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Abortion  

(Binnenkort ook vertaald in het Nederlands)

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 learning?

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 life."

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. 21:22-23).

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.

Furthermore, God 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 God Almighty!

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 victim.

John Hagee