What does the Bible say on abortion?

Regarding a recent letter to the editor regarding abotion, using biblical references to substantiate any argument is a fool’s errand. To justify a belief in a deity using biblical sources requires intellectual gymnastics beyond what any rational human can support.

But OK, I’ll play the game, citing online sources.

From Stand to Reason, “What Exodus 21:22 says about abortion”: Exodus 21:22, which dictates that if a man causes a woman to miscarry, he should be fined, but if he kills the woman, he will be put to death. If God considered a fetus alive, wouldn’t he impose the same penalty for both?

“God has decreed, for one reason or another, that at least one-third of all pregnancies shall be terminated by a spontaneous abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy and that a number will be terminated after the first trimester”

From The Christian Left Blog: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

From a 1989 Washington Post commentary: “Since the Bible is the word of God and God is infallible, anti-abortion fanatics have nothing to complain about. Simply put, life begins when one draws his or her first breath.

From Addicting Info: “God is extremely pro-choice — perhaps more so than any liberal when you consider mass baby killings, genocides, and such.”

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