Is Abortion Wrong? Yes, and Hereís Why.
1. Medical science has clearly demonstrated
that human life begins at conception. As soon as the DNA from the
motherís egg and fatherís sperm unite, a new human life begins. All
of the genetic information which describes what that child will look
like is already there. From that moment on, a new human being is alive
and growing. Clearly, to abort that child, would be to take a human
2. If you even think that your baby might be
a human being, then it would be wrong to have an abortion.
What if a deer hunter heard something rustling
behind a bush, and shot at it without knowing if it was a deer or a
person? Would that be right? Of course not.
Even President Obama, who has tragically
promoted abortion more than any other president in American history,
said that he did not know exactly when an preborn baby becomes a person.
When asked by Pastor Rick Warren at what point a baby gets "human
rights," (i.e., should be considered a person under the law) he answered, "Öwhether youíre looking at it from
a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that
question with specificityÖis above my pay grade."
If President Obama doesnít know the answer
to the question, then by promoting abortion, isnít he just like a
hunter shooting at something without knowing whether or not it is a
person or a deer? Since that is the case, it is clearly not only
irresponsible, but immoral for him to be promoting abortion.
3. The Bible clearly indicates that God
considers your baby to be a human being and a person. Since this is the
case, to abort your baby would be to break the tenth commandment:
"Thou shalt not kill." How do we know that God considers
your baby to be a person with the same rights as any other human being? Because of the following
men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth
prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined
whatever the womanís husband demands and the court allows. But if
there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye,
tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for
wound, bruise for bruise."
Notice that God worded this command in such a
way as to protect both the mother and the child, in case either of them
was hurt. This verse clearly shows us that God regards a preborn baby to
be a human being and a person. Not only that, but He considers the life
and health of the baby to be just as important as that of the person who
injured the child. If the mother or baby died as a result of the manís
careless action, then his life was to be taken too. If the mother or
baby lost a hand as a result of the manís recklessness, then the manís
hand was to be cut off. Why? God considered the preborn babyís life to
be just as important as that of the man who hurt him or her.
formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
God is all-knowing. He knows the future. He
knew that your baby would be conceived long before it ever happened, and
already has made plans for your baby. Before your baby was conceived,
God already determined your childís sex, eye color, hair color,
complexion, talents and abilities. Your baby is not a part of you, or a
lump of tissue, like a tumor that it is okay to cut out. Your baby is a
unique individual, distinct from you. Your baby has his or her own
genetic code that is different from yours. Yes, your baby is a unique
person who was designed and planned by God before conception. If you
were to abort your baby, you would ruin Godís plans for his or her
God planned that Jeremiah would be an
important prophet before he was ever born. Who knows what plans God has
for your baby? Consider the following people, for instance, who were
born out of wedlock:
Confucius: His mother was a young girl,
and his father was a military commander. Confucius brought great moral
teachings to the Chinese people that are also found in the Bible.
Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, he gave the Chinese people a
teaching very similar to the Golden Rule that Jesus was to later gave
us. It is often called the Silver Rule: Donít do anything to
someone that you would not want done to you. The moral teachings
of Confucius enabled many people to live happier lives, and helped to
civilize China. What if Confuciusí mother had taken herbs to abort
her baby? Think of how much more awful things would have been for the
Chinese people if that had happened!
Thomas Paine: He is called "the
father of the American Revolution" because of his books and
pamphlets which advocated independence from Britain. His words greatly
inspired the American people on to victory.
Alexander Hamilton: He was one of the
great leaders of the American Revolution and became U.S. Secretary of
Who knows what Godís plans are for your
baby? Perhaps your baby will become a great leader like Confucius,
Thomas Paine, or Alexander Hamilton. Perhaps he will be a heroic soldier
who will save the lives of many people in battle. Maybe your baby will
be a singer with a lovely voice that will delight countless people.
Your baby could become a scientist who will find a cure for a deadly
form of cancer. Your baby might be a loving wife and mother who will
make a man and some children very happy.
And just think of how much babies enrich our
lives! Just one sweet smile from your baby while standing in line at the supermarket
could make some lonely elderly personís day. And, of course, your baby
will bring so much joy to your life!
But if you abort your baby, it will ruin Godís
wonderful plans for your child. You will never know how many lives that
child would have touched and enriched. The world may be a much sadder
place without your child!
"For he will be
great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and
he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his motherís womb."
Elizabeth heard Maryís greeting, the baby leaped in her wombÖ."
