the evil acts of its Father.
The second disagreement that usually arises against the Christian stance on abortion is “What about when the life of the Mother is at risk?” Honestly, this is the most difficult question to answer on the issue (Again from personal experience – my Husband, Kieren was asked to pick between myself and our unborn Daughter when my kidneys started to fail at 5 months pregnant)
According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. Far more women have an abortion for convenience (21%) or money worries (21%) than women who have an abortion to save their own life.
We need to remember that God is a God of miracles (look at me) He can preserve the life of a mother and a child despite all the medical odds being against it.
Ultimately, this question can only be decided between a Husband, Wife and God. Any couple facing this extremely difficult situation should pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5)
Over 95% of the abortions performed today involve women who simply do not want to have a baby. Less than 5% of abortions are for the reasons of rape, incest, or the mother’s health at risk.
It is encouraging to know that, even if you have had an abortion and feel you have sinned, abortion is forgivable. Through faith in Christ all sins are forgiven (John 3:16; Romans 8:1; Colossians 1:14)
No one but God can say whether you will be judged but in many cases God provides us with forgiveness before we can forgive ourselves. Know that you are not alone, God is alongside you, and listen to what He has to say. Be encouraged that God loves you.
Whether or not you believe abortion is wrong, it is not wrong to stand up for what you believe in.
You can be a Christian and be pro-choice. You can also be a Christian and be pro-life. Just be sure you stand with God in your choices as on judgement day – it’s only between God and yourself.