A generalized question has been asked of me from time to time on where I stand with abortion, and it always comes down to one final situational question: What if there is a risk of the mother dying? This is my response to that and view on abortion as a whole, and by no means do I think of anyone differently if you have a differing opinion, but my stance begins and ends with what the Word teaches us. This is one of those topics that certainly are not fun to talk about, but even the difficult questions must be answered in ministry.
First, let’s remember that this situation is the reason behind less than one-tenth of one percent of the abortions done in the world today.
Second, let’s remember that God is a God of miracles. He can preserve the life of a mother and her child despite all the medical odds being against it.
Third, even in the small percentage of abortions that are done to save the life of the mother, in most cases, an early induced delivery of the baby or a C-section is what is necessary rather than an abortion. This may still result in the death of the baby, but it is extremely rare that a baby must be actively aborted in order to save the life of the mother. Generally, doctors say that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother.
Ultimately, though, if the life of the mother is genuinely at risk, a decision like this can only be decided between a woman, her doctor, oftentimes the father of the child, and God. Any woman facing this extremely difficult situation should pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) as to what He would have her do.
James 1:5: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
For those who have had an abortion, remember that the sin of abortion is no less forgivable than any other sin. This includes theft, homosexuality, adultery, murder - the whole list. Through faith in Christ, all sins can be forgiven (John 3:16; Romans 8:1; Colossians 1:14). A woman who has had an abortion, a man who has encouraged an abortion—or even a doctor who has performed one—can all be forgiven by faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Statistically, about 98 percent of the abortions performed today involve women who simply do not want to have the baby (CDC). Less than two percent of abortions are for the reasons of rape, incest, or the mother’s life is at risk (CDC). Thankfully, it would appear that abortion rates have decreased over the last 2 decades, in the US at least, down by hundreds of thousands, according to the CDC data charts.
However, their data should not be treated as an exact count of abortions. California, Maryland, and New Hampshire have never provided data to their reporting process and so are excluded from the CDC’s count — meaning that the real total of abortions is likely higher. Other states have also periodically chosen not to submit reports over the years, and not all contributing states opt to collect or provide the same level of detail about about abortions in their area. Because of this, breakdowns may use only a smaller subset of the data that meets reporting standards - so it very much likely is worse than what they are showing, but possibly still less overall, which is at least something to be thankful for.
Genesis 9:6 (ESV): “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
Ultimately, and likely due to the time it was written and abortion basically being impossible unless caused by physical trauma - the Bible never specifically addresses the issue of abortion.
However, as we have learned, there are numerous teachings in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion is.
Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb:
Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV): “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Psalm 139:13-16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb:
Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV): For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Exodus 21:22-25 prescribes the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder:
Exodus 21:22–25 (ESV): “When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
This clearly indicates that God considers a baby in the womb to be just as much of a human being as a full-grown adult.
For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose - it is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6). And when you put aside your thoughts, emotions, and politics, and actually research the statistics on abortion and the reasons behind it and talk to doctors and medical professionals alike, you come to understand a stark realization that abortion really is not needed nor should it be permissible. This is where I stand on it.