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1.
You shall not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shall you destroy it after it is born.

You shall not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shall you destroy it after it is born.

Reference:  Epistle of Barnabas, 19:5.


Author: Barnabas
Topics: Abortion
2.
If it were possible for the unborn child to choose to be wanted or unwanted, the child would predictably and rightfully choose to be wanted. But if the alternative to being wanted is being eliminated, what kind of choice is that? Since the child cannot even make the choice (fruitless though it would be, considering the alternatives), there are those who make its choice for it by killing it, and then piously pretending that their killing is really not an act of murder but of mercy because it is done as a humanitarian favor to the child.

If it were possible for the unborn child to choose to be wanted or unwanted, the child would predictably and rightfully choose to be wanted. But if the alternative to being wanted is being eliminated, what kind of choice is that? Since the child cannot even make the choice (fruitless though it would be, considering the alternatives), there are those who make its choice for it by killing it, and then piously pretending that their killing is really not an act of murder but of mercy because it is done as a humanitarian favor to the child.

Reference:  Abortion and the Meaning of Personhood, Baker, 1974, p. 68.


Author: Clifford Bajema
Topics: Abortion
3.
Because we bear the image of God, all mankind, and, by extension, each and every human life has a “specialness” and worth that demands respect. Each human life, from its earliest stage of development, is a unique Person which bears God’s likeness, and should have the same protection of law that is afforded other “persons” in our society. For this reason, all human life should be respected in law. This respect is due regardless of the manner of conception, whether through the marital act, fertilized “in vitro” (IVF), or through the “ex utero” process of Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT, otherwise known as cloning).

Because we bear the image of God, all mankind, and, by extension, each and every human life has a “specialness” and worth that demands respect. Each human life, from its earliest stage of development, is a unique Person which bears God’s likeness, and should have the same protection of law that is afforded other “persons” in our society. For this reason, all human life should be respected in law. This respect is due regardless of the manner of conception, whether through the marital act, fertilized “in vitro” (IVF), or through the “ex utero” process of Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT, otherwise known as cloning).

Reference:  Is Innocent Human Life Ever Negotiable? June 17, 2008, www.visionforumministries.org, Used by Permission.


Author: Daniel Becker
Topics: Abortion
4.
State officials must know that we are serious about stopping abortion, which is a matter of clear principle concerning the babies themselves and concerning a high view of human life.

State officials must know that we are serious about stopping abortion, which is a matter of clear principle concerning the babies themselves and concerning a high view of human life.


Topics: Abortion
5.
Certainly every Christian ought to be praying and working to nullify the abominable abortion law. But as we work and pray, we should have in mind not only this important issue as though it stood alone. Rather, we should be struggling and praying that this whole other total entity “(this godless) worldview” can be rolled back with all its results across all of life.

Certainly every Christian ought to be praying and working to nullify the abominable abortion law. But as we work and pray, we should have in mind not only this important issue as though it stood alone. Rather, we should be struggling and praying that this whole other total entity “(this godless) worldview” can be rolled back with all its results across all of life.

Reference:  A Christian Manifesto, Crossway, 2005.


Topics: Abortion
6.
It is no more reasonable to destroy a child by abortion because it could not live if suddenly delivered than to drown a non-swimmer in a bathtub because he could not live if thrown into the middle of the ocean.

It is no more reasonable to destroy a child by abortion because it could not live if suddenly delivered than to drown a non-swimmer in a bathtub because he could not live if thrown into the middle of the ocean.

Reference:  The Bible on Abortion, Free Church Publication, 1977, p. 79.


Author: Harold Brown
Topics: Abortion
7.
The Bible does not deal specifically with abortion. For that matter, it does not deal specifically with infanticide, the killing of babies. Nor does it talk about parricide, fratricide, uxoricide (killing of one’s wife), nor genocide (the killing of a whole race). Examples of such crimes are mentioned, but not singled out for special treatment. In fact, the Bible does not even discuss suicide (self-killing). There are specific provisions against homicide – the deliberate taking of human life (“killing” or “slaying” is the usual expression). The Bible prohibits the taking of innocent human life. If the developing fetus is shown to be a human being, then we do not need a specific commandment against feticide (abortion) any more than we need something specific against uxoricide (wife-killing). The general commandment against killing covers both.

The Bible does not deal specifically with abortion. For that matter, it does not deal specifically with infanticide, the killing of babies. Nor does it talk about parricide, fratricide, uxoricide (killing of one's wife), nor genocide (the killing of a whole race). Examples of such crimes are mentioned, but not singled out for special treatment. In fact, the Bible does not even discuss suicide (self-killing). There are specific provisions against homicide – the deliberate taking of human life (“killing” or “slaying” is the usual expression). The Bible prohibits the taking of innocent human life. If the developing fetus is shown to be a human being, then we do not need a specific commandment against feticide (abortion) any more than we need something specific against uxoricide (wife-killing). The general commandment against killing covers both.

Reference:  The Bible on Abortion, Free Church Publication, 1977, p. 118-119.


Author: Harold Brown
Topics: Abortion
8.
Pro aborts say that they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Pro-lifers vehemently disagree. Abortion, pro-lifers say, can never be safe, certainly not to the child. Nor, they claim, are they safe for the mother, citing the growing literature, demonstrating that even the so-called “medically safe” abortion is dangerous to the mother. Abortion, they vigorously contend, cannot be legal. It is, they assert, murder and contrary to the nation’s charter commitment that all human beings are equal and entitled to the inalienable right to life. No court and no legislature can change that. Finally, abortion, they state, will never be rare, so long as it is promoted as a constitutional right. They maintain that women will never be deterred from killing “unwanted” children unless and until abortion is once again condemned by civil society as a morally reprehensible homicide.

Pro aborts say that they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Pro-lifers vehemently disagree. Abortion, pro-lifers say, can never be safe, certainly not to the child. Nor, they claim, are they safe for the mother, citing the growing literature, demonstrating that even the so-called “medically safe” abortion is dangerous to the mother. Abortion, they vigorously contend, cannot be legal. It is, they assert, murder and contrary to the nation’s charter commitment that all human beings are equal and entitled to the inalienable right to life. No court and no legislature can change that. Finally, abortion, they state, will never be rare, so long as it is promoted as a constitutional right. They maintain that women will never be deterred from killing “unwanted” children unless and until abortion is once again condemned by civil society as a morally reprehensible homicide.

Reference:  The First 100 Ways – Ending Legal Abortions, January 21, 2003, www.visionforumministries.org, Used by Permission.


Author: Herbert Titus
Topics: Abortion
9.
A.   Scriptures about God’s effecting conception:
Gen. 29:31 – “the Lord opened her (Leah’s) womb”
Gen. 30:22 – “God opened her (Rachel’s) womb”
Judges 13:3-5 – “committed to God from the womb”
Ruth 4:13 – “the Lord gave her conception”
Luke 1:15 – “filled with Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb”
B.   Scriptures about God’s involvement in forming unborn:
Job 10:8-12 – “God knit me together with bones and sinews and granted me life”
Psalm 127:3 – “the fruit of the womb is a reward”
Psalm 139:13-16 – “God weaved me in my mother’s womb”
Eccl. 11:5 – “bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman”
Isa. 49:1,5 – “the Lord called Me from the womb…formed Me from the womb”
Jere. 1:5 – “before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I consecrated you”
Luke 1:15 – “filled with Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb”
Luke 1:39-44 – “the baby leaped in my womb for joy”
Gal. 1:15 – “set me apart from my mother’s womb, and called me through grace”
C.   Scriptures to consider about alleged “sacredness” or “sanctity” of human life:
Gen. 1:26,27 – “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image’”
Psalm 8:3-8 – “God made man a little lower than God”
D.   Scriptures to consider if abortion is murder:
Gen. 9:6 – “whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed”
Exod. 20:13 – “you shall not murder”
Exod. 23:7 – “do not kill the innocent or the righteous”
Prov. 6:17 – “God hates hands that kill innocent blood”
Amos 1:13,14 – “God punished those who ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead”
I Peter 4:15 – “do not let any of you suffer as a murderer”

A. Scriptures about God’s effecting conception: Gen. 29:31 – “the Lord opened her (Leah’s) womb” Gen. 30:22 – “God opened her (Rachel's) womb” Judges 13:3-5 – “committed to God from the womb” Ruth 4:13 – “the Lord gave her conception” Luke 1:15 – “filled with Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb” B. Scriptures about God's involvement in forming unborn: Job 10:8-12 – “God knit me together with bones and sinews and granted me life” Psalm 127:3 – “the fruit of the womb is a reward” Psalm 139:13-16 – “God weaved me in my mother's womb” Eccl. 11:5 – “bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman” Isa. 49:1,5 – “the Lord called Me from the womb...formed Me from the womb” Jere. 1:5 – “before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I consecrated you” Luke 1:15 – “filled with Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb” Luke 1:39-44 – “the baby leaped in my womb for joy” Gal. 1:15 – “set me apart from my mother's womb, and called me through grace” C. Scriptures to consider about alleged “sacredness” or “sanctity” of human life: Gen. 1:26,27 – “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image’” Psalm 8:3-8 – “God made man a little lower than God” D. Scriptures to consider if abortion is murder: Gen. 9:6 – “whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed” Exod. 20:13 – “you shall not murder” Exod. 23:7 – “do not kill the innocent or the righteous” Prov. 6:17 – “God hates hands that kill innocent blood” Amos 1:13,14 – “God punished those who ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead” I Peter 4:15 – “do not let any of you suffer as a murderer”

Reference:  Excerpted from: Abortion, Study Outlines, 1999, www.christinyou.net.


Author: James Fowler
Topics: Abortion
10.
Some of the things we can do to oppose abortion are:
1.    Realize the urgency of the situation – each year over one and one-half million unborn babies are aborted. Over 5000 every day.
2.    Realize that God’s judgment rests on a nation that allows or condones murder, unless it truly repents. Numbers 35:33 warns: “So shall you not pollute the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it except by the blood of him who shed it.”
3.    Communicate to elected officials and legislators that God has His moral standards that we must honor, and that one of those standards condemns abortion.
4.    Educate and organize your Christian friends to stand unashamedly for the sanctity of human life in their own communities and before their state legislators.
5.    Establish and get involved with a local chapter of the Christian Action Council.
6.    Keep yourself informed by subscribing to one of several good pro-life newsletters, such as Action Line (Christian Action Council), A.L.L. (American Life Lobby), etc.
7.    Involve yourself in crisis pregnancy ministries in your local church, ministering to women with unwanted pregnancies.
8.    Check with local Christian adoption agencies for the possibility of adopting an otherwise unwanted infant.
9.    Consider taking unwed pregnant women into your home.
10. Teach your children about marital sexuality, the sanctity of human life, and the joy and beauty of pre-marital chastity.
11. Check with your Ob-Gyn and find out if he does abortions. If he does, drop him, and encourage other Christians to do the same.
12. Have funerals for children who die before birth.
13. Identify the Planned Parenthood Federation as an accomplice in this holocaust.
14. Write letters to editors of newspapers and elected officials about the holocaust. Push for pro-life legislation in your state legislature. Send petitions to your representatives.
15. Get involved in a sidewalk counseling program.
16. Leave denominations which are either pro-abortion, or which are not actively pro-life.
17. Pray Psalm 58 against abortionists.
18. Find out where political candidates stand on the issue of abortion.
19. Evangelize!! Evangelize!! Evangelize!!

