What’s the biblical response to abortion?

Genesis 9:6
Exodus 20:13
Psalm 139:13–16
Exodus 21:22–24
Job 31:15
Jeremiah 1:5, 3:15
Isaiah 49:1–5
Luke 1:39–44

There are many powerful arguments against
pro-abortionist claims, some of which will be
presented later. If these arguments are rooted
in anything less than the rock of God’s Word,
all that’s actually happening is a comparison of
one person’s ideas to another.

With this in mind, there are at least three fundamental
questions concerning abortion that must be
biblically addressed: When does life begin? What is
the entity in the mother’s womb? What is its value?
A quick survey of Scripture reveals that God has authoritatively
addressed each of these issues.

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

(Psalm 139:13–16)

Notice all the personal pronouns used by the Psalmist to describe God’s interaction with him before his birth. God is unmistakably
engaging a person, a human being, inside the mother’s womb. Every single time the Bible speaks of the unborn, they’re referenced as a person, a living human being (Exodus 21:22–24; Job 31:15; Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 49:1–5; Luke 1:39–44).

The Psalmist declares that not only did God form and know him in the womb, God knew all the days and details of his life before they began! This sentiment is echoed throughout Scripture. In Jeremiah 1:5, God tells Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” So not only does life begin at fertilization, but each person is known in the mind of God from eternity past!

What’s the value of every person, known and formed by God, during their stay in the womb? Biblically, the value and personhood of an individual inside of the womb is never differentiated from someone outside. As established by Genesis 1:27, every person, no matter their age — one second to one hundred — or location — in the womb or on the moon — is made in God’s image. Every human is stamped with the Imago Dei and thus has intrinsic, permanent, God-appointed value and dignity. Human life is so unique and precious, if someone purposely takes the life of a human being, the cost is their life. God declares in Genesis 9:6, Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind (NIV). God’s Word is
clear. What exists in the mother’s womb is a person made in the image of God, known by their maker before fertilization. Purposely taking that life at any point is murder. God, the giver and sustainer of life, has not left us guessing.