John the Baptist was filled with the Holy
Spirit while he was still in his motherís womb. Clearly, this could
not have happened if he was not a person, could it? Just like him, your
baby is also a person, capable of joy and emotions, even while in the
Objections, and Answers
you have convinced me that abortion is wrong. But I am not married, and
I am afraid of how my parents and my friends will react when they find
out I am pregnant. What should I do?
Whatever you do, if you believe that abortion is wrong, donít
go for advice to someone who thinks, or who might think that abortion is
okay. All that person will do is encourage you to do something you will
regret and feel guilty about for the rest of your life. Instead, go to
someone who believes just as you do, that abortion is wrong. That person
will be much more likely to give you the support and encouragement you
need. In particular, we encourage you to call a crisis pregnancy center.
They are staffed by loving, caring people who want to help you and your
baby. They will give you advice on how to best tell your parents. They
will help you afford to pay for your babyís prenatal care and birth.
They will also help you with your needs after the baby is born.
Go to http://www.covenantnews.com/pregnant/
for a list of crisis pregnancy centers.
I already have one or more children and
I just donít know if I can handle the burden of raising another. Plus,
I donít know if I can love another child as much.
Being parents of seven children, we can tell you from experience
that the joy and enrichment a child brings outweigh the extra work or
"burden" they may be. We have found that our capacity to love
has increased with each child; God gives you more love. Our life would
seem so much more empty without any of our children. Each one of
them has brought us so much joy!
I know that I cannot be a responsible parent yet. I am too young,
or my life is simply too messed up!
Please consider adoption. Many young mothers say, "I just
donít think that I could give up my baby for adoption," and then
proceed to abort their babies! What a selfish thing to do! That is
definitely putting yourself above your baby. Let your baby live! Give
your baby the opportunity to live a full and happy life with an adoptive
mother and father who can give your child all the love and support he or
she needs. There are many couples out there who would make wonderful
parents, but simply are unable to have children. You could make that
couple and your baby very happy by permitting them to adopt. That would
be a wonderful, selfless thing for you to do. If you will contact one of
the crisis pregnancy centers in the link above, they can help you with
your pregnancy, and help you to place your baby for adoption with loving
I have a baby it will mess up my career plans.
Being a mother is much more fulfilling and satisfying than any career
When it comes down to it, which is more
important? Your child or your career? An old and very true saying is
"people are more important than things." We regard anyone who
considers things to be more important than people as a
Is it right to kill a person so that you can have
a thing? Of course not! That is one of the most selfish things
anyone could ever do.
When you die, you will
leave a legacy. A legacy is "something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past,"
want the legacy that you bequeath to those around you to be,
"Love your children." or "Sacrifice
your children on the altar of your career."?
We encourage you to do the right thing, the selfless
thing, and love your baby more than you love your career, which is only
I am being pressured by
someone to have an abortion.
Don't do it! If you compromise your convictions and abort your
baby, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Stand your
ground. It is more important for you to obey God, than to obey man.
Pray to God for courage and strength. He will give it to you. Call a crisis pregnancy center
from the link above, and they will help you and encourage you. If
someone is threatening to harm you if you keep your baby, don't
hesitate to call the police to protect yourself.
As an assistant
pastor, I and my wife once visited a young mother in the hospital who
was being strongly pressured by doctors and nurses to have an
abortion, because she had such severe nausea during her pregnancy that
she had to be hospitalized and placed on an IV. They told her that her
baby would probably not be healthy because of malnourishment. We encouraged
her to stand her ground, and prayed for her and the baby. She did stand
her ground, and guess what? Her baby was born perfectly healthy!
I was raped.
Was your baby the one who committed the rape? Why punish an innocent little
baby for what his or her father did? Your baby cannot help how he or she
was conceived. The father is guilty, so it is the father who should be
punished, not the baby. God can bring good (your baby) out of even
One rape victim who had an
abortion said: "Now, nearly five years removed from the decision to have my abortion, I can say with some certainty that I regret it to the fullest extent possible. My heart hurts deeply with the wounds that came from my assault. But the pain of knowing that I will never meet my child hurts more deeply. While I continue to wonder how I could have coped with having a baby from rape, I know that killing him did nothing to heal my pain."
You may read more of her story at http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/24/abortion-after-my-rape-just-added-to-my-pain-guilt/.
If you feel that you simply
cannot raise the child, then please, give the baby up for adoption.
- Rusty & Julie Entrekin
Rusty Entrekin is a theology graduate of
Louisiana College. He and his wife Julie have seven children, with four still at
home, and four grandchildren. Currently, he resides in Kennesaw, GA. He writes
apologetic and theological articles to help people come to know Christ and grow
closer to the Lord.