An abortion advocacy group made up of Judaeo-Christian religious leaders wants the public to believe that the Bible supports their pro-abortion position.
The Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion (CCS), headquartered at Judson Memorial Church in New York, began 50 years ago to help women get safe abortions before they were legal, according to the Village Voice. The group includes Protestant ministers, Jewish rabbis and Catholic nuns and priests.
In recognition of the CCS’s 50th anniversary this weekend, the Village Voice published a report allowing its leaders to make their case for abortion.
Abigail Hastings, who is coordinating the anniversary celebration, said the Bible does not mention abortions or prohibit them anywhere on its pages.
“What I try to impress is that, for one thing, there’s always been abortion. It is not outlawed in the Bible,” Hastings told the Voice. “There is not a scriptural reference to pin this on. There have always been people of faith who have at least understood that women have the right to do their own family planning.”
Here’s more from the article:
Donna Schaper, senior minister at Judson, says that misconceptions about the relationship between religion and abortion only increase the need for vocal support from like-minded clergy.
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“We’re very aware that a very few younger women, who are more likely to be in their childbearing ages and therefore need an abortion, never heard a positive Christian message — a pro-sex, pro-woman, pro–birth control, pro-abortion message that comes out of faith and is not in spite of our faith,” she said. …
“My faith really loves it when women have more power rather than less,” Schaper said. “I just don’t think it’s Christian to deny women power and authority. And I think Jesus was all about women having more agency and being moral choice makers as much as men. I don’t think there’s anything in Jesus that was anti-woman.”
But Schaper and Hastings do not argue that women also should have the “power” or “right” to kill their born children – because the Bible clearly states that killing children is wrong.
That is the point that the CCS leaders miss: Some choices are wrong. The Bible may not specifically mention the word “abortion,” but it does emphasize how valuable human life is.
Throughout its pages, the Bible condemns the destruction of human life. “Thou shalt not murder” is one of the ten commandments listed in Exodus 20:13. Proverbs 6 says the Lord hates “hands that shed innocent blood.” In Matthew 19:18, Jesus repeats the commandment “you shall not murder” to his followers.
The question then is what is human life, and modern science points to the answer. For decades now, biologists have confirmed the fact that a unique, new human life begins at the moment of conception.
The biblical writers did not have this scientific knowledge, though the all-knowing creator God certainly did. And, a number of biblical passages do recognize that babies in the womb are individual, living human beings.
For example, Luke 1:41-44 states: “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.’” Other references include Genesis 25:21-22, Galatians 1:15, Romans 9:10-11 and Psalm 139:13,15.
It only takes some simple logic to recognize that the Bible condemns abortion. Scripture condemns the murder of human beings, and babies in the womb are human beings. Therefore, abortion is wrong.