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What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?

The Catholic Church is known for it’s stance on abortion. We strongly believe that every life should be protected, from conception to natural death.

“But where in the Bible does it say that?”

Classic question. I know. We want to know where we can find the answer to church teachings, in the book that is you know, “the Word of God.”

But this can be seemingly difficult, because some words that we use today aren’t in the Bible. For example, the word abortion, isn’t actually found in Scripture.

Some might assume that this is contradictory. The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is morally wrong but yet “abortion” is not taught in Scripture?

Even though the word abortion isn’t in Scripture, I challenge you to read these verse and see if you think you think Scripture does not speak about the sanctity of life.

I want to point to a few Scripture verses that can help us understand what we know about the reality of abortion.

God knows you

The word of the LORD came to me:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

Jeremiah 1:4-5

God formed you

But when [God], who from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased.
Galatians 1:15

Thus says the LORD who made you,your help, who formed you from the womb:Do not fear, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
Isaiah 44:2

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. My bones are not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth.Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.
Psalm 139:13-16

You are good and made in His image

God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.
Genesis 1:33

God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

God loves children

“Certainly sons are a gift from the LORD,the fruit of the womb, a reward…”
Psalm 127:3

“…but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
Matthew 19:14

God values life

You shall not kill.
Exodus 20:13

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live,
Deuteronomy 30:19

I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.
John 10:10

About the Author

Michelle Neitzke

I am originally from the south but somehow found my way up to the northern tundra (aka Saint Paul, Minnesota) where I live and also work for an amazing parish in the Archdiocese. I love good humor, fall weather, black olives, tea, studying theology, bodies of water, Chick-fil-a, bookstores, and great company. I love sharing my faith with others and I consider it an honor that I am able to participate in the Church’s mission of making the name of Jesus Christ known and loved. Follow me on Twitter @MichelleNeitzke

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