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What are the facts about abortion? Is it really murder? Many Christians believe the from the moment of conception a life has begun. Are they correct? Is abortion morally acceptable behavior, or is it a sin before God?
Those who call themselves “pro-choice” consider abortion to be a legitimate form of birth control and a matter that is entirely the personal choice of the mother. But it’s important for us to ask what God thinks about the issue.
Since the 1973 landmark decision of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court on the constitutionality of laws criminalising or restricting access to abortions a debate has continued about whether, or to what extent, abortion should be legal and what role religious and moral views should play.
Most Christians are aware of and agree with God’s command in Exodus 20:13, “You shall not murder.” But some still question if an unborn child in the early stages of pregnancy could be considered to have life. Fortunately, the answer to this seems clear from the Bible, scientific sources and the practical experience of countless parents. Dr. Hymie Gordon, chairman of the Department