Some of the things we can do to oppose abortion are: 1. Realize the urgency of the situation – each year over one and one-half million unborn babies are aborted. Over 5000 every day. 2. Realize that God’s judgment rests on a nation that allows or condones murder, unless it truly repents. Numbers 35:33 warns: “So shall you not pollute the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it except by the blood of him who shed it.” 3. Communicate to elected officials and legislators that God has His moral standards that we must honor, and that one of those standards condemns abortion. 4. Educate and organize your Christian friends to stand unashamedly for the sanctity of human life in their own communities and before their state legislators. 5. Establish and get involved with a local chapter of the Christian Action Council. 6. Keep yourself informed by subscribing to one of several good pro-life newsletters, such as Action Line (Christian Action Council), A.L.L. (American Life Lobby), etc. 7. Involve yourself in crisis pregnancy ministries in your local church, ministering to women with unwanted pregnancies. 8. Check with local Christian adoption agencies for the possibility of adopting an otherwise unwanted infant. 9. Consider taking unwed pregnant women into your home. 10. Teach your children about marital sexuality, the sanctity of human life, and the joy and beauty of pre-marital chastity. 11. Check with your Ob-Gyn and find out if he does abortions. If he does, drop him, and encourage other Christians to do the same. 12. Have funerals for children who die before birth. 13. Identify the Planned Parenthood Federation as an accomplice in this holocaust. 14. Write letters to editors of newspapers and elected officials about the holocaust. Push for pro-life legislation in your state legislature. Send petitions to your representatives. 15. Get involved in a sidewalk counseling program. 16. Leave denominations which are either pro-abortion, or which are not actively pro-life. 17. Pray Psalm 58 against abortionists. 18. Find out where political candidates stand on the issue of abortion. 19. Evangelize!! Evangelize!! Evangelize!!

Reference:  Excerpted from: What Are You Doing About the American Holocaust? http://www.prolifeforum.org:80/churches/bible/morecraftholocaust.asp, Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Used by Permission.


Author: Joe Morecraft
Topics: Abortion
11.
The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being and it is a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.

The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being and it is a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.

Reference:  Commentary, Exodus 21:22, 1563.


Author: John Calvin
Topics: Abortion
12.
America, as a nation, is highly committed by law and by practice to a form of mass murder…. This nation, which certainly prides itself on its humanitarianism, is in a murderous cycle of violence that makes the Nazi Holocaust look mild by comparison. Nearly 2,000,000 babies are aborted a year in America. Every third baby conceived now is being murdered. Among teenage women there are 736 abortions for every 1,000 births. Among married women abortions now exceed births! More babies are killed than are born. Some would tell us that there is an abortion about every 15 seconds in America.

America, as a nation, is highly committed by law and by practice to a form of mass murder…. This nation, which certainly prides itself on its humanitarianism, is in a murderous cycle of violence that makes the Nazi Holocaust look mild by comparison. Nearly 2,000,000 babies are aborted a year in America. Every third baby conceived now is being murdered. Among teenage women there are 736 abortions for every 1,000 births. Among married women abortions now exceed births! More babies are killed than are born. Some would tell us that there is an abortion about every 15 seconds in America.

Reference:  The Biblical View on Abortion – Part 1, The article originally appeared (www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-67) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Abortion
13.
Bags of babies are found by trash compactors (as we all know); yet on the other side of this, a wounded American eagle was found recently in Maryland and rushed to emergency treatment. However, it died and a $5,000 reward was offered for the arrest of whoever injured it. It is illegal to ship a pregnant lobster: it’s a $1,000 fine. In the State of Massachusetts there is an anti-cruelty law that makes it illegal to award a goldfish as a prize. Why? This is what it says, "To protect the tendency to dull humanitarian feelings and to corrupt morals of those who abuse them." The same people that want to save the goldfish are leading the parade, usually, to kill the babies.

Bags of babies are found by trash compactors (as we all know); yet on the other side of this, a wounded American eagle was found recently in Maryland and rushed to emergency treatment. However, it died and a $5,000 reward was offered for the arrest of whoever injured it. It is illegal to ship a pregnant lobster: it's a $1,000 fine. In the State of Massachusetts there is an anti-cruelty law that makes it illegal to award a goldfish as a prize. Why? This is what it says, "To protect the tendency to dull humanitarian feelings and to corrupt morals of those who abuse them." The same people that want to save the goldfish are leading the parade, usually, to kill the babies.

Reference:  The Biblical View on Abortion – Part 1, The article originally appeared (www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-67) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Abortion
14.
1. Somewhere between 400% and 800% of suicide rates increase in women who have had abortions.

2. Hypochondria, depression, withdrawal, guilt, shame, drugs, alcohol dependency, serious emotional trauma – all of these come from abortions.

3. Six to seven times more women die each year from legal than illegal abortions.

4. The risk of pregnancy outside the womb which threatens the mother’s life is doubled for women who have had one abortion, and quadrupled where there have been two or more.

5. Miscarriages are almost twice as common for women who have aborted. A study of 26,000 births indicated a more than threefold increase in the number of stillborn babies and deaths of newborns among mothers who have had an abortion.

6. Since about two or three women per hundred needs a blood transfusion, there is an increased risk of exposure to hepatitis and AIDS.

7. Bleeding is more common in subsequent wanted pregnancies.

8. Many researchers have observed subsequent premature births and low birth weights.

9. Among women who have had abortions there is an increased risk of damage to the cervix.

10. There is up to a 30% greater risk of pelvic infection.

1. Somewhere between 400% and 800% of suicide rates increase in women who have had abortions. 2. Hypochondria, depression, withdrawal, guilt, shame, drugs, alcohol dependency, serious emotional trauma – all of these come from abortions. 3. Six to seven times more women die each year from legal than illegal abortions. 4. The risk of pregnancy outside the womb which threatens the mother's life is doubled for women who have had one abortion, and quadrupled where there have been two or more. 5. Miscarriages are almost twice as common for women who have aborted. A study of 26,000 births indicated a more than threefold increase in the number of stillborn babies and deaths of newborns among mothers who have had an abortion. 6. Since about two or three women per hundred needs a blood transfusion, there is an increased risk of exposure to hepatitis and AIDS. 7. Bleeding is more common in subsequent wanted pregnancies. 8. Many researchers have observed subsequent premature births and low birth weights. 9. Among women who have had abortions there is an increased risk of damage to the cervix. 10. There is up to a 30% greater risk of pelvic infection.

Reference:  The Biblical View on Abortion – Part 1, The article originally appeared (www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-67) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Abortion
15.
Conception, then is the act of God whereby a person is created by God’s sovereign will. A soul is breathed into the living tissue by the Holy Spirit. That soul’s destiny is already known to God and determined by Him from before the foundation of the world. Abortion then becomes a violent anti-God act. It is not only a murder of the individual, it is an affront to the Creator… I believe abortion is the last official stand of the defiant apostate against God. It says, “God, you will not determine who lives or dies – I will!”

Conception, then is the act of God whereby a person is created by God's sovereign will. A soul is breathed into the living tissue by the Holy Spirit. That soul's destiny is already known to God and determined by Him from before the foundation of the world. Abortion then becomes a violent anti-God act. It is not only a murder of the individual, it is an affront to the Creator… I believe abortion is the last official stand of the defiant apostate against God. It says, “God, you will not determine who lives or dies – I will!”

Reference:  The Biblical View on Abortion – Part 1, The article originally appeared (www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-67) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Abortion
16.
No human being…is ever conceived outside God’s will or ever conceived apart from God’s image. Life is a gift from God created in His own image.

No human being…is ever conceived outside God's will or ever conceived apart from God's image. Life is a gift from God created in His own image.

Reference:  The Biblical View on Abortion – Part 1, The article originally appeared (www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-67) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Abortion
17.
Abortion is often portrayed as benefitting women. Yet ironically when decisions are made on the basis of sex, girls are aborted far more often than boys. Out of eight thousand amniocentesis, that is abortions, done in Bombay, seven-thousand nine-hundred and ninety-nine of them were girls, one was a boy. This is true in China. You’re only allowed to have one child and if it’s a girl, they kill it.  In one study in the United States, twenty-nine out of forty-six girls were aborted, only one out of fifty-three boys were aborted. So the idea that abortion benefits women doesn’t seem to fit the facts, it winds up in the slaughter of women around the world.

Abortion is often portrayed as benefitting women. Yet ironically when decisions are made on the basis of sex, girls are aborted far more often than boys. Out of eight thousand amniocentesis, that is abortions, done in Bombay, seven-thousand nine-hundred and ninety-nine of them were girls, one was a boy. This is true in China. You’re only allowed to have one child and if it’s a girl, they kill it. In one study in the United States, twenty-nine out of forty-six girls were aborted, only one out of fifty-three boys were aborted. So the idea that abortion benefits women doesn’t seem to fit the facts, it winds up in the slaughter of women around the world.

Reference:  The Biblical View on Abortion – Part 2, The article originally appeared (www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-68) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Abortion
18.
The present toleration of abortion is deeply rooted in this new kind of individualism and personal rights movement. The pro-abortion people always argue that a woman has a right to control her own body and therefore she has the right to abort any intrusion into that body. Yet society recognizes rights must be limited when they conflict with another person’s rights. And certainly the person in the womb of the mother has rights.

The present toleration of abortion is deeply rooted in this new kind of individualism and personal rights movement. The pro-abortion people always argue that a woman has a right to control her own body and therefore she has the right to abort any intrusion into that body. Yet society recognizes rights must be limited when they conflict with another person’s rights. And certainly the person in the womb of the mother has rights.

Reference:  The Biblical View on Abortion – Part 2, The article originally appeared (www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-68) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Abortion
19.
I cannot even conceive how a mother could think of a baby as an enemy. Whether that baby was a product of rape, or whether that baby was in some way malformed, how that woman could think that child in her was an enemy when she has been given the God-given privilege of protecting that little life with all of its weaknesses. Certainly that’s not natural instinct to a mother. She would have to be sold that by a culture that had become decadent.

I cannot even conceive how a mother could think of a baby as an enemy. Whether that baby was a product of rape, or whether that baby was in some way malformed, how that woman could think that child in her was an enemy when she has been given the God-given privilege of protecting that little life with all of its weaknesses. Certainly that’s not natural instinct to a mother. She would have to be sold that by a culture that had become decadent.

