What Does The Bible Say About Abortion?

Name: Patty
Question: My understanding about sin is that every sin can be forgiven by God except murder, this is a unforgiving sin. What should a person do that has had to make a decision to abort a child? Will that person never be forgiven?

Answer: Thank you for the question Patty.

We are going to learn, a woman who has had an abortion can repent and be forgiven by God.

Further, God states the death penalty can be applied for three sins; murder, rape, and homosexual acts, (Deut 22:25, Lev 24:17, 20:13). None of these sins are the unforgivable sin, you can read about that in Mark 3:29-30.

Is Abortion A Sin?

Today, we commonly hear the phrase “my body, my choice” to justify abortion.

Yet, there is no justification for the murder of the innocent. One of the seven deadly sins are “hands that shed innocent blood”, (Proverbs 6:17). Destroying an unborn child is shedding innocent blood. A baby is an innocent life, a baby is flesh and blood.

That means abortion is a sin.

When a child is conceived, a man and a woman made a “choice” to have sex. They know full well that sex was designed by our Creator to bring forward life. Therefore, it is their responsibility and duty to take care of the child which is a gift from God, (Psalms 127:3).

The womb of our mother was never intended to be our grave, (Jeremiah 20:17). A woman’s womb brings forward life, it should never be the place to bring about death through murder.

The fact of the matter is, the child inside the womb has a right to life just as you and I do.

The Actual Reasons For Abortion

Though society may justify murder through abortion, it is not justified by God. While we are continually reminded about cases of rape and incest, we should understand, rape accounts for just 1% of abortions, while incest makes up less than 0.5%.

It would surprise most people to learn the most common reasons for abortion are:

  • 74% -  Having a baby would dramatically change my life.
  • 73% - Can’t afford a baby now.
  • 48% - Don’t want to be a single mother or having relationship problems.

These are the actual reasons women cited to abort their baby, (Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions). Notice, these women acknowledge they murdered “a baby”.

Overwhelmingly, these women found it justifiable to murder an innocent child as it was inconvenient, and would be a financial setback.

Does God Forgive Abortion?

Scripture has revealed, abortion is murder. Yet, for women who have had an abortion, please know God forgives murder through repentance, (Isaiah 1:18, Acts 3:19).

I want to provide you an example so you can be assured that murder can be forgiven.

In 2 Samuel 11:14-17, we learn that King David sent Uriah to the front lines of an intense battle to ensure he would perish. David did this so he could have Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba.

The prophet Nathan rebuked David for this great sin.

2 Samuel 12:9
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

It is clear, David not only murdered a man, but he did it with the purpose to take Uriah’s wife.

However, we know that David repented.

Psalms 51:1-3, 10
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

David acknowledged his sin before God, and asked to be forgiven. Through David’s great sin comes a great example of how we are forgiven of such sins.

I want you to understand that David was forgiven by God. In fact, David was even called a man after God’s own heart, who would fulfill all of His will, (Acts 13:22).

Listen to God’s Word.

1 Kings 15:4-5
4 Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

Forgiveness For Abortion

This conclusively proves, abortion which is murder can be forgiven. One must acknowledge their sin before God, and ask Him for forgiveness.

To those women who have aborted their child, take David’s example, repent, and be forgiven.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1:18

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