Why Christians Should Not Get Abortions

Editor’s note: While Live Action is not a religious organization we feature articles sometimes that address the issues of human life and abortion from a faith perspective. We hope these sort of articles help us all gain a broader understanding and in this case comprehend the arguments from Christian theology that add support for respecting human life.

The short answer is that Christians should not get abortions for the same reason as non-Christians: because abortion kills innocent human beings and killing innocent human beings is unjust. The moral obligation to respect every human life belongs to everyone regardless of faith, but there are some compelling differences for Christians.

Christians have additional evidence that the unborn are human beings, valuable and loved by God

In addition to the biological characteristics that identify the unborn as humans from the moment of fertilization (DNA, 46 chromosomes, metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and cell reproduction), the Christian has Biblical evidence that the unborn are humans God loves. Luke 1 tells of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth while both of them were pregnant. When Mary approached Elizabeth, her baby “leaped for joy inside her” and “Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Under that influence, she said, “when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me.” This passage tells us three things:

a.Elizabeth referred to her unborn as a baby, a term for a human being and nothing less. She characterizes him as a living person, not a pregnancy, product, tissue, fetus, or any other dehumanizing term.

b.The unborn can experience emotion in the womb! The baby leaped for joy. Ultrasounds reveal pictures of unborn babies making expressions of different emotions. The Bible reveals this even before ultrasounds.

c.Most extraordinarily of all, preborn humans can feel and experience the presence of God! The baby leaped for joy at being so close to Jesus, God incarnate. He was filled with joy because he experienced the very presence of his Creator, even in his mother’s womb.

Christians have greater convictions to obey God’s commandments

God will hold every person accountable for everything they’ve done, starting with the Christian. He says in His word, “If you love me, obey my commands.” He has not only prohibited abortions, “thou shalt not murder;” He has commanded us to stand up for the unborn: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” and “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die.”

He has also warned us that “without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” Abortion can never be an act of faith; instead, it is an act of fear and selfishness. It is a demonstration of a lack of trust for God’s sovereignty in our lives.

God’s Word says that, “Greater love has no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.” The Christian should have no place in a culture of “my body, my choice,” when Christ commanded and led by example to lay down one’s body and life for others.

The advantages of the Christian in a situation of an unexpected pregnancy are great and trustworthy

Christians should remember that, “in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him.” If you are a child of God, there is nothing that can happen to you without His command or consent. He has got your whole world in His hands. He cares about your life and He knows the plans He has for you, plans to give you a future and a hope He “will never leave you nor forsake you.” If Christians fear interrupting their school or their career goals, this is a challenge and opportunity to trust God with what really matters to them. This is the walk of every true believer, and our test of whether we truly love and believe God as we claim.

God is a Christian’s provider. If the issue is money, He will take care of every need. Jesus said, “Don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food or enough clothes. For life is more than these. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store, yet God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds… Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you… Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”

If the issue is shame, a Christian can be encouraged that “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,” and that God is “ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

Every reliable, mainstream biology textbook describes that we are human beings from the moment of fertilization. Even first trimester abortions stop a beating heart. Abortion really does kill innocent human beings. If you are a Christian considering an abortion, find more information about it, and ask God to give you the faith and strength to do the right thing. If you’ve already had one, ask God for repentance and forgiveness, knowing that He is “faithful and just to forgive our sins,” even the sin of abortion.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree, or disagree? What do you think about the statement, “abortions are done out of fear and selfishness?”

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  • BrokenAngel66

    I happen to disagree, and not very often get along with Christians. We differ in a lot of ways of thinking but amazingly this is one area where we fully and completely agree.
    To me, I'm Wiccan. And I have faith in the Goddess and God. And I have full reliance that if i got pregnant and got to keep my baby (I had a miscarriage) I know that they gave me that child for a reason. That child was brought into this world for a reason and they're meant to do great things. No child should ever die because their parents didn't plan for them to be their when they want them to be.
    I find it wonderful though that in the Pro-Life community so many people with different religious and moral ideas can come together and have something in common and fight for the same worthy cause.
    You don't seem to see that in the Pro-Abortionist community do you? Lol
    They're all mean, ignorant, small minded people who all think and talk the same non sense.

    • FinalEcho

      I agree, it is a wonderful thing: That people of different beliefs can unite together for the common good. Atheists, Agnostics, Protestants (me), Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Wiccans . . . all fighting together to save human life.