Reference:  The Biblical View on Abortion – Part 2, The article originally appeared (www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/90-68) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Author: John MacArthur
Topics: Abortion
20.
On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court, in Dred Scott vs. Stanford, ruled that no act of Congress or territorial legislature could make laws banning slavery. The fundamental argument was that slaves are not free and equal persons but the property of their masters. The ruling is analogous to Roe vs. Wade because today no state may make a law banning abortion to protect the unborn. The argument is similar: basically because the unborn are at the sovereign disposal of their mothers and do not have personal standing in their own right.  There was no consensus in this country on the personhood and rights of salves. We were split down the middle. But the issue was so fundamental that the states went to war, and in the end the Lincoln administration overturned the Dred Scott decision. And today, 130 years later, we look back with amazing consensus and marvel at the blindness of our forefathers.

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court, in Dred Scott vs. Stanford, ruled that no act of Congress or territorial legislature could make laws banning slavery. The fundamental argument was that slaves are not free and equal persons but the property of their masters. The ruling is analogous to Roe vs. Wade because today no state may make a law banning abortion to protect the unborn. The argument is similar: basically because the unborn are at the sovereign disposal of their mothers and do not have personal standing in their own right.  There was no consensus in this country on the personhood and rights of salves. We were split down the middle. But the issue was so fundamental that the states went to war, and in the end the Lincoln administration overturned the Dred Scott decision. And today, 130 years later, we look back with amazing consensus and marvel at the blindness of our forefathers.

Reference:  Abortion: You Desire and Do Not Have So You Kill, Sermon: January 18, 1987, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
21.
Use your imagination to see what abortion really is! Fight against the kind of social stupor that gripped Nazi Germany – the feeling that the problem is so huge and so horrendous and so out of our control that I just can’t be wrong to let it be. Use your imagination to see and feel what is really happening behind those sterile clinic doors. If you could see each little handiwork of God and what it looks like when it is being crushed or poisoned or starved, you would say, this can’t be happening. Civilized people do not do this! The children will not be saved and God’s work will not be reverenced without an act of sustained sympathetic imagination. Otherwise it is out of sight out of mind – just like Dachau, Buchenwald, Belsen, and Auschwitz. It just couldn’t be happening and so we act as if it isn’t.

Use your imagination to see what abortion really is! Fight against the kind of social stupor that gripped Nazi Germany – the feeling that the problem is so huge and so horrendous and so out of our control that I just can't be wrong to let it be. Use your imagination to see and feel what is really happening behind those sterile clinic doors. If you could see each little handiwork of God and what it looks like when it is being crushed or poisoned or starved, you would say, this can’t be happening. Civilized people do not do this! The children will not be saved and God’s work will not be reverenced without an act of sustained sympathetic imagination. Otherwise it is out of sight out of mind – just like Dachau, Buchenwald, Belsen, and Auschwitz. It just couldn't be happening and so we act as if it isn't.

Reference:  Abortion: You Desire and Do Not Have So You Kill, Sermon: January 18, 1987, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
22.
The root cause of abortion is the failure to be satisfied in God as our supreme love. And, for all the great legal work that needs to be done to protect human life, the greatest work that needs to be done is to spread a passion – a satisfaction for the supremacy of God in all things. That’s our calling.

The root cause of abortion is the failure to be satisfied in God as our supreme love. And, for all the great legal work that needs to be done to protect human life, the greatest work that needs to be done is to spread a passion – a satisfaction for the supremacy of God in all things. That's our calling.

Reference:  Abortion: Where Does Child Killing Come From? Sermon: January 25, 1998, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
23.
God is calling…all Christians to expose the dark and fruitless work of abortion:
1.    To expose the fact that there are 1.5 million abortions in America every year – 27 million since the Supreme Court overturned the public conscience of 48 states 19 years ago.
2.    To expose the fact that 30% of all babies conceived in America are killed by abortion.
3.    To expose the fact that medically women are told not to have abortions before the seventh week of pregnancy (see the Yes/Neon booklet), and yet by the eighth week the heart of the baby has been beating for a month, there are measurable brain waves, there is response to touch, there’s thumb-sucking, grasping with the hands, swimming with the arms in the amniotic fluid, distinct arms and legs and sexual organs. This much must—not may, must—be present before most abortion centers will cut the baby to pieces with a suction machine 4,000 times a day.
4.    To expose the fact that 9,000 babies were killed after the 21st week of pregnancy in 1987, fully formed and on the brink of being able to breathe for themselves – killed, legally!
5.    To expose the fact that in Minnesota we have a fetal homicide law that makes it “murder to kill an embryo or fetus intentionally, except in cases of abortion” – in other words, it’s unlawful to kill the unborn child unless the mother chooses to have it killed. And that is a strange and dark criterion for lawful killing.
6.    To expose the fact that “There is inescapable schizophrenia in aborting a perfectly normal 22 week fetus while at the same hospital, performing intra-uterine surgery on its cousin” (Steve Calvin).
7.    To expose the fact that viability outside the womb is not a criterion of personhood and right to life, because we ourselves don’t want to give up our personhood and our right to life if we must be sustained on a respirator or dialysis machine the way a baby has to be sustained by a placenta.
8.    To expose the fact that the size and reasoning power of a tiny person is irrelevant to human personhood because if it were, we might allow tiny and unthinking newborns to be killed.
9.    To expose the fact that genetically human embryos and fetuses are utterly different from all other animal life; if they are just left alone, with nothing added but nourishment, they will grow up.
10. To expose the fact that if it is unlawful to crush the egg of a bald eagle, it is not excessively restrictive to make it unlawful to crush the egg of a human.
11. To expose the fact that when two legitimate rights conflict – the right not to be pregnant and the right not to be killed – justice demands that we give place to the greater right, the right that does the least harm – the one that does not willfully kill.
12. To expose the fact that there are thousands of crisis pregnancy centers in this country ready to help, and almost all of them are free – unlike the abortion mills that charge plenty of money – and the older the baby, the more they charge.
13. To expose the fact that there are no unwanted babies in Minnesota. Mary Ann Kuharsky (President of ProLife Minnesota) said in the Tribune she would take any baby whose life depended on it, and there are hundreds like her.
14. To expose the fact that it is hypocritical to speak as though choice were the untouchable absolute in this matter and then turn around and oppose choice in matters of gun-control and welfare support and affirmative action and minimum wage and dozens of other issues where so-called pro-choice people join the demand that people’s choices be limited to protect others. It’s a sham argument. All choices are limited by life.
15. To expose the fact that trespassing to save life is not a crime and that it does not undermine our legal system, but on the contrary endorses the one foundation stone without which that legal system in this land will fall, namely, the inalienable right to life. There will be no law but the law of individual choice (=anarchy) if the foundation stone of life’s value is destroyed. And abortion is destroying it.

God is calling…all Christians to expose the dark and fruitless work of abortion: 1. To expose the fact that there are 1.5 million abortions in America every year – 27 million since the Supreme Court overturned the public conscience of 48 states 19 years ago. 2. To expose the fact that 30% of all babies conceived in America are killed by abortion. 3. To expose the fact that medically women are told not to have abortions before the seventh week of pregnancy (see the Yes/Neon booklet), and yet by the eighth week the heart of the baby has been beating for a month, there are measurable brain waves, there is response to touch, there's thumb-sucking, grasping with the hands, swimming with the arms in the amniotic fluid, distinct arms and legs and sexual organs. This much must—not may, must—be present before most abortion centers will cut the baby to pieces with a suction machine 4,000 times a day. 4. To expose the fact that 9,000 babies were killed after the 21st week of pregnancy in 1987, fully formed and on the brink of being able to breathe for themselves – killed, legally! 5. To expose the fact that in Minnesota we have a fetal homicide law that makes it "murder to kill an embryo or fetus intentionally, except in cases of abortion" – in other words, it's unlawful to kill the unborn child unless the mother chooses to have it killed. And that is a strange and dark criterion for lawful killing. 6. To expose the fact that "There is inescapable schizophrenia in aborting a perfectly normal 22 week fetus while at the same hospital, performing intra-uterine surgery on its cousin" (Steve Calvin). 7. To expose the fact that viability outside the womb is not a criterion of personhood and right to life, because we ourselves don't want to give up our personhood and our right to life if we must be sustained on a respirator or dialysis machine the way a baby has to be sustained by a placenta. 8. To expose the fact that the size and reasoning power of a tiny person is irrelevant to human personhood because if it were, we might allow tiny and unthinking newborns to be killed. 9. To expose the fact that genetically human embryos and fetuses are utterly different from all other animal life; if they are just left alone, with nothing added but nourishment, they will grow up. 10. To expose the fact that if it is unlawful to crush the egg of a bald eagle, it is not excessively restrictive to make it unlawful to crush the egg of a human. 11. To expose the fact that when two legitimate rights conflict – the right not to be pregnant and the right not to be killed – justice demands that we give place to the greater right, the right that does the least harm – the one that does not willfully kill. 12. To expose the fact that there are thousands of crisis pregnancy centers in this country ready to help, and almost all of them are free – unlike the abortion mills that charge plenty of money – and the older the baby, the more they charge. 13. To expose the fact that there are no unwanted babies in Minnesota. Mary Ann Kuharsky (President of ProLife Minnesota) said in the Tribune she would take any baby whose life depended on it, and there are hundreds like her. 14. To expose the fact that it is hypocritical to speak as though choice were the untouchable absolute in this matter and then turn around and oppose choice in matters of gun-control and welfare support and affirmative action and minimum wage and dozens of other issues where so-called pro-choice people join the demand that people's choices be limited to protect others. It's a sham argument. All choices are limited by life. 15. To expose the fact that trespassing to save life is not a crime and that it does not undermine our legal system, but on the contrary endorses the one foundation stone without which that legal system in this land will fall, namely, the inalienable right to life. There will be no law but the law of individual choice (=anarchy) if the foundation stone of life's value is destroyed. And abortion is destroying it.

Reference:  Exposing the Dark World of Abortion, Sermon: January 26, 1992, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
24.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about 43% of all American women will have at least one abortion by the age 45 (p. 18). 20% of these are performed on teenagers (p. 28). 50% are performed on women who have had at least one abortion already (p. 31). Every third baby conceived and viable in this country is killed by abortion (p. 35).

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about 43% of all American women will have at least one abortion by the age 45 (p. 18). 20% of these are performed on teenagers (p. 28). 50% are performed on women who have had at least one abortion already (p. 31). Every third baby conceived and viable in this country is killed by abortion (p. 35).

Reference:  The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth, Sermon: January 26, 2003, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
25.
Ten Reasons Why it is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children:

1. God commanded, “Thou shalt not murder” (Exodus 20:13).

2. The destruction of conceived human life – whether embryonic, fetal, or viable – is an assault on the unique person-forming work of God.

3. Aborting unborn humans falls under the repeated biblical ban against “shedding innocent blood.”

4. The Bible frequently expresses the high priority God puts on the protection and provision and vindication of the weakest and most helpless and most victimized members of the community.

5. By judging difficult and even tragic human life as a worse evil than taking life, abortionists contradict the widespread biblical teaching that God loves to show His gracious power through suffering and not just by helping people avoid suffering.

6. It is a sin of presumption to justify abortion by taking comfort in the fact that all these little children will go to heaven or even be given full adult life in the resurrection.

7. The Bible commands us to rescue our neighbor who is being unjustly led away to death.

8. Aborting unborn children falls under Jesus’ rebuke of those who spurned children as inconvenient and unworthy of the Savior’s attention.

