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A. That no one should
have the right to take the life of the unborn has been a
principle of medicine from ancient times. The
Hippocratic Oath, first formulated as a sworn rule of
conduct for doctors and physicians in ancient Greece
some 2,400 years ago, says, "I will give no deadly
medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest such counsel;
and in a like manner I will not give a woman a pessary
to induce an abortion."
Even then, four hundred
years before the birth of Christ, people were clamoring
for euthanasia and wanting to kill their unborn babies.
If Hippocrates-a pagan physician who believed in all
sorts of mythological gods and goddesses-knew that it
was wrong to take a life, what defense do we have today
after the intervening two millennia of research and
When it comes to abortion, I believe
God is pro-choice. Let me demonstrate that in Scripture.
Speaking through Moses, God told his people: "I have set
before you life and death, blessing and cursing;
therefore choose life, that both you and your
descendants may live" (Deut. 30:19). God created us as
free moral agents, with the capacity to choose our
course of action. But He certainly gave us explicit
direction for making wise choices: "Choose
The Bible places great value on children.
They are the "heritage" of the Lord, His "reward" (Ps.
127:3). The Bible also makes it clear that a child's
life is to be protected, even while the child is in the
mother's womb. Among the ancient Hebrews, penalties were
prescribed against a person who injured a pregnant woman
and thereby caused her to miscarry (Ex.
God's Word says that if you hurt a
pregnant woman and she loses the baby, you have to pay a
penalty-not because it was a "blob of tissue," as
abortion proponents would have us believe, but because
it was a living human being.
knows us, and even speaks to us, while we are in the
womb. God called both Isaiah and Jeremiah to be prophets
while they were still in the womb (Isa. 49:1, 5; Jer.
1:4-5). Would God name and ordain a meaningless blob?
That unborn child in the womb is not a blob of flesh but
a life sophisticated enough to have a relationship with
It is tempting to rationalize
abortion in dire circumstances, such as pregnancy
resulting from rape or incest. Statistically, such
pregnancies are very rare. If pregnancy does occur, the
woman's trauma and guilt should not be compounded by the
taking of innocent human life. Abortion does not solve
the problem of violence or abuse-it increases the
problem. We should punish the criminal, not the