      I expect to see pigs fly any day now. 😀

  • ok_go

    "What do you think about the statement, “abortions are done out of fear and selfishness?”"

    I don't think that's true. All of the studies I've seen have listed poverty as one of the primary motivations for having abortions. For this reason, it's vital that we don't cut funding to all of the organizations that support poor moms. Moms need to know that they will have a support system financially and that we will help them raise their baby if they have it.Poverty is the reason that so many millions of unborn babies are dying. We have to help these moms afford to give their babies the same chances that all of us were lucky enough to have.

    • FinalEcho

      Stop and think about what you're saying. WHY is poverty a primary motivation? Because mothers are AFRAID they won't be able to afford raising a child. Or they're having such a hard time already, they don't want a baby making things even more difficult (that's called selfishness).

      I grew up in a poor household. I went entire weeks without eating. My single mother was always struggling to make ends meet. So trust me when I say I sympathize and empathize with the struggles brought on by poverty. But poverty is no excuse for murder. Cowards and the selfish people who are poor are just as reprehensible as cowards and the selfish people who are wealthy.

      • ok_go

        right….. ok, stop and read what I'm writing before you tell me to top and think.i said that poverty is a primary motivating factor. i said that we should help these moms so they're not struggling to feed children. why are you trying to argue with me about this??? this is the main thing i cannot understand about so many pro-life people, why they want to try to say that women should simply overcome the “fear” of living in poverty without doing anything at all to help them overcome that fear by creating services that will help them.obviously, the “fear” of poverty and the “selfishness” of poverty (??????? since when is it selfish to worry about being able to feed yourself enough that you can be healthy enough to be a good parent?) have one factor in common: poverty. why do you feel the need to argue with me about this? i'm extremely confused.

        • FinalEcho

          You said poverty is a primary motivating factor, as opposed to fear and selfishness. The truth is, that poverty itself only leads to a lower standard of living. You don't get an abortion just because you're poor, you get an abortion because you're afraid (fear) you can't take care of the baby (this could be because you're poor, or you're mentally ill, or you're physically handicapped, etc). Or because you don't want a baby to interfere (selfishness) with your life (again, this can be for various reasons).

          To clarify, take my own mother. She was poor when she became pregnant, but she gave birth to me. Her poverty had no effect on whether or not she wanted me. What was the missing ingredient then? Why didn't she abort me or even consider aborting me? Because she was not too afraid, she was not too selfish, to have a child. Braver still, she actually raised me rather than send me to an orphanage (which is an equally commendable option).

          • ok_go

            also, what about the women for whom abortion is medically necessary (ectopic pregnancy)? with your logic, the reason they're abortion is still “fear” and “selfishness” — the “fear” of dying, and the “selfishness” of wanting to live. something about that reasoning doesn't feel right, wouldn't you agree? the difference is just that we see the motivation of not-dying as valid, whereas we don't see the motivation of becoming-incredibly-poor as valid. it's more useful to us to distinguish between motivations like poverty and medical risk in determining what's right and wrong, as opposed to laying the guilt of being afraid and selfish on all women who abort. because if we do that, then medically-at-risk women won't be excused from being condemned as “afraid.”

          • ok_go

            Sorry for all the replies. Another thing: When we say that women who abort are being selfish, it's basically saying that mothers are by definition selfless. And I think that it's dangerous to our position to say that moms are selfless, because it makes it seem like we're trying to force women to all be selfless. You can't tell someone they have to be selfless. If we start calling motherhood a selfless act, it's making it seem like something that is harder and more demanding than it actually is, and it's going to deter people from doing it. If we really want all these women to keep their babies and become moms, we have to make motherhood seem like it's not a big deal, and it's something manageable that they can do and (selfishly) find personal reward in doing. If we're trying to force them to be 'selfless,' that's simply not going to work, and it doesn't really make sense anyway: does that mean a woman who chooses not to be a mom (and who never gets pregnant) is selfish? I sure don't think so.

        • FinalEcho

          As for helping women in poverty, pro-lifers lead the way when it comes to that sort of thing. Mainly because the pro-life movement includes the majority of Catholics and Evangelical people. It doesn't take much research to see that Christian groups like these do an immense amount of work to help every individual in need. More specific to the issue of abortion: There are Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which offer FREE assistance to pregnant women. In my own town there is The Gabriel Project, which offers free support as well. I myself am always willing (and have) to give from my own pocket to help those in need.

