To answer this question, we need to understand three things: who is the victim of abortion, what is the reality of abortion and what is the scriptural response to this reality?

Who is the Victim?

Let’s answer that by looking at what science tells us about the beginning of human life.

The moment a sperm cell fertilises an egg cell a new life is created. We know that this new being is human because he/she has human parents and human DNA, and we know he/she is alive because he/she is growing, respiring and moving. Embryology textbooks affirm that "human development begins at fertilization" for "this... marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual"i.

“Human development begins at fertilization… This... marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual“

Scripture confirms this verdict.

A powerful reference to humanity in the womb is found in Luke 1. When Mary conceives of the Holy Spirit she makes haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth. As Mary enters the room, John the Baptist - a late term fetus by this point - leaps for joy and is filled with the Holy Spirit. He recognises the presence of the His Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ, who is at this point a tiny embryo. It's possible that Jesus may not have even implanted within the wall of Mary's uterus yet. Elizabeth exclaims "blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” Jesus was the saviour of the world even as an embryo.

Furthermore, the New Testament makes no distinction between babies outside and inside the womb: the word used is the same: brephosii.

Need more evidence? Check out this rare footage of very young babies in the womb:

Reality of Abortion

Abortion dismembers, starves to death and crushes the skulls of over 900 pre-born babies every working day in the UK. In 2019, in England and Wales, 209,519 babies were killed brutally in the wombiii. The World Health Organisation estimates that between 2015 and 2019, on average, 73.3 million abortions occurred worldwide each yeariv.

Abortion is a genocide.

(To learn more about this, read our article, Is Abortion a Genocide?)

UK abortion death toll this year*

*estimated using the average England and Wales 2019 abortion rate (source), and assuming a uniform distribution of abortions per capita across the UK and throughout the year (source).

Although scripture doesn’t use the word abortion, it talks about child sacrifice. For instance, Psalm 106:37-40 says:

37 They sacrificed their sons
    and their daughters to the demons;
38 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.
39 Thus they became unclean by their acts,
    and played the whore in their deeds.
40 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
    and he abhorred his heritage;

We don't sacrifice our children to the idols of Canaan, however we do sacrifice our children to the idols of fear, shame, convenience or pleasure.

Abortion is child sacrifice.

In Jeremiah 1:5 we read “before I formed you in the womb I knew you” and in Psalm 139:13 “for you knit me together in my mother's womb”. God formed us in the womb in His image and he takes it very seriously when we kill fellow human beings and divine image-bearers. This is why God commanded: "You shall not murder." (Exodus 20:13).

It is hard to grasp the scope of the destruction of human life without seeing this for yourself. Therefore, please watch the reality of abortion in this next video. Although abortion is graphic and brutal, we have duty to understand what is happening to children in our families, towns and across the world. Please don't look away - it is important that we bring justice to these children who have been killed by exposing the truth of abortion. We don't show this video to condemn anyone who has had an abortion but rather give a voice to those who have no voice.

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Scriptural Response

Our response should begin with mercy to those who have killed their children by abortion. In John 8, Jesus gives us a perfect demonstration of stretching out his hand and loving someone while at the same time dealing with sin. He says to the woman caught in adultery “has no-one condemned you, neither do I” which he follows with a command: “go now and leave your life of sin”. In this we see a great example of condemning an action but not condemning a person. We must learn to do the same; to oppose abortion and to provide mercy to those who have committed abortions.

We also have a call to rescue (Proverbs 24:11-12):

11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
    hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
    and will he not repay man according to his work?

And a call to defend the vulnerable (Proverbs 31:8-9):

Open your mouth for the mute,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

I hope you agree that there is a biblical mandate to act to stop abortion. This raises the question: what should you do about it?

How to End Abortion

Watch our half-hour video to learn how to end abortion. Aisling Goodison explains the current situation of abortion in the UK, explores how social reformers like William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King ended the injustices of their time and teaches how to apply those principles to ending abortion today. 

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i The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition
ii Definition of 'brephos', Strong's Concordance (link)
iii Latest UK Abortion Statistics 2019, Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK (link)
iv World Health Organisation (link)

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James Porter


James Porter is the Head of Public Education Teams for CBR UK.