Abortion-The Christian View

The general Christian view on the topic of abortion is that it is really the act of murdering an unborn human child.  Life is sacred since it is created by God (see Psalm 139:13-14) and hence as humans we are not given the right to determine who lives and who dies.   An exception to this can be made in the case of incest, rape or if the mother’s life or health is seriously endangered if the pregnancy goes ahead.

There is often the perception that only young teenage girls are the ones who face the decision of whether or not to have an abortion.  However apparently women of all ages and stations of life can be found at abortion clinics,  wanting to take this crucial step.  They can be mothers who already have many children and include women of all ages.

In the case of teenage girls however,  perhaps many are not fully educated about contraceptive methods.  Not that I am advocating sex before marriage.  But it may be the case that many young girls are not aware that most forms of contraception are never 100% foolproof.  As a result many young women believe they are fully covered from the possibility of pregnancy when in actual fact they are not.  This would then call for the need for more comprehensive education for young people,  both women and men about the effects and consequences of these methods.

There is also some scientific and medical support for the fact that many women who do choose to undergo abortions,  face a greater risk of infertility in later life and also psychological and mental disorders such as depression. 

Within certain groups, is a push to pass a bill to attempt to legalise abortion .  At present within the ALP,  the issue of abortion is still covered by the “conscience vote”.  This means that even though the party may hold a certain  platform,  Senators are allowed to cross the floor in regards to the majority,  according to their own conscience or personal beliefs.  We hope that this right will still remain in the long term future.

To maintain the christian view to vote against the legalisation of abortion,  one would advocate that as long as the pregnancy does not severely endanger the life of the mother,  than the child should be carried to it’s full term to eventual birth.  If the mother does not choose to keep the baby,  then it could be put up for adoption.  Many women choose not to keep their child  because they may feel that they are not mature or ready to take on the responsibility of raising a child.  They may also give up the child because of lack of financial security and stability to provide for the child’s needs.

This situation could turn out to be a good thing for society.  For instance there seems to be a high number of couples who are not able to have children due to various reasons.  Also because many women  are choosing to start a family later in life eg in their 30’s and 40’s,  they are finding it harder to become pregnant and face higher risks for themselves and their new babies.  Hence being able to adopt an unaborted child who is in need of a loving and financially stable home, can prove to be a great blessing. 

People may find it difficult to see that abortion is the killing of a living being perhaps because they cannot see the child being formed in the wound.   The seriousness of the issue may become more real if we consider the birth of baby kangaroos as an example.  Being marsupials once the tiny little pink babies are born they crawl into their mother’s pouch for their gestation period where they are allowed to form properly and grow.  Imagine before the baby joey has been fully formed that a vet decides to take the small pink foetus which is alive out of the mother’s pouch and injecting it with a poisonous substance to end it’s life.  This would seem like an abhorrent thing to do.  Well this is exactly what is being done when an abortion is carried out.  It is just like a  tiny pink human being in foetal form being taken out of the mother’s womb and being injected with poison to cause it to wither and die.   This is murdering an unborn child and not part of God’s will or plan.

NB.  In regards to the issue of homosexuality which is another sensitive topic in the christian community,  it is clear that the bible regards the homosexual act as a sin.  See Romans 1: 27, Leviticus 18:22, 20:13.  However I do not approve of homosexuals being discrimated against just because of who they are.

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6 Responses to “Abortion-The Christian View”

  1. Sam D Says:

    You might be interested to know that it appears that ACMA has blacklisted an anti-abortion website (albeit a very distasteful one).

  2. Sam D Says:

    Hi Adelle.
    ACMA is the Australian Communications and Media Authority, a federal government agency responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications.

  3. suckonthis Says:

    I don’t see how you can refer to the Bible as absolute truth in your first paragraph, and then state that you disapprove of what it says in your closing comment. You either believe that life is sacred because God-given AND believe that being gay is a sin, or you believe neither.

    I’m also interested to hear why with the massive number of unadopted children already in orphanages and other forms of state care, you think it would be a “great blessing” for women to give birth to even more unwanted babies.

    Feel free to check my blog for a pragmatist’s views on abortion.

    • aarwen Says:

      Hi There. Thanks for your message. I do believe the bible is absolute truth. What I meant in my last comment is that I do not like it when anyone (including homosexuals) is called names, made fun of or bashed up per se. The reason is that God commands us to love one another instead of mistreating each other with verbal or physical abuse. Mark 12 :31. God loves everyone in this world no matter what they believe. However he does not always approve of everything we do. There is a difference between loving the person but not necessarily approving of everything they do .

      You have a good point about all the unadopted children under state care. I did not think about that aspect of adoption. I guess it is because many parents want children when they are newly born instead of when they are much older.

  4. suckonthis Says:

    And yet the Bible describes homosexuality as an “abmomination” (Leviticus 18:22), “unrighteous” (Corinthians 6:9-10), and Jude 1:7 says that gay people will suffer “the vengeance of eternal fire”. That goes some way beyond disapproval.

    If calling a group of people an unrighteous abomination who will burn in Hell isn’t verbal abuse, I don’t know what is. The fact that you claim to believe in a text which describes homosexuals as sinners is inherently discriminatory to begin with. It’s passive discrimination, sure, but explicitly describing the Bible as absolute truth supports the notion that homosexuality is wrong.

    If the Bible is God’s word, and therefore absolute truth, it isn’t open to interpretation.

    Also, Leviticus 25:44-46 tells us that slavery is okay. Deuteronomy 13:6-16 tells us to kill anyone who worships a different God. And Luke 19:22-27 tells us that Jesus wanted to have killed anyone who refused to be ruled by him.

    Again, since you believe the that the Bible is absolute truth, it follows that you think that slavery is okay and that all non-Christians, agnostics and atheists should be put to death.

    Furthermore on the subject of adoption, I do appreciate that many parents want children when they are newly-born, however that doesn’t alter the fact that catering to that by forcing mothers to give birth to unwanted children and then give them up, while orphanages are still full of parentless children, is a shocking example of social irresponsibility. The “Christian view” of abortion in practice usually results in an increase in the number of welfare mothers, and an increase in the number of unadopted children. If one is truly against abortion, then the practical way to promote that would be to campaign for a susbstantial increase in contraception education, so there aren’t as many unwanted pregnancies. But hey, it turns out that Christians are against that as well, since they think that anything other than abstinence-only education (which verifiably doesn’t work) is a sin.

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