Ezekiel 18:4, 20
Again, if the Christian engages these questions with a biblical worldview, they’re not that hard.
“It’s just a fetus or a clump of cells.” As seen in the previous chapter, this is biblically impossible. What’s in the mother’s womb? A baby, a human being, a person made in God’s image. Who says? God does. And since He’s omniscient and the Creator of life, He authoritatively knows.
“But it’s unviable outside the womb.” True, the unborn baby cannot survive on its own out of the womb. Neither can the newborn carried full term. Would it be okay to kill a newborn baby because they can’t survive on their own? How about a toddler? They need just as much help. What about a teenager? Some parents are convinced their teens would die on their own! And if those same adults were honest, most adults need help surviving in life. The point? Autonomous survival, viability, and even one’s contribution to society doesn’t establish humanity or value. God determined the significance of every person when He made them in His image.
“What if it’s conceived in rape or incest?” Although abortion itself isn’t complicated, sometimes the circumstances around it are heinous and appallingly complex. The grief, brokenness, and emotional stress of the victim of such horrific crimes are real and scream for justice. They also demand the utmost love, care, and wisdom from trustworthy people. However, the reality of the pain of the victim does not change the reality of the person in the womb. A unique individual, adorned with God’s image, innocent
of the events leading to their existence, dwells in the mother’s womb (Genesis 1:27).
Neither the circumstances of conception, nor the moral bankruptcy of the father, nullify the humanity of the baby in the womb. In no way would justice be served by killing the unborn child for the crimes of the father. Instead, punish the rapist. It’s worth noting that the percentage of abortions related to rape, incest, or endangerment to the mother’s life (covered next) is less than 1% of all abortions.
“What if the mother’s life is endangered?” This is another example of the consequences of living in a broken, cursed creation. There are extremely rare situations when pregnancy, or complications during pregnancy, genuinely puts the mother’s life at risk, the child’s life at risk, or both. In these scenarios, the primary goal is to save both lives, as both are made in God’s image. If that’s not possible, everything should be done to save the mother’s life. If the child tragically dies during the process of saving the mother’s life, it is a heart-wrenching consequence of living in a fallen, sin-cursed world. It’s also justifiably possible that the mother could choose to risk her life to save her child’s life. Obviously, the life and health of both is preferred. Where a choice must be made,
there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another, and what a powerful display of the gospel.