What Does the Bible Teach?
“When abortion occurs, it involves not only the termination of a pregnancy but also the termination of God’s work in the womb.” (Scott Rae)
- The Bible recognizes that life begins in the womb.
- “But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt.1:20-21)
- “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb.” (Lk.1:41)
- God is at work to develop a unique person in the womb.
- God knows children in the womb.
- “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jer. 1:5)
- “for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.” (Lk. 1:15)
- See also Gen. 25:22-24; Ps. 139:16; Gal. 1:15
- God wants His people to defend and protect life.
- “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Ps.82:3-4)
How Can I Talk With Someone Who Has a Different View?
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (James 1:19-20)
- Listen to them and try to understand why they believe what they do about the unborn. Ask questions such as, “Why do you believe this?” or “Do you have an experience with abortion?”
- Begin with a common ground: “All life is valuable.”
- Explain that an unborn child is a valuable human life.
- Size–How big you are doesn’t determine value or worth. A difference in size doesn’t disqualify someone from being a person. For example, a man who is six feet tall isn’t more important than a child who is three feet tall.
- Level of development–Physical development doesn’t determine value or worth. A baby who can only crawl isn’t less valuable than a child who can run.
- Environment–Where you live doesn’t determine value or worth. Moving across town doesn’t make you more valuable as a person. Just so, a child who lives in the womb isn’t less valuable than someone who has moved out of it.
- Dependency–Being dependent on another person for life doesn’t determine value or worth. A teenager who prepare their own food isn’t more valuable than a newborn baby who needs to be fed.
What Does Science Say?
- 3-4 days after conception: Within 3 to 4 days, the fertilized egg will attach itself to the uterine wall and begin to grow
- 4 weeks: smaller than a grain of rice, heart and lungs, and nervous system are all developing; by the end of the month, the baby’s heart is beating 65 times a minute
- 8 weeks: fingers, toes, and eyes are forming; the digestive tract and sensory organs begin to develop; bone starts to replace cartilage; around six weeks, the baby’s heartbeat can usually be detected
- 12 weeks: baby’s arms, hands, fingers and toes are fully-formed; she can open and close her fists and mouth; by the end of the third month, the baby is fully-formed and is about 4 inches long
- 16 weeks: eyelids, eyebrows, eyelashes, nails and hair are formed; baby can suck her thumb, yawn, stretch and make faces—6 inches long
- 20 weeks: muscles are developing—and he might use them to kick!–hair begins to grow on baby’s head; a baby can feel pain by 20 weeks
- 24 weeks: finger and toe prints are visible and her eyelids begin to open; baby responds to sounds and can hiccup; a baby born prematurely at 23 weeks can survive in intensive care
- 28 weeks: her hearing is developed and changes position frequently; about 14 inches long
- 32 weeks: baby’s brain is developing rapidly and he can see and hear; most internal systems are well-developed
- 36 weeks: baby continues to develop and grow; baby’s position changes to prepare herself for labor and delivery
*Adapted from Cleveland Clinic and other sources listed below.
What Can Our Church Do?
Be there for women.
The church has the power to change the culture! By creating more resources for families we can help provide an environment where they can thrive. There are many ways you can help single moms, including sponsoring Care Net’s Benevolence fund, which meets critical needs. Your church can volunteer to do a group project, or host a baby bottle or collection for Care Net so we can continue to reach women in crisis. Email Kevin at Kevinh@carenetdane.org to learn more.
Two out of five women attended church within a month of their abortion.
We can change that.
Talk about God’s plan for the preborn from the pulpit. The church needs to be courageous and bold in declaring God’s love for every person. You could be saving a child’s life by sharing God’s truth with your congregation.
Start your own ministry
- Download 10 Ways Our Church Can Have a Christ-like Response to Abortion and get started on a project
- Read Gospel-Centered, Non-Political Things Every Pastor Can Do to Decrease the Impact of Abortion.