          Poverty is simply not the real issue here.

          (By the way, after rereading my initial response, I can see why you were offended. While I didn't intend to sound rude, I can see how it came off that way. A sincerely apologize — I should have worded myself differently)

          • ok_go

            That's definitely true…. religious groups in general tend to be the biggest sources of donations to non-profit groups overall. I'm not really talking about the crisis pregnancy centers though – my impression is that these centers are very well equipped to offer support to pregnant women.I more mean we should also be supporting long-term assistance programs, such as low income housing, after school programs — things that will help poor moms raise healthy, smart kids. Because when a mom decides to abort, she's not just thinking about getting thru the pregnancy, she's thinking about whether she can afford to support the kid for 18 years afterwards.I guess my problem with talking about fear and selfishness as the root of the problem is this: it places a huge amount of blame on our society's women. It blames them for the murder of millions and says that every abortion happened with no good reason at all. This is not useful if we want to win this battle. We have to be sympathetic to women who abort and engage with the reasons they give in order to show them that those reasons can be solved in ways other than aborting.Most women who abort have thought long and hard about the decision and while they've ultimately made the wrong choice, in their minds, it's the right one. I don't think it's useful or productive to call these women selfish and afraid. It's only going to alienate them and make them not want to listen to us.It's great that your mother had you even though she was poor. However, she obviously succeeded in raising you to be a healthy adult (unless she ended up putting you into foster care? I don't know your background). However, there are so many women for whom poverty actually is a real reason for aborting. I'm talking about the women who will lose their jobs if they have to take a few days off to give birth because of pregnancy discrimination (which is WAY too common, and is really disgusting). Those women who will lose their jobs and then lose their homes and have to live with their children on the street. The women who have no family to help them out. The women who already have many children and having another would mean that her other kids would start going hungry.The women who live in remote areas nowhere near pregnancy crisis centers and don't have the money to afford to move into a town that has one.The women who know their child is going to be severely disabled and require full-time care but can't afford to be a stay-at-home mom and can't afford specialized daycare. (While adoption is a great option I think it's horrific and emotional abuse that anyone would be forced to give their kids up because of poverty.)Obviously this is not most women. But it is still a significant number of women, and this is the group of women that will be affected when Planned Parenthood closes, because the women with money will be able to afford to get abortions elsewhere. All I'm saying is that for poor women, the fear is REAL, it's not baseless, and it's unfair to call them selfish not to want to end up homeless with a baby on the street. By calling them “fears” born out of “selfishness,” we're really belittling women's intelligence. We can't afford to take a condescending tone in a situation like this, even though we know we're on the right side. We have to respect the logic of the other side.While poverty is no excuse for killing a child, I think that it's critical to understand that for many women, poverty is the reason: instead of calling them selfish, let's understand what they're going through, sympathize with them, and try to help them figure out a situation where they can afford to keep their children for the full 18 years.

  • Wmutley

    Well as a Ex-Christian , I laugh at the absolute and utter hollowness of the “christian” PUBLIC stand on abortion. The fact that Abortion is legal suits the Christian Community because it means that individual cases can be hidden from public view by legal means “private medical confidentiality”-this means that prominent christians can hide the fact that they , their wives, daughters, sisters , mistresses , mothers are not ‘living the word’ Really what it means is that they care about human life even less than ‘pagans’ because they would rather make human sacrifices at the altar of ego and reputation than be exposed for the utter and frank hypocrites they really are .

    • KimKim

      Wmutley, I fear that you were not really a Christian. You have the harsh outlook you have on Christians is quite interesting from someone who claims to be an Ex-Christian. I’ve never personally met anyone who truly came to *know* Christ (not going through the motions and not building a relationship with him) who rejected His unfailing love. Perhaps you’ve come across people that weren’t really Christians either and this has affected your outlook. Anyway, my church has a whole out-reach program (3,000 people volunteer annually to help with girls who are pregnant and plenty of churches offer counseling…So I don’t really get what you are saying about “hiding it”. The majority of churches now days realize it’s a issue and addressing it openly and with Christ love. :) Open your heart and eyes to God’s love.