An unforgetable decision: Abortion

Reflecting this perspective, many countries around the world permit abortion.  Yet there is also much dissent over this supposedly enlightened practice.

In the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 a decision sparked a huge controversy.   No issue since slavery has so divided the people of the United States.   The two opposing views on this issue are generally called “pro-life,” meaning those who support the rights of the unborn, and “pro-choice,” for those who say a woman should have control over her own body, even if it means terminating the life of the unborn.                               

Many who favor allowing abortion have argued that abortions should be safe, legal and rare.   Yet statistics show they are anything but rare. In the United States alone, some 3,700 babies are aborted every day, amounting to over 1.3 million per year and more than 45 million since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision.  Statistics also say that 93 percent of abortions occur not because of serious potential health problems or rape or incest (a primary reason “pro-choice” advocates give for abortion), but because of social factors. The child is either unwanted or inconvenient.                                                    

They didn’t want a child at this point in their lives, so they simply chose to eliminate the problem.   What about cases of rape or when the mother’s health is in danger? Are abortions appropriate in these cases?  These questions illustrate how controversial this subject has become in today’s society.

God’s Law

Exodus 21:22Exodus 21:22
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

22 »Si algunos riñen y hieren a una mujer embarazada, y esta aborta, pero sin causarle ningún otro daño, serán penados conforme a lo que les imponga el marido de la mujer y juzguen los jueces.

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: “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely … he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.”

For the ancient, Israelites, what was the penalty for accidentally causing the “termination” of a pregnancy?

What does this judgment reveal about God’s desire to protect pre-born children?

How does this situation compare and contrast with abortion?

Exodus 20:13Exodus 20:13
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

13 »No matarás.ñ

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: “You shall not murder.”             

Do you think this commandment applies to unborn human beings? Why? 

Are other commandments broken by choosing to have an abortion? If so, which one(s)?

Mark 9:42Mark 9:42
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

Ocasiones de caer 42 A cualquiera que haga tropezar a uno de estos pequeñitos que creen en mí, mejor le sería que se le atara una piedra de molinot al cuello y se le arrojara al mar.

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: “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.”         

How does God feel toward those who harm His new, young believers?  

If God says those who bring spiritual harm to His fleshly children are worthy of capital punishment, by analogy what do you think would be His attitude toward those who end the life of children in the womb?