A liberal media host recently claimed that the Bible encourages women to abort their unborn babies and “that’s a fact.”
Cenk Uygur, founder of the liberal media outlet The Young Turks, misused scripture from Numbers 5 to back up his claims last week as he reacted to results from the midterm election, FaithWire reports. He also claimed religious leaders only oppose abortion because they want to control women.
“It was never about the Bible,” Uygur said. “The Bible says the opposite. It was always about controlling women.”
Uygur claimed religious leaders have kept Christians in ignorance about abortion and biblical teachings.
“You’re wrong about your Bible,” he said. “You’ve been misled; you’ve been lied to. Your religious and political leaders have kept you in ignorance. The Bible is actually pro-abortion — that’s a fact.”
“You have super vague passages that don’t even mention pregnancy to make the so-called pro-life position while Numbers in the Bible clearly encourages abortion under certain circumstances,” he continued.
Quoting the scripture passage, Uygur read:
“The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the Lord. Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water. After the priest has had the woman stand before the Lord, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder-offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse. Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband” —here the priest is to put the woman under this curse— “may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”
Uygur specifically used the quote to attack West Virginia and Alabama voters, both of whom passed pro-life constitutional amendments in the Nov. 6 election.
“If you’re a woman, get out!” he said. “Get out before [U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh and the other guys take away Roe v. Wade, otherwise they’re going to take away your rights and they’re going to imprison you because of their religion. That’s what they’ll do in Alabama. That’s what they do in Saudi Arabia.”
The states would not punish women with imprisonment for having abortions, despite what Uygur claims. Pro-life advocates have refuted such claims numerous times, arguing that abortionists should be punished for killing unborn babies but not mothers, many of whom are pressured into aborting their babies.
And as to the “super vague passages” that support the pro-life position, there are many. The Bible recognizes the value of children, born and unborn, and condemns killing and other violence against the innocent. Even in ancient times, babies in the womb were viewed as valuable, as is evident in Luke 1:41. Jesus placed great value on children when others in society did not in Matthew 19:14, and Proverbs 6:16-17 states that one of the things God hates most is the shedding of innocent blood. One of the ten commandments prohibits murder.
Christians believe babies in the womb are valuable, living human beings from the moment of conception, and killing innocent human beings is evil. The Bible shows this to be true throughout its thousands of pages.