9. It is the right of God the Maker to give and to take human life. It is not our individual right to make this choice.

10. Finally, saving faith in Jesus Christ brings forgiveness of sins and cleansing of conscience and help through life and hope for eternity. Surrounded by such omnipotent love, every follower of Jesus is free from the greed and fear that might lure a person to forsake these truths in order to gain money or avoid reproach.

Ten Reasons Why it is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children: 1. God commanded, "Thou shalt not murder" (Exodus 20:13). 2. The destruction of conceived human life – whether embryonic, fetal, or viable – is an assault on the unique person-forming work of God. 3. Aborting unborn humans falls under the repeated biblical ban against "shedding innocent blood." 4. The Bible frequently expresses the high priority God puts on the protection and provision and vindication of the weakest and most helpless and most victimized members of the community. 5. By judging difficult and even tragic human life as a worse evil than taking life, abortionists contradict the widespread biblical teaching that God loves to show His gracious power through suffering and not just by helping people avoid suffering. 6. It is a sin of presumption to justify abortion by taking comfort in the fact that all these little children will go to heaven or even be given full adult life in the resurrection. 7. The Bible commands us to rescue our neighbor who is being unjustly led away to death. 8. Aborting unborn children falls under Jesus' rebuke of those who spurned children as inconvenient and unworthy of the Savior's attention. 9. It is the right of God the Maker to give and to take human life. It is not our individual right to make this choice. 10. Finally, saving faith in Jesus Christ brings forgiveness of sins and cleansing of conscience and help through life and hope for eternity. Surrounded by such omnipotent love, every follower of Jesus is free from the greed and fear that might lure a person to forsake these truths in order to gain money or avoid reproach.

Reference:  Ten Reasons Why it is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children, Sermon: April 7, 1989, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
26.
The vast majority of abortions are performed between the seventh and tenth week when the baby is already sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound. All his organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. His genetic code is uniquely and unquestionably human. And, if we are willing, he can be seen by ultrasound.

The vast majority of abortions are performed between the seventh and tenth week when the baby is already sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound. All his organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. His genetic code is uniquely and unquestionably human. And, if we are willing, he can be seen by ultrasound.

Reference:  The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth, Sermon: January 26, 2003, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
27.
A conservative estimate of unborn babies killed in the world each year is 30 million – about a third of those in Russia. Romania is reported to have the highest abortion rate in the world (3 out of 4 pregnancies). In America, since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 made it legal to take the lives of an unborn baby for any reason, there have been about 43 million abortions. One baby aborted every 26 seconds, 151 every hour, 3,629 every day.

A conservative estimate of unborn babies killed in the world each year is 30 million – about a third of those in Russia. Romania is reported to have the highest abortion rate in the world (3 out of 4 pregnancies). In America, since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 made it legal to take the lives of an unborn baby for any reason, there have been about 43 million abortions. One baby aborted every 26 seconds, 151 every hour, 3,629 every day.

Reference:  Abortion and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Sermon: January 25, 2004, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
28.
It is evil to justify killing [the unborn] by the happy outcome of eternity for the one killed. This same justification could be used to justify killing one-year olds, or any heaven-bound believer for that matter. The Bible asks the question: “Shall we sin that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1) And: “Shall we do evil that good may come?” (Romans 3:8). In both cases the answer is a resounding NO. It is presumption to step into God’s place and try to make the assignments to heaven or to hell. Our duty is to obey God, not to play God.

It is evil to justify killing [the unborn] by the happy outcome of eternity for the one killed. This same justification could be used to justify killing one-year olds, or any heaven-bound believer for that matter. The Bible asks the question: "Shall we sin that grace may abound?" (Romans 6:1) And: "Shall we do evil that good may come?" (Romans 3:8). In both cases the answer is a resounding NO. It is presumption to step into God's place and try to make the assignments to heaven or to hell. Our duty is to obey God, not to play God.

Reference:  Ten Reasons Why it is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children, Sermon: April 7, 1989, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
29.
Christ died that we might live. This is the opposite of abortion. Abortion kills that someone might live differently.

Christ died that we might live. This is the opposite of abortion. Abortion kills that someone might live differently.

Reference:  The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth, Sermon: January 26, 2003, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
30.
At this time in American history, (this) is one of the most powerful sentences a person can speak: “I do not want a child at this time.” It’s powerful, because in a world without God, and without submission to His will, the will – the “want” – of a mother has become the will of a god. I say it carefully and calmly and sadly: Our modern, secular, God-dethroning culture has endowed the will (the “want”) of a mother not just with sovereignty over her child, but with something vastly greater. We have endowed her will with the right and the power to create human personhood. When God is no longer the Creator of human personhood, endowing it with dignity and rights in His own image, we must take that role for Him, and we have vested it in the will of the mother. She creates personhood.

At this time in American history, (this) is one of the most powerful sentences a person can speak: “I do not want a child at this time.” It's powerful, because in a world without God, and without submission to His will, the will – the “want” – of a mother has become the will of a god. I say it carefully and calmly and sadly: Our modern, secular, God-dethroning culture has endowed the will (the “want”) of a mother not just with sovereignty over her child, but with something vastly greater. We have endowed her will with the right and the power to create human personhood. When God is no longer the Creator of human personhood, endowing it with dignity and rights in His own image, we must take that role for Him, and we have vested it in the will of the mother. She creates personhood.

Reference:  Abortion and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Sermon: January 25, 2004, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
31.
It isn’t sex by itself that makes abortion. It is sex plus covetousness: desiring things that God does not will for us to have because we are not willing to find our satisfaction in him. Illicit sex and unencumbered freedom without children: for these we covet, and abortion is the result.

It isn’t sex by itself that makes abortion. It is sex plus covetousness: desiring things that God does not will for us to have because we are not willing to find our satisfaction in him. Illicit sex and unencumbered freedom without children: for these we covet, and abortion is the result.

Reference:  John Piper The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth, Sermon: January 26, 2003, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
32.
The offspring of the woman, Jesus Christ, came into the world to save women who have dethroned God, taken His place, defined personhood as tissue, and willed the death of their own child. It can’t be reversed, but it can be forgiven. That is why Christ died.

The offspring of the woman, Jesus Christ, came into the world to save women who have dethroned God, taken His place, defined personhood as tissue, and willed the death of their own child. It can't be reversed, but it can be forgiven. That is why Christ died.

Reference:  Abortion and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Sermon: January 25, 2004, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
33.
How do you get from, “We do not know whether this is protectable human life,” to “Therefore, we will not protect it?” Wouldn’t the logic just as likely (some would say far more likely) be, “Since we do not know whether this is protectable human life, therefore we will protect it?” Why does the judicial uncertainty about the humanity of the unborn lead to unbridled license to destroy it?

How do you get from, “We do not know whether this is protectable human life,” to “Therefore, we will not protect it?” Wouldn’t the logic just as likely (some would say far more likely) be, “Since we do not know whether this is protectable human life, therefore we will protect it?” Why does the judicial uncertainty about the humanity of the unborn lead to unbridled license to destroy it?

Reference:  The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth, Sermon: January 26, 2003, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
34.
It is evil to justify killing (unborn babies) by the happy outcome of eternity for the one killed. This same justification could be used to justify killing one-year olds, or any heaven-bound believer for that matter. The Bible asks the question: “Shall we sin that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1) And: “Shall we do evil that good may come?” (Romans 3:8). In both cases the answer is a resounding NO. It is presumption to step into God’s place and try to make the assignments to heaven or to hell. Our duty is to obey God, not to play God.

It is evil to justify killing (unborn babies) by the happy outcome of eternity for the one killed. This same justification could be used to justify killing one-year olds, or any heaven-bound believer for that matter. The Bible asks the question: “Shall we sin that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1) And: “Shall we do evil that good may come?” (Romans 3:8). In both cases the answer is a resounding NO. It is presumption to step into God’s place and try to make the assignments to heaven or to hell. Our duty is to obey God, not to play God.

Reference:  Ten Reasons Why it is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn Children, Sermon: April 7, 1989, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
35.
Ways to be actively involved in the solution:

1. Consider adoption.

2. Be a regular giver of your money to Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

3. Volunteer in a Crisis Pregnancy Center.

4. Be involved in spreading truth with good literature.

5. Make your presence know at the abortion clinics in town (by) writing or phoning or visiting and talking, if you can, with those who work there.

6. Dream a new kind of ministry.

7. Pray!

Ways to be actively involved in the solution: 1. Consider adoption. 2. Be a regular giver of your money to Crisis Pregnancy Centers. 3. Volunteer in a Crisis Pregnancy Center. 4. Be involved in spreading truth with good literature. 5. Make your presence know at the abortion clinics in town (by) writing or phoning or visiting and talking, if you can, with those who work there. 6. Dream a new kind of ministry. 7. Pray!

Reference:  John Piper The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth, Sermon: January 26, 2003, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
36.
My aim is to hasten the day when being publicly pro-choice will be as reprehensible as being publicly racist. My aim is to hasten the day when declaring yourself pro-choice would be like declaring yourself a white supremacist… Racism might…result in the killing of innocent humans in our history, it often did. But abortion always results in the killing of innocent humans. Between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 Black people were lynched in America. Today more Black babies are killed by white abortionists every three days than all who were lynched in those years.

My aim is to hasten the day when being publicly pro-choice will be as reprehensible as being publicly racist. My aim is to hasten the day when declaring yourself pro-choice would be like declaring yourself a white supremacist… Racism might…result in the killing of innocent humans in our history, it often did. But abortion always results in the killing of innocent humans. Between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 Black people were lynched in America. Today more Black babies are killed by white abortionists every three days than all who were lynched in those years.

Reference:  When is Abortion Racism? Sermon: January 21, 2007, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
37.
One accurate way to describe abortion is subtle infanticide. That is: child-killing done in a way that the people don’t recognize it as child-killing. That reality is why the word abortion exists. Some words are created to cloak reality the same way procedures are created to cloak reality. “Abortion” is cloaked child-killing

One accurate way to describe abortion is subtle infanticide. That is: child-killing done in a way that the people don’t recognize it as child-killing. That reality is why the word abortion exists. Some words are created to cloak reality the same way procedures are created to cloak reality. “Abortion” is cloaked child-killing

Reference:  Abortion, Race, Gender and Christ, Sermon: January 23, 2005, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
38.
Every day 1,300 black babies are killed in America. Seven hundred Hispanic babies die every day from abortion. Call this what you will – when the slaughter has an ethnic face and the percentages are double that of the white community and the killers are almost all white, something is going on here that ought to make the lovers of racial equality and racial harmony wake up… O that the murderous effect of abortion in the Black and Latino communities, destroying tens of thousands at the hands of white abortionists, would explode with the same reprehensible reputation as lynching.

Every day 1,300 black babies are killed in America. Seven hundred Hispanic babies die every day from abortion. Call this what you will – when the slaughter has an ethnic face and the percentages are double that of the white community and the killers are almost all white, something is going on here that ought to make the lovers of racial equality and racial harmony wake up… O that the murderous effect of abortion in the Black and Latino communities, destroying tens of thousands at the hands of white abortionists, would explode with the same reprehensible reputation as lynching.

