Women who have had abortions are left pale and frightened when unwanted pregnancy is discussed amongst friends and family. Indeed, the painful shame and trauma of abortion falls on women. And not on men.

Astoundingly, certain topics aren’t made clear in the Bible. For example, “who are the “sons of God” in Genesis?”; “did dinosaurs roam earth at the same time as man?”; “what is God’s view on unplanned pregnancy?”—answers we must decipher from scripture.

However, foggy verses make interpretation difficult, and the opinions of scholars vary greatly on certain themes. Furthermore, some topics aren’t addressed in the Bible at all.

Does the Bible mention abortion? The Bible does not use the word “abortion” or discuss unwanted pregnancy. The abortion pill didn’t exist 6,000 years ago, and neither did surgical equipment to remove a fetus. However, Ezekiel 21:22-25 details the punishment of a person who accidentally harms a pregnant woman during a fight resulting in miscarriage:

“If people are fighting and 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

Nevertheless, injury to a fetus resulting in miscarriage isn’t the same as abortion, as a pregnant woman wasn’t exercising pro-choice, but rather, someone else caused the baby to die, and therefore, it’s not the same as a woman who chooses to terminate her pregnancy. Most importantly, this punishment was when the Israelites were under the Jewish law, and we’re no longer under the law today:

“Christians are not under the law.” Romans 6:14

“Christians have been delivered from the law.” Romans 7:16

“Christians are dead to the law.” Galatians 2:19

“The law was a curse that Christ redeemed us from.” Galatians 3:10

What’s interesting to note is that a person who accidentally harmed a pregnant woman during a fight, resulting in her unborn baby dying, had to be killed.

So, if a person who accidentally harms a baby had to die, then what would be the punishment of a woman who voluntarily terminated a fetus?

Biblical scholars and professors may not agree on the answers to controversial questions, but we can all agree on one thing:

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

In other words, if you’ve had an abortion—and repented—the blood of Jesus saves you.

But…

Sin attracts evil. And the graver the sin, the greater the repercussions. Sin gives satan a foothold.

“Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.” John 5:14

MACKENZIE
(crying)
I’m going to terminate my pregnancy. I don’t have enough money to care for a child.

JESUS
(sobbing)
I will provide for you and your son.

SATAN
(cackling)  
I will have a foothold into her life when she kills her baby.

We are told over a hundred times in the Bible not to kill or commit murder.

“Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death.” Leviticus 24:17

“They poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.” Psalm 106:38

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” Genesis 9:6

“Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13


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Does having an abortion make being a bad person?

This is what destroys women who’ve had an abortion—judgment—from pro-lifers, family, and ‘friends.’

KYLIE*, 29

Kylie had an abortion in her early twenties, before she became a Christian. Her (now ex-)boyfriend of two years and her were living and working in New York.

“I was 22 and my ex was 27. We were both scared of falling pregnant,” says Kylie. “First, shouldn’t we have a say in whether or not we want to conceive a child when we have sex?”

“I knew abortion was wrong. I knew it before I read the Bible. Nevertheless, I didn’t want to have a child. I wasn’t ready.”

“Before the fall of man, God meant for a husband and wife to have a quiver of children. The more children, the better. However, money wasn’t a problem before sin,” Kylie explains. “Today, women can still have hordes of children, but… where’s the money? Similarly, the men disappear too, eventually. And the women? We’re judged because a sperm got through, because we were human and wanted to have sex.”

“You see, this is what destroys women who’ve had an abortion—judgment—from pro-lifers, family, and ‘friends.'”

“I was able to put the abortion behind me, but other people couldn’t. I wasn’t allowed to forget what I had done. Even now, years later, I’m a disgrace. And it’s affected every aspect of my life,” reflects Kylie. “I should never have told anyone I had an abortion. The shame eats you, and the rejection defines you.”

“I realize God’s word hasn’t changed in over 6,000 years: ‘Don’t start a fire outside of marriage. I don’t want you to get burned.‘”

“Women who obtain abortions aren’t evil—the ones judging them are hypocrites!”

