Biblical Support for Abortion
Source Michael Hoover
Date 99/08/20/12:49

I began but did not finish below comments yesterday, Michael Perelman
has since blown whistle on abortion topic so if I may be allowed this
trangression... Michael Hoover

religious anti-abortionists like to quote Christian bible - generally a
few verses from Psalms (139: 13-16), Jeremiah (1: 4-10) & Luke (1: 39-41)
- to justify their 'moral' position...but biblical support for abortion
can be derived from scripture as well, for example:

King Solomon's point that we should be thankful for a good life is
offset by one in which he says that it is better to end pregnancy
before coming to term if quality of life is miserable:
'If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many
they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things, and he does not
even have a proper burial, then I say, "Better the miscarriage than he,
for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered
in obscurity. It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; it is
better off than he."' Ecclesiastes 6:3-5

'Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done
under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of th oppressed and that they
had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power,
but they had no one to comfort them. So I congratulated the dead who are
already dead more than the living who are still living. But better off
than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the
evil activity that is done under the sun.' Ecclesiastes 4:1-3

Job, who lost his land, cattle, children, wife, health when God tested his
faith, speaks too about ending pregnancy:
'And Job said, "Let the day perish on which I was to be born, and the night
which said, "a boy is conceived." May that day be darkness; let not God
above care for it, nor light shine on it.' Job 3: 2-4

'Why did I not die at birth, come forth from my womb and expire? Why did
the knees receive me, and why the breasts, that I should suck? For now I
would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have
been at rest, with kings and with counselors of the earth, who rebuilt
ruins for themselves; or with princes who had gold, who were filling
their houses with silver. Or like the miscarriage which is discarded, I
would not be, as infants that never saw light. There the wicked cease from
raging, and there the weary are at rest. The prisoners are at ease together;
they do not hear the voice of the taskmaster. The small and the great are
there, and the slave is free from his master.' Job 3: 11-19

"Why then hast Thou brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and
no eye had seen me! I should have been as though I had not been, carried
from womb to tomb." Job 10:18-19

some will note that I've removed the above quotations from their context,
and they are correct, but that is my point...Christian bible is not an
appropriate guide when it comes to abortion since neither the passages
I've cited nor the ones extracted by religious anti-abortionists actually
address the issue...

the one passage in the Christian bible that does address aborting a
pregnancy doesn't support the religious anti-abortionist view:

'And if men struggle and strike a woman with child so that she has a
miscarriage, yet there is no further injury, he shall be fined as the
woman's husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide.
But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty
life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise." Exodus 21:22-25

first, the matter at hand in above passage involves fighting...second,
misacarriage in this circumstance is a civil offense...third, only
injury to or murder of the woman is a criminal offense...fourth, nothing
in passage addresses matter of a woman choosing to terminate her pregnancy
via abortion... Michael Hoover

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