Reference:  When is Abortion Racism? Sermon: January 21, 2007, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
39.
Questions to ask a pro-choice legislator:

1. Are you willing to explain why a baby’s right not to be killed is less important than a woman’s right not to be pregnant?

2. Are you willing to explain why most cities have laws forbidding cruelty to animals, but you oppose laws forbidding cruelty to human fetuses? Are they not at least living animals?

3. Are you willing to explain why government is unwilling to take away the so-called right to abortion on demand even though it harms the unborn child; yet government is increasingly willing to take away the right to smoke, precisely because it harms innocent non-smokers, killing 3,000 non-smokers a year from cancer and as many as 40,000 non-smokers a year from other diseases?

4. And if you say that everything hangs on whether the fetus is a human child, are you willing to go before national television in the oval office and defend your support for the “Freedom of Choice Act” by holding in your hand a 21 week old fetus and explaining why this little one does not have the fundamental, moral, and constitutional right to life? Are you willing to say to parents in this church who lost a child at that age and held him in their hands, this being in your hands is not and was not a child with any rights of its own under God or under law?

Questions to ask a pro-choice legislator: 1. Are you willing to explain why a baby's right not to be killed is less important than a woman's right not to be pregnant? 2. Are you willing to explain why most cities have laws forbidding cruelty to animals, but you oppose laws forbidding cruelty to human fetuses? Are they not at least living animals? 3. Are you willing to explain why government is unwilling to take away the so-called right to abortion on demand even though it harms the unborn child; yet government is increasingly willing to take away the right to smoke, precisely because it harms innocent non-smokers, killing 3,000 non-smokers a year from cancer and as many as 40,000 non-smokers a year from other diseases? 4. And if you say that everything hangs on whether the fetus is a human child, are you willing to go before national television in the oval office and defend your support for the "Freedom of Choice Act" by holding in your hand a 21 week old fetus and explaining why this little one does not have the fundamental, moral, and constitutional right to life? Are you willing to say to parents in this church who lost a child at that age and held him in their hands, this being in your hands is not and was not a child with any rights of its own under God or under law?

Reference:  Being Pro-Life Christians Under a Pro-Choice President, Sermon: January 17, 1993, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
40.
If we were made to watch a doctor pull off the little baby’s legs and arms one by one and place them on the table like a dentist removing cotton from your mouth – if all Americans were made to see what it really is, the pro-life goal of abortion being unthinkable (not just illegal) would be much nearer.

If we were made to watch a doctor pull off the little baby’s legs and arms one by one and place them on the table like a dentist removing cotton from your mouth – if all Americans were made to see what it really is, the pro-life goal of abortion being unthinkable (not just illegal) would be much nearer.

Reference:  Abortion: The Innocent Blood of Our Sons and Daughters, Sermon: January 27, 2008, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
41.
The dismembering of a human being routinely in 30 minutes on an outpatient bases – or any other way – is barbaric. Four blocks from our church all year long – like churches within smelling distance of Auschwitz or Dachau or Buchenwald.

The dismembering of a human being routinely in 30 minutes on an outpatient bases – or any other way – is barbaric. Four blocks from our church all year long – like churches within smelling distance of Auschwitz or Dachau or Buchenwald.

Reference:  Love Your Unborn Neighbor, Sermon: January 22, 2006, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
42.
The law of our land today is that any abortion is legal in America until birth if the mother can give reason that the pregnancy or the child will be an excessive burden or stress on her well-being.  Since that ruling 14 years ago Thursday, about 20,000,000 babies have been aborted in America.

The law of our land today is that any abortion is legal in America until birth if the mother can give reason that the pregnancy or the child will be an excessive burden or stress on her well-being.  Since that ruling 14 years ago Thursday, about 20,000,000 babies have been aborted in America.

Reference:  Abortion: You Desire and Do Not Have So You Kill, Sermon: January 18, 1987, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
43.
You have to decide what those issues are for you. What do you think disqualifies a person from holding public office? I believe that the endorsement of the right to kill unborn children disqualifies a person from any position of public office. It’s simply the same as saying that the endorsement of racism, fraud, or bribery, would disqualify him – except that child-killing is more serious than those.

You have to decide what those issues are for you. What do you think disqualifies a person from holding public office? I believe that the endorsement of the right to kill unborn children disqualifies a person from any position of public office. It’s simply the same as saying that the endorsement of racism, fraud, or bribery, would disqualify him – except that child-killing is more serious than those.

Reference:  One-Issue Politics, One-Issue Marriage and the Humane Society, www.desiring God.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
44.
The abortion industry kills as many Black people every four days as the Klan killed in 150 years.

The abortion industry kills as many Black people every four days as the Klan killed in 150 years.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
45.
The formation of the life of a person in the womb is the work of God, and it is not merely a mechanical process but a work on the analogy of weaving or knitting: “Thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb” (psalm 139:13). The life of the unborn is the knitting of God, and what He is knitting is a human being in His own image, unlike any other creature in the universe… The destruction of conceived human life – whether embryonic, fetal, or viable – is an assault on the unique person-forming work of God.

The formation of the life of a person in the womb is the work of God, and it is not merely a mechanical process but a work on the analogy of weaving or knitting: “Thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb” (psalm 139:13). The life of the unborn is the knitting of God, and what He is knitting is a human being in His own image, unlike any other creature in the universe… The destruction of conceived human life – whether embryonic, fetal, or viable – is an assault on the unique person-forming work of God.

Reference:  Abortion: You Desire and Do Not Have So You Kill, Sermon: January 18, 1987, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
46.
James says, "You desire and do not have; so you kill" (Jas. 4:2). We kill marriages and we kill unborn babies because they cut across our desires; they stand in the way of our unencumbered self-enhancement. And we live in a culture where self-enhancement and self-advancement is god. And if self-enhancement is god, then the One who is at work in the womb shaping a person in His own image is not God and the assault on His work is not sacrilegious, but obedience to the god of self.

James says, "You desire and do not have; so you kill" (Jas. 4:2). We kill marriages and we kill unborn babies because they cut across our desires; they stand in the way of our unencumbered self-enhancement. And we live in a culture where self-enhancement and self-advancement is god. And if self-enhancement is god, then the One who is at work in the womb shaping a person in His own image is not God and the assault on His work is not sacrilegious, but obedience to the god of self.

Reference:  Abortion: You Desire and Do Not Have So You Kill, Sermon: January 18, 1987, www.DesiringGod.org. Used by Permission.


Author: John Piper
Topics: Abortion
47.
I agree with Raymond Johnston, the director of CARE Trust, when he wrote in a newspaper article: “I personally am convinced that the destruction of the unborn on this massive, deliberate scale is the greatest single offence regularly perpetrated in Britain today, and would be the first thing an Old Testament prophet redivivus [revived; back to life] would reproach us for.”

I agree with Raymond Johnston, the director of CARE Trust, when he wrote in a newspaper article: “I personally am convinced that the destruction of the unborn on this massive, deliberate scale is the greatest single offence regularly perpetrated in Britain today, and would be the first thing an Old Testament prophet redivivus [revived; back to life] would reproach us for.”

Reference:  Issues Facing Christians Today, Zondervan, 2006.


Author: John Stott
Topics: Abortion
48.
Imagine a boy in the backyard calling to his dad, “Hey Dad, can I kill this?” What does the dad need to know before he can answer his son’s question? Just one thing: what is it? If it’s a cockroach, the dad will cheer his son on. If it’s the neighbor’s cat, it’s another matter altogether! The application of this commonsensical principle is this: determining what is in the womb determines how you will treat what is in the womb.

Imagine a boy in the backyard calling to his dad, “Hey Dad, can I kill this?” What does the dad need to know before he can answer his son’s question? Just one thing: what is it? If it’s a cockroach, the dad will cheer his son on. If it’s the neighbor’s cat, it’s another matter altogether! The application of this commonsensical principle is this: determining what is in the womb determines how you will treat what is in the womb.

Reference:  Abortion by Justin Taylor taken from Don’t Call it a Comeback, edited by Kevin DeYoung, copyright 2011, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 180.


Author: Justin Taylor
Topics: Abortion
49.
Try thinking of…the acronym SLED and you’ll see [the evils of abortion] even more clearly: Size. How big you are doesn’t determine who you are. Level of development. How developed you are doesn’t determine who you are. Environment. Where you are doesn’t determine who you are. Degree of dependency. How dependent you are on another doesn’t determine who you  are… No amount of size or development or location or dependency makes you more human or less human than another.

Try thinking of…the acronym SLED and you’ll see [the evils of abortion] even more clearly: Size. How big you are doesn’t determine who you are. Level of development. How developed you are doesn’t determine who you are. Environment. Where you are doesn’t determine who you are. Degree of dependency. How dependent you are on another doesn’t determine who you are… No amount of size or development or location or dependency makes you more human or less human than another.

Reference:  Abortion by Justin Taylor taken from Don’t Call it a Comeback, edited by Kevin DeYoung, copyright 2011, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 183-184.


Author: Justin Taylor
Topics: Abortion
50.
Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper sticker or T-shirt that says, “Against abortion? Don’t have one.” It’s basically making the [point]: if you oppose abortion, good for you – don’t have one; but also don’t tell other people what they can and can’t do. I wonder why no one applies this to other issues: Against child abuse? Don’t do it. Against slavery? Don’t own one. Against rape? Don’t do it. The bumper sticker sounds compelling at first – until you stop and think about it.

Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper sticker or T-shirt that says, “Against abortion? Don’t have one.” It’s basically making the [point]: if you oppose abortion, good for you – don’t have one; but also don’t tell other people what they can and can’t do. I wonder why no one applies this to other issues: Against child abuse? Don’t do it. Against slavery? Don’t own one. Against rape? Don’t do it. The bumper sticker sounds compelling at first – until you stop and think about it.

Reference:  Abortion by Justin Taylor taken from Don’t Call it a Comeback, edited by Kevin DeYoung, copyright 2011, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 184-185.


Author: Justin Taylor
Topics: Abortion
51.
The issue is not “choice” per se; it’s the object of that choice that’s being debated. What we need to do is to encourage people to finish that sentence. “Women have a right to choose – what?” “An abortion.” “An abortion of what?” We need to move beyond euphemism to get to the heart of the matter: does anyone have the right to choose to kill an unborn human being? If so, why not logically also have the right to kill an already-born human being?

The issue is not “choice” per se; it’s the object of that choice that’s being debated. What we need to do is to encourage people to finish that sentence. “Women have a right to choose – what?” “An abortion.” “An abortion of what?” We need to move beyond euphemism to get to the heart of the matter: does anyone have the right to choose to kill an unborn human being? If so, why not logically also have the right to kill an already-born human being?

Reference:  Abortion by Justin Taylor taken from Don’t Call it a Comeback, edited by Kevin DeYoung, copyright 2011, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 185.


