What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?

WomenBibleFor years I have been questioned about what the Bible actually says regarding abortion; does it condemn or condone the practice? Generally, the motivation for the question is rooted in the desire to promote or permit the practice since no prohibition seems to be identified. My simple answer has been to refer to the context of one of the most misquoted scripture passages used these days. How often have you heard the statement, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”?  [Read more…]

Early Christians and Abortion

By Dr. David W. T. Brattston
(Reprinted from an article published in Lifewatch March 2016)

This article presents the Christian attitude toward abortion before the first ecumenical council, that is, until AD 325. Because the New Testament does not comment on the morality of abortion, this article considers the writings of the first generations of Christians after the apostles, for they indicate that opposition to abortion (1) was shared at a time when the writers — or Christians not many generations earlier — personally knew the apostles or their first disciples and thus benefited from their unwritten teachings and interpretations of Scripture, (2) comes from a date so early that there was no likelihood for the original gospel to have been altered, and (3) is not based on only one interpretation of the Bible among many but was the interpretation of Christians who were personally familiar with the New Testament writers or their early followers. [Read more…]