“Still, if you’ve had an abortion, you need to repent. Stopping a fetus from growing into a person is wrong—ending a life is a sin.”

“Most importantly, don’t have sex outside of marriage,” she says, suddenly. “That’s where it starts.”

“God’s promises are for those who follow his instructions—the blessing falls on those who keep his commandments. And his laws are outlined again in Romans 8: ‘Thou shalt not kill.'”

What everyone ought to know about God’s silence on abortion

According to WHO, an estimated 40-50 million abortions are performed every year, which works out to 125,000 abortions per day. “Three out of ten of all pregnancies end in induced abortion,” reports WHO.

Despite the whopping figures, God never mentions unwanted pregnancy in the Bible. Why?

In Isaiah 49:15, God tells us that a mother may forget her child, but he will never forget one of his children:

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15

This scripture isn’t aimed at a woman who’s terminated a pregnancy or given a baby up for adoption because God knows forgetting a child isn’t possible, for most women anyway. Although, it’s better if a woman can forget so that she can numb the pain. Especially in the case of adoption, which is far more traumatizing than abortion.

In short, how would you feel if someone you loved was never born? God feels the same way about your child. He has engraved your baby’s name on the palms of his hands. Even if you don’t pick a name, he has.

“See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16

God only planned for women to have children when they are married, in a safe, protected relationship. Sex outside of marriage is a sin in the Bible. So if you’re married and provided for, why wouldn’t you want a child? There wasn’t such a thing as a “single mother” in the Bible, unless a woman’s husband died.

What situation would warrant a woman not to want to have a baby? A man had to provide for his wife and children.

Abortion is not murder, but it is evil. The twelve spies returned from the promised land and said to Joshua: “We cannot take the land. There are giants there.” God called this an “evil report.” What is an evil report? It’s a declaration of unbelief, and God calls unbelief, not trusting him—sin. Because how can God, the maker of heaven and earth, drop you?

If he said he’ll provide for you…

He will.

Can God lie? You decide.

“This is what the Lord says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, my servant, whom I have chosen.” Isaiah 44:2

You are not a murderer if you have an abortion, and neither is your soul in mortal danger if you repent.

But if you have an abortion, you don’t trust God—you don’t believe his Word.

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life an death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

JESS
(beaming)
God, I’m going to trust that you’re a redeemer and a provider, like your Word says. I’m going to keep my baby.

JESUS
(rejoicing)
I will make your son’s name great and prosper you for choosing life.

SATAN
(crying)
Damn. I thought I had blinded her.

Does the Bible tell us when life begins, at conception or later in the pregnancy?

No, but science does. After only three days after fertilization, a young embryo will contain approximately six to 10 cells. And by the sixth day, the cluster of cells, called a blastocyst, implants into the uterus wall. You have 46 chromosomes. A human zygote, a fertilized egg cell from sperm, also has 46 chromosomes.

“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


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Will you feel condemned if you have an abortion?

The truth? According to research, millions of women look back in hindsight and feel comfortable with the decision they made to terminate a pregnancy. They consider their circumstances when they fell pregnant and believe they made the right choice. In contrast, some women still feel guilt and shame for aborting a baby for up to 30 years after terminating a pregnancy. The condemnation for terminating a pregnancy is usually “put on” women by people they know. And that’s what destroys women.

If you truly repent, you don’t need to “come clean” to a pastor or a new boyfriend.

We are not pro-choice or anti-choice.

We are pro-Jesus. And He forgives sin.

The bottom line

The spiritual reverberations of sin can be cut off when you repent, seek deliverance, and shut the door on sin, the foothold you gave satan. Still, God wants us to make the right choice, and what looks like the more difficult path is usually the upright road.

If you’re thinking about having an abortion, spend time with God before you make a decision.

The higher the price you pay for doing the righteous thing—the greater the reward.