Author: Justin Taylor
Topics: Abortion
52.
“The issue is too complex; smart people disagree, and I don’t think I can say one way or the other whether abortion is the taking of a human life.” A response like this is a confession of ignorance, and that is welcome. But if we don’t know, shouldn’t we err on the side of life? If I’m on a hunting trip and see something moving behind a tree and can’t decide whether it’s a fellow human being or a buck, should we conclude that shooting is thereby permissible? If there’s even a chance that what’s in the womb is an innocent human being, then we cannot support killing it.

"The issue is too complex; smart people disagree, and I don’t think I can say one way or the other whether abortion is the taking of a human life." A response like this is a confession of ignorance, and that is welcome. But if we don’t know, shouldn’t we err on the side of life? If I’m on a hunting trip and see something moving behind a tree and can’t decide whether it’s a fellow human being or a buck, should we conclude that shooting is thereby permissible? If there’s even a chance that what’s in the womb is an innocent human being, then we cannot support killing it.

Reference:  Abortion by Justin Taylor taken from Don’t Call it a Comeback, edited by Kevin DeYoung, copyright 2011, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 185.


Author: Justin Taylor
Topics: Abortion
53.
Rape and incest are unfathomably wicked acts of violence and violation that deserve our moral revulsion against the perpetrator and our deepest compassion for the victim. And children are indeed conceived in a very small percentage of rape and incest cases. But this child, painful though the circumstances may be, has done nothing wrong, and perpetuating another act of violence against an innocent victim is not the solution. The fact remains that how someone was conceived does not determine who he or she is. We know this intuitively, given that no one would advocate killing a child already born based upon the way he or she was conceived. We should also remember that there are many couples who are willing and eager to adopt children in such a situation.

Rape and incest are unfathomably wicked acts of violence and violation that deserve our moral revulsion against the perpetrator and our deepest compassion for the victim. And children are indeed conceived in a very small percentage of rape and incest cases. But this child, painful though the circumstances may be, has done nothing wrong, and perpetuating another act of violence against an innocent victim is not the solution. The fact remains that how someone was conceived does not determine who he or she is. We know this intuitively, given that no one would advocate killing a child already born based upon the way he or she was conceived. We should also remember that there are many couples who are willing and eager to adopt children in such a situation.

Reference:  Abortion by Justin Taylor taken from Don’t Call it a Comeback, edited by Kevin DeYoung, copyright 2011, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 185.


Author: Justin Taylor
Topics: Abortion
54.
Abortion is not just an act of unjustified violence against a fellow human being (in fact, the smallest, weakest, most defenseless among us). It is an act of rebellious treason against our Maker (the greatest and most powerful person in the universe). In one act we simultaneously destroy the weak and dishonor the Almighty. If we take Jesus’ double love command seriously – to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves – we cannot be indifferent to abortion.

Abortion is not just an act of unjustified violence against a fellow human being (in fact, the smallest, weakest, most defenseless among us). It is an act of rebellious treason against our Maker (the greatest and most powerful person in the universe). In one act we simultaneously destroy the weak and dishonor the Almighty. If we take Jesus’ double love command seriously – to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves – we cannot be indifferent to abortion.

Reference:  Abortion by Justin Taylor taken from Don’t Call it a Comeback, edited by Kevin DeYoung, copyright 2011, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 188-189.


Author: Justin Taylor
Topics: Abortion
55.
Even if all the world were to combine forces, they could not bring about the conception of a single child in any woman’s womb nor cause it to be born; that is wholly the work of God.

Even if all the world were to combine forces, they could not bring about the conception of a single child in any woman's womb nor cause it to be born; that is wholly the work of God.

Reference:  Luther's Works, v. 7, p.  21.


Author: Martin Luther
Topics: Abortion
56.
Abortion – often referred to as the legal, systematic elimination of the most vulnerable members in our society – is one of the most heinous crimes known to man. I vehemently oppose it, and I ardently agree with the scriptural teaching regarding the origin of life at conception. My goal as a Christian has never been to force others to agree with me. Instead, my goal has been to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Abortion is a subject mentioned in political debates, but is primarily a subject found deep in the Word of God.

Abortion – often referred to as the legal, systematic elimination of the most vulnerable members in our society – is one of the most heinous crimes known to man. I vehemently oppose it, and I ardently agree with the scriptural teaching regarding the origin of life at conception. My goal as a Christian has never been to force others to agree with me. Instead, my goal has been to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Abortion is a subject mentioned in political debates, but is primarily a subject found deep in the Word of God.

Reference:  Excerpted Quote from Dr. Paul Chappell, Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and Editor of The Baptist Voice, November 2008. Used by Permission.


Author: Paul Chappell
Topics: Abortion
57.
[In the Bible] the word “child” or “babe” is significant. The Greek word used for the pre-born is the same as the born. God does not distinguish the soul of the pre-born from the soul of one who has been born. God sees both as souls – children – who He has created.

[In the Bible] the word “child” or “babe” is significant. The Greek word used for the pre-born is the same as the born. God does not distinguish the soul of the pre-born from the soul of one who has been born. God sees both as souls – children – who He has created.

Reference:  Excerpted Quote from Dr. Paul Chappell, Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and Editor of The Baptist Voice, November 2008. Used by Permission.


Author: Paul Chappell
Topics: Abortion
58.
Medieval authorities determine a person to be “alive” if there is either a detectable heartbeat or brain-wave activity. With that in mind, it is eye-opening to realize that unborn children have detectable heartbeats at two and one-half weeks and detectable brain-wave activity five and one-half weeks after conception. What is so shocking is that essentially one hundred percent of all abortions occur after the seventh week of pregnancy.

Medieval authorities determine a person to be “alive” if there is either a detectable heartbeat or brain-wave activity. With that in mind, it is eye-opening to realize that unborn children have detectable heartbeats at two and one-half weeks and detectable brain-wave activity five and one-half weeks after conception. What is so shocking is that essentially one hundred percent of all abortions occur after the seventh week of pregnancy.

Reference:  Excerpted Quote from Dr. Paul Chappell, Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and Editor of The Baptist Voice, November 2008. Used by Permission.


Author: Paul Chappell
Topics: Abortion
59.
Former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop said, “In thirty-five years of medicine I have never seen one case where abortion was necessary to save a mother’s life.”

Former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop said, “In thirty-five years of medicine I have never seen one case where abortion was necessary to save a mother's life.”

Reference:  Excerpted Quote from Dr. Paul Chappell, Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and Editor of The Baptist Voice, November 2008. Used by Permission.


Author: Paul Chappell
Topics: Abortion
60.
[Abortion is] the most serious ethical issue that the United States has ever faced.

[Abortion is] the most serious ethical issue that the United States has ever faced.      

Reference:  The Voice of the Church, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 26. Used by Permission.


Author: R.C. Sproul
Topics: Abortion
61.
From sacred Scripture [2 Sam. 12:1-15; 1 Ki. 21; Mt. 14], we see representatives of the church not trying to become the state but offering prophetic criticism to the state – despite the potential consequences. The church is not the state, but it is the conscience of the state, and it is a conscience that cannot afford to become seared and silent.

From sacred Scripture [2 Sam. 12:1-15; 1 Ki. 21; Mt. 14], we see representatives of the church not trying to become the state but offering prophetic criticism to the state – despite the potential consequences. The church is not the state, but it is the conscience of the state, and it is a conscience that cannot afford to become seared and silent.  

Reference:  The Voice of the Church, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 27. Used by Permission.


62.
The evangelical church’s chief strategies to end abortion have been to put pressure on abortion clinics and on elected officials. There is nothing wrong with these strategies; however, one strategy that has not been used or adopted widely is that of protesting those churches that support the ghastly murder of unborn babies. It is time for Christians to give prophetic criticism to the church, specifically to those churches that support abortion on demand or remain silent on this major issue…[and] when the church is silent in the midst of a holocaust, she ceases to be a real church.

The evangelical church’s chief strategies to end abortion have been to put pressure on abortion clinics and on elected officials. There is nothing wrong with these strategies; however, one strategy that has not been used or adopted widely is that of protesting those churches that support the ghastly murder of unborn babies. It is time for Christians to give prophetic criticism to the church, specifically to those churches that support abortion on demand or remain silent on this major issue…[and] when the church is silent in the midst of a holocaust, she ceases to be a real church.

Reference:  The Voice of the Church, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 27. Used by Permission.


Author: R.C. Sproul
Topics: Abortion
63.
Christians should be at abortion mills, all of them, every day. And we should not be silent. What we should be doing is proclaiming the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We should be imploring butchers, butchers’ assistants, boyfriends, grandmothers, pregnant moms to turn from their sin, to repent and throw themselves on the mercy of God in Christ. We should be pleading with the blind that they not further sear their consciences, and dance across the precipice of hell. We should be calling men to be men, to protect rather than murder their children.

Christians should be at abortion mills, all of them, every day. And we should not be silent. What we should be doing is proclaiming the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We should be imploring butchers, butchers’ assistants, boyfriends, grandmothers, pregnant moms to turn from their sin, to repent and throw themselves on the mercy of God in Christ. We should be pleading with the blind that they not further sear their consciences, and dance across the precipice of hell. We should be calling men to be men, to protect rather than murder their children.

Reference:  Ask RC: Should Christians protest at abortion mills? July 23, 2013, Used by Permission.


Author: R.C. Sproul Jr.
Topics: Abortion
64.
The great tragedy of the last thirty years is not ultimately that the heathen, those who the Bible tells us “love death,” are killing their children.

The great tragedy of the last thirty years is not ultimately that the heathen, those who the Bible tells us “love death,” are killing their children.

Reference:  War and Peace, January 21, 2003, www.visionforumministries.org, Used by Permission.


Author: R.C. Sproul Jr.
Topics: Abortion
65.
The Christian Right stands now at a crossroads. Our choices are these: Either we can play the game and enjoy the honor that comes from being players in the political arena, or we can become fools for Christ. Either we will ignore the silent screams of the unborn so that we might be heard, or we will identify with the suffering and speak for those who are silenced. In short, either we will speak for the least of these, or we will continue to sell our souls for a mess of political pottage.

The Christian Right stands now at a crossroads. Our choices are these: Either we can play the game and enjoy the honor that comes from being players in the political arena, or we can become fools for Christ. Either we will ignore the silent screams of the unborn so that we might be heard, or we will identify with the suffering and speak for those who are silenced. In short, either we will speak for the least of these, or we will continue to sell our souls for a mess of political pottage.

Reference:  War and Peace, January 21, 2003, www.visionforumministries.org, Used by Permission.


Author: R.C. Sproul Jr.
Topics: Abortion
66.
Psalm 139:13-16 paints a vivid picture of God’s intimate involvement with a preborn person. God created David’s “inward parts” not at birth, but before birth. David says to his Creator, “You knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (v. 13). Each person, regardless of his parentage or handicap, has not been manufactured on a cosmic assembly line, but personally formed by God. All the days of his life are planned out by God before any come to be (v. 16).

