What the Bible says about abortion
The Bible appears to be silent on the topic of abortion. 1 Author Roy Bowen Ward quotes two authors in his essay on the personhood of the fetus: 2
Ward finds this silence difficult to understand, because abortion was widely practiced during New Testament era in the Middle East. The Assyrians had a law concerning self-induced abortions as far back as the 12th century BCE.
On the other hand, there are Biblical passages which might be interpreted as referring to the worth of a fetus. One source states that pro-life groups have cited over 100 Bible passages in support of their position. 5 The passages listed in this section appear to be the most commonly used in abortion debates.
We researched the beliefs of both religious conservatives and liberals in the preparation of this and similar essays. We use either the King James Version (KJV) or the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, unless indicated.
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