Psalm 139:13-16 paints a vivid picture of God’s intimate involvement with a preborn person. God created David’s “inward parts” not at birth, but before birth. David says to his Creator, “You knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (v. 13). Each person, regardless of his parentage or handicap, has not been manufactured on a cosmic assembly line, but personally formed by God. All the days of his life are planned out by God before any come to be (v. 16).  

Reference:  Abortion, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 23. Used by Permission.


Author: Randy Alcorn
Topics: Abortion
67.
All that was necessary to prohibit an abortion [in the Bible] was the command, “You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13). Every Israelite knew that the preborn child was a child. So do we, if we are honest. We all know a pregnant woman is “carrying a child.”

All that was necessary to prohibit an abortion [in the Bible] was the command, “You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13). Every Israelite knew that the preborn child was a child. So do we, if we are honest. We all know a pregnant woman is “carrying a child.”    

Reference:  Abortion, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 23. Used by Permission.


Author: Randy Alcorn
Topics: Abortion
68.
Like toddler and adolescent, the terms embryo and fetus do not refer to nonhumans but to humans at various stages of development. It is scientifically inaccurate to say a human embryo or a fetus is not a human being simply because he is at an earlier stage than an infant. This is like saying that a toddler is not a human being because he is not yet an adolescent. Does someone become more human as he gets bigger? If so, then adults are more human than children, and football players are more human than jockeys. Something nonhuman does not become human or more human by getting older or bigger; whatever is human is human from the beginning, or it can never be human at all. The right to live does not increase with age and size; otherwise, toddlers and adolescents have less right to live than adults.

Like toddler and adolescent, the terms embryo and fetus do not refer to nonhumans but to humans at various stages of development. It is scientifically inaccurate to say a human embryo or a fetus is not a human being simply because he is at an earlier stage than an infant. This is like saying that a toddler is not a human being because he is not yet an adolescent. Does someone become more human as he gets bigger? If so, then adults are more human than children, and football players are more human than jockeys. Something nonhuman does not become human or more human by getting older or bigger; whatever is human is human from the beginning, or it can never be human at all. The right to live does not increase with age and size; otherwise, toddlers and adolescents have less right to live than adults.

Reference:  Abortion, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 23. Used by Permission.


Author: Randy Alcorn
Topics: Abortion
69.
The comparison between babies’ rights and mothers’ rights is unequal. What is at stake in the vast majority of abortions is the mother’s lifestyle, as opposed to the baby’s life. In such cases, it is reasonable for society to expect an adult to live temporarily with an inconvenience if the only alternative is killing a child.

The comparison between babies’ rights and mothers’ rights is unequal. What is at stake in the vast majority of abortions is the mother’s lifestyle, as opposed to the baby’s life. In such cases, it is reasonable for society to expect an adult to live temporarily with an inconvenience if the only alternative is killing a child.

Reference:  Abortion, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 23. Used by Permission.


Author: Randy Alcorn
Topics: Abortion
70.
No child is a despicable “product of rape or incest” but God’s unique and wonderful image-bearing creation. Having and holding a child can do much more good for a victimized woman than the knowledge that a child died in an attempt to reduce her trauma.

No child is a despicable “product of rape or incest” but God’s unique and wonderful image-bearing creation. Having and holding a child can do much more good for a victimized woman than the knowledge that a child died in an attempt to reduce her trauma.      

Reference:  Abortion, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 24. Used by Permission.


Author: Randy Alcorn
Topics: Abortion
71.
In their book, Victims and Victors, David Reardon and associates draw on the accounts of 192 women who experienced pregnancy as the result of rape or incest. It turns out that when victims of violence speak for themselves, their opinion of abortion is nearly unanimous and the exact opposite of what most would predict: nearly all the women interviewed said they regretted aborting their babies conceived via rape or incest. Of those giving an opinion, more than 90 percent said they would discourage other victims of sexual violence from having abortions. Not one who gave birth to a child expressed regret.

In their book, Victims and Victors, David Reardon and associates draw on the accounts of 192 women who experienced pregnancy as the result of rape or incest. It turns out that when victims of violence speak for themselves, their opinion of abortion is nearly unanimous and the exact opposite of what most would predict: nearly all the women interviewed said they regretted aborting their babies conceived via rape or incest. Of those giving an opinion, more than 90 percent said they would discourage other victims of sexual violence from having abortions. Not one who gave birth to a child expressed regret.  

Reference:  Abortion, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 25. Used by Permission.


Author: Randy Alcorn
Topics: Abortion
72.
The biblical view of children is that they are a blessing and a gift from the Lord (Ps. 127:3–5). However, Western culture increasingly treats children as liabilities. We must learn to see all children as God does, and we must act toward them as He commands us to act. We must defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed; rescue the weak and needy; and deliver them from the wicked (Ps. 82:3–4).

The biblical view of children is that they are a blessing and a gift from the Lord (Ps. 127:3–5). However, Western culture increasingly treats children as liabilities. We must learn to see all children as God does, and we must act toward them as He commands us to act. We must defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed; rescue the weak and needy; and deliver them from the wicked (Ps. 82:3–4).      

Reference:  Abortion, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 25. Used by Permission.


Author: Randy Alcorn
Topics: Abortion
73.
Imposing capital punishment on the innocent child of a sex offender does nothing bad to the rapist and nothing good to the woman. Creating a second victim never undoes the damage to the first. Abortion does not bring healing to a rape victim.

Imposing capital punishment on the innocent child of a sex offender does nothing bad to the rapist and nothing good to the woman. Creating a second victim never undoes the damage to the first. Abortion does not bring healing to a rape victim.      

Reference:  Abortion, April 2013, Tabletalk, p. 25. Used by Permission.


Author: Randy Smith
Topics: Abortion
74.
Less than half of 1% of all abortions are for rape. As horrible and devastating as rape is, I do not believe it justifies abortion.

1. It is not morally right to punish the child for the sin of his/her father.

2. While rape is an act of violence against the mother, so too is abortion.

3. It is never right to commit murder to alleviate suffering. It is not right to require the child to forfeit life in order to ameliorate the mother’s pain.

4. A child conceived by rape is no less human, no less a person with dignity and value, than a child conceived in love. Nowhere in Scripture is a person’s right to life conditional on how one’s life began.

Less than half of 1% of all abortions are for rape. As horrible and devastating as rape is, I do not believe it justifies abortion. 1. It is not morally right to punish the child for the sin of his/her father. 2. While rape is an act of violence against the mother, so too is abortion. 3. It is never right to commit murder to alleviate suffering. It is not right to require the child to forfeit life in order to ameliorate the mother’s pain. 4. A child conceived by rape is no less human, no less a person with dignity and value, than a child conceived in love. Nowhere in Scripture is a person's right to life conditional on how one’s life began.

Reference:  Abortion, November 6, 2006, www.enjoyinggodministries.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Sam Storms
Topics: Abortion
75.
That which distinguishes man from the animal kingdom is the imago Dei, the image of God. The image of God has traditionally been identified with such things as rationality, self-consciousness, the exercise of dominion, and moral conscience. However, we must be careful in defining the image of God in wholly functional terms. The image of God is as much a state as it is a capacity. The image is not to be conceived as an end in a process whereby an unborn entity progresses into personhood. The image is a given, not a goal to which the fetus moves in its physiological development. No one denies that the fetus develops. But this development is not from non-person to part-person to full-person, but rather from full-person to the consummate expression and experience of all that personhood entails.

That which distinguishes man from the animal kingdom is the imago Dei, the image of God. The image of God has traditionally been identified with such things as rationality, self-consciousness, the exercise of dominion, and moral conscience. However, we must be careful in defining the image of God in wholly functional terms. The image of God is as much a state as it is a capacity. The image is not to be conceived as an end in a process whereby an unborn entity progresses into personhood. The image is a given, not a goal to which the fetus moves in its physiological development. No one denies that the fetus develops. But this development is not from non-person to part-person to full-person, but rather from full-person to the consummate expression and experience of all that personhood entails.

Reference:  Abortion, November 6, 2006, www.enjoyinggodministries.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Sam Storms
76.
In our case, murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to the birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in the seed.

In our case, murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to the birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in the seed.

Reference:  Apology, 9.6, 197.


Author: Tertullian
Topics: Abortion
77.
If it isn’t a baby, then you aren’t pregnant, so what are you aborting?

If it isn't a baby, then you aren’t pregnant, so what are you aborting?


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
78.
Since God compels believers to care for children whose parents have been killed (orphans – Jas. 1:27), wouldn’t He also compel us to care for children whose parents want to kill them? Whereas the orphan is bereft because his parents are dead, the unborn child on the way to the abortion clinic is bereft because his parents want him dead, and that’s a worse condition to be in. By reasoning from the lesser to the greater, we can be fairly certain that God’s concern for orphans also mandates concern for unborn children.

Since God compels believers to care for children whose parents have been killed (orphans – Jas. 1:27), wouldn't He also compel us to care for children whose parents want to kill them? Whereas the orphan is bereft because his parents are dead, the unborn child on the way to the abortion clinic is bereft because his parents want him dead, and that's a worse condition to be in. By reasoning from the lesser to the greater, we can be fairly certain that God's concern for orphans also mandates concern for unborn children.

Reference:  www.Abort73.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
79.
We must not become so "spiritual" in our Christian life that we forget about meeting physical needs, and we must not become so "worldly" in meeting those needs that we lose sight of God’s ultimate design. Or, to say it in specifically "pro-life" terms, we must not become so "spiritual" in our Christian life that we write off the daily slaughter of 4,000 innocent human beings as a political issue (beyond our jurisdiction), and we must not become so "worldly" in intervening for them that we lose sight of the bigger picture (reconciling people to Christ through holiness and love). This balance is the essence of pure and undefiled religion.

We must not become so "spiritual" in our Christian life that we forget about meeting physical needs, and we must not become so "worldly" in meeting those needs that we lose sight of God's ultimate design. Or, to say it in specifically "pro-life" terms, we must not become so "spiritual" in our Christian life that we write off the daily slaughter of 4,000 innocent human beings as a political issue (beyond our jurisdiction), and we must not become so "worldly" in intervening for them that we lose sight of the bigger picture (reconciling people to Christ through holiness and love). This balance is the essence of pure and undefiled religion.

Reference:  www.Abort73.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
80.
Christ is calling His followers not to the mere theoretical opposition of injustice, but rather to the real and practical (and often painful) ministry of meeting physical needs in a dying world. The gospel life is not merely about right thinking, it is far more about right… What good is it if you say you’re opposed to abortion, and yet you are not doing anything to actually help those who are dying?

Christ is calling His followers not to the mere theoretical opposition of injustice, but rather to the real and practical (and often painful) ministry of meeting physical needs in a dying world. The gospel life is not merely about right thinking, it is far more about right… What good is it if you say you're opposed to abortion, and yet you are not doing anything to actually help those who are dying?

Reference:  www.Abort73.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
81.
Those who have been rescued unto salvation are far more accountable to God than those who remain mired in blindness and unbelief. When history looks back, someday, on the massive bloodshed of abortion, could the same indictment (of silent Christians in Nazi Germany) be said of us? In the end, unmanisfested opposition towards injustice is nothing more than masked complicity.

Those who have been rescued unto salvation are far more accountable to God than those who remain mired in blindness and unbelief. When history looks back, someday, on the massive bloodshed of abortion, could the same indictment (of silent Christians in Nazi Germany) be said of us? In the end, unmanisfested opposition towards injustice is nothing more than masked complicity.

Reference:  www.Abort73.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
82.
Is the unborn baby a human being?
1. YES! The unborn baby is alive from the moment of fertilization.
2. YES! The unborn baby has a heartbeat at three weeks and brain waves at six weeks.
3. YES! The unborn baby is complete! He or she is programmed from the inside for an ongoing process of growth and development.
4. YES! The unborn baby has 46 chromosomes in the cells of his or her body – the scientifically verifiable human genetic code.
5. YES! The answer is clear… You were you from the moment of fertilization – a unique human being never to be repeated in all of history. 
Nothing magical occurs at birth which suddenly makes an unborn baby human. The baby is the same baby, whether inside or outside the uterus. Every unborn baby is a complete, individual, living human being from the earliest moment of his or her existence at fertilization.

Is the unborn baby a human being? 1. YES! The unborn baby is alive from the moment of fertilization. 2. YES! The unborn baby has a heartbeat at three weeks and brain waves at six weeks. 3. YES! The unborn baby is complete! He or she is programmed from the inside for an ongoing process of growth and development. 4. YES! The unborn baby has 46 chromosomes in the cells of his or her body – the scientifically verifiable human genetic code. 5. YES! The answer is clear... You were you from the moment of fertilization – a unique human being never to be repeated in all of history. Nothing magical occurs at birth which suddenly makes an unborn baby human. The baby is the same baby, whether inside or outside the uterus. Every unborn baby is a complete, individual, living human being from the earliest moment of his or her existence at fertilization.

Reference:  Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, www.mccl.org. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
83.
You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.

You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.

Reference:  The Didache


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
84.
Many wonderful and godly saints have suggested that evangelism is the best and only hope for changing people’s minds about abortion. Merely changing someone’s mind about abortion (without getting them saved), they argue, does no good in the long run. "They will simply go to hell as a more moral person." While this is true as it applies to the parent, such reasoning wholly neglects the person whose life hangs in the balance, and for this reason, such logic is faulty… If we only rely on evangelism as a means of changing people’s minds and behavior concerning abortion, then all those people who do not repent and believe (which is the vast majority) will continue to kill their children en masse. If, however, we also educate young people about what abortion actually is and who unborn humans actually are, then they will be far less likely to abort their children, even if they ultimately reject salvation. The external morality which results will not make a difference for their souls on the Day of Judgment, but it will make a HUGE difference in the lives of their children, children who would have otherwise been destroyed.

Many wonderful and godly saints have suggested that evangelism is the best and only hope for changing people's minds about abortion. Merely changing someone's mind about abortion (without getting them saved), they argue, does no good in the long run. "They will simply go to hell as a more moral person." While this is true as it applies to the parent, such reasoning wholly neglects the person whose life hangs in the balance, and for this reason, such logic is faulty… If we only rely on evangelism as a means of changing people's minds and behavior concerning abortion, then all those people who do not repent and believe (which is the vast majority) will continue to kill their children en masse. If, however, we also educate young people about what abortion actually is and who unborn humans actually are, then they will be far less likely to abort their children, even if they ultimately reject salvation. The external morality which results will not make a difference for their souls on the Day of Judgment, but it will make a HUGE difference in the lives of their children, children who would have otherwise been destroyed.

Reference:  www.Abort73.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
85.
Eleven years ago while giving an anesthetic for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy (at two months gestation) I was handed what I believed was the smallest living human ever seen… Within the sac was a tiny human male swimming extremely vigorously in the amniotic fluid . . . This tiny human was perfectly developed, with long, tapering fingers, feet and toes. It was almost transparent, as regards to the skin, and the delicate arteries and veins were prominent to the ends of the fingers.  The baby was extremely alive and swam about the sac approximately one time per second, with a natural swimmer’s stroke.  It is my opinion that if the lawmakers, and people realized that very vigorous life is present it is possible that abortion would be found more objectionable than euthanasia.

Eleven years ago while giving an anesthetic for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy (at two months gestation) I was handed what I believed was the smallest living human ever seen… Within the sac was a tiny human male swimming extremely vigorously in the amniotic fluid . . . This tiny human was perfectly developed, with long, tapering fingers, feet and toes. It was almost transparent, as regards to the skin, and the delicate arteries and veins were prominent to the ends of the fingers. The baby was extremely alive and swam about the sac approximately one time per second, with a natural swimmer's stroke. It is my opinion that if the lawmakers, and people realized that very vigorous life is present it is possible that abortion would be found more objectionable than euthanasia.

Reference:  Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, www.mccl.org. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
86.
Christians are differentiated from other people by country, language, or customs. They do not live in cities of their own or speak some strange dialect. They live in their own native lands, but as resident aliens. They marry and have children just like everyone else, but they do not kill unwanted babies.

Christians are differentiated from other people by country, language, or customs. They do not live in cities of their own or speak some strange dialect. They live in their own native lands, but as resident aliens. They marry and have children just like everyone else, but they do not kill unwanted babies.

Reference:  Epistle to Diognetus


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
87.
The vast majority of unsaved Americans do not need convincing that child-killing is wretched and immoral. What they do need convincing of is that abortion is child killing. Likewise, the vast majority of unsaved Americans do not need convincing that it is wrong to tear people’s arms and legs and heads off, but they do need convincing that abortion does just that, four thousand times a day in this country. Thank God that so many of the people who reject Him as Creator and Saviour still have enough of His law written on their heart to govern their actions and inform their morality (at least as it applies to murder). What this means for us is that the major obstacle keeping most people on the "pro-choice" side is not so much moral as educational. We are not trying to preach them into a "new" morality, we are educating them towards a more consistent application of the morality they already have in place (one that condemns killing innocent people).

The vast majority of unsaved Americans do not need convincing that child-killing is wretched and immoral. What they do need convincing of is that abortion is child killing. Likewise, the vast majority of unsaved Americans do not need convincing that it is wrong to tear people's arms and legs and heads off, but they do need convincing that abortion does just that, four thousand times a day in this country. Thank God that so many of the people who reject Him as Creator and Saviour still have enough of His law written on their heart to govern their actions and inform their morality (at least as it applies to murder). What this means for us is that the major obstacle keeping most people on the "pro-choice" side is not so much moral as educational. We are not trying to preach them into a "new" morality, we are educating them towards a more consistent application of the morality they already have in place (one that condemns killing innocent people).

Reference:  www.Abort73.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
88.
Physical and Psychological Effects of Abortion: 
1. More than 100 physical complications have been associated with abortion. Immediate physical effects include: infection, hemorrhage, cervical damage, damage to other internal organs, perforation of the uterus, abdominal pain, menstrual irregularity, headaches, dizziness, and blood clots. In some cases, today’s so-called “safe-legal” abortions can result in death.
2. Long-term physical effects include: sterility, stillbirth, miscarriage of further children, and premature births of subsequent children, (which can lead to many complication in newborns.)
3. Secondary health problems associated with abortion are now being studied. Abortion can lead to an increase in substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.), which has many well-known negative health consequences.
4. Many women suffer from psychological aftereffects of abortion. These complications are called post-abortion syndrome, or PAS.
5. Some of the behavior which mark PAS are: recurrent memories, dreams and repetitions of the abortion experience; avoidance of emotional attachment; relationship problems; sleep disturbances; guilt about surviving when the unborn child died; memory impairment; hostile outbursts; suicidal thoughts or actions and substance abuse.
6. Some women begin to suffer from PAS right after their abortions; for others. The symptoms may not begin to appear from many months of years after the abortion. Often, a major life event, such as the birth of another child, can trigger PAS in a woman.
7. The negative psychological effects of abortion can also be seen in fathers, grandparents and siblings. Even medical personnel involved in the abortion industry have reported that they suffered from negative effects.

Physical and Psychological Effects of Abortion: 1. More than 100 physical complications have been associated with abortion. Immediate physical effects include: infection, hemorrhage, cervical damage, damage to other internal organs, perforation of the uterus, abdominal pain, menstrual irregularity, headaches, dizziness, and blood clots. In some cases, today's so-called "safe-legal" abortions can result in death. 2. Long-term physical effects include: sterility, stillbirth, miscarriage of further children, and premature births of subsequent children, (which can lead to many complication in newborns.) 3. Secondary health problems associated with abortion are now being studied. Abortion can lead to an increase in substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.), which has many well-known negative health consequences. 4. Many women suffer from psychological aftereffects of abortion. These complications are called post-abortion syndrome, or PAS. 5. Some of the behavior which mark PAS are: recurrent memories, dreams and repetitions of the abortion experience; avoidance of emotional attachment; relationship problems; sleep disturbances; guilt about surviving when the unborn child died; memory impairment; hostile outbursts; suicidal thoughts or actions and substance abuse. 6. Some women begin to suffer from PAS right after their abortions; for others. The symptoms may not begin to appear from many months of years after the abortion. Often, a major life event, such as the birth of another child, can trigger PAS in a woman. 7. The negative psychological effects of abortion can also be seen in fathers, grandparents and siblings. Even medical personnel involved in the abortion industry have reported that they suffered from negative effects.

Reference:  Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, www.mccl.org. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
89.
Abortion persists in this country because it is masked and hidden and ignored. Even its most ardent supporters rarely use the term. Child-killing is called choice, pro-abortion marches are renamed for "women’s freedom", and every effort is made to ensure that the procedure itself is never debated. Abortion is legal in America not because of legislation, but because of judicial decree, because it slithered through the back door. It has never had to stand the test of full-disclosure, nor could it.

Abortion persists in this country because it is masked and hidden and ignored. Even its most ardent supporters rarely use the term. Child-killing is called choice, pro-abortion marches are renamed for "women's freedom", and every effort is made to ensure that the procedure itself is never debated. Abortion is legal in America not because of legislation, but because of judicial decree, because it slithered through the back door. It has never had to stand the test of full-disclosure, nor could it.

Reference:  www.Abort73.com. Used by Permission.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
90.
What reassurance for anyone who regrets a past abortion: Through Jesus’ sacrifice we can find peace and forgiveness. And are the rest of us any different? Let’s be like the man who “beat upon his chest in sorrow, exclaiming, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner’ and not like the judgmental Pharisee who prayed this prayer: ‘Thank God, I am not a sinner like everyone else!'” Jesus said that this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home forgiven! Luke 18.

What reassurance for anyone who regrets a past abortion: Through Jesus' sacrifice we can find peace and forgiveness. And are the rest of us any different? Let's be like the man who "beat upon his chest in sorrow, exclaiming, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner' and not like the judgmental Pharisee who prayed this prayer: 'Thank God, I am not a sinner like everyone else!'" Jesus said that this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home forgiven! Luke 18.

Reference:  I Am Pro-Life, April 14, 2014.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion
91.
Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.

Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.


Author: Unknown Author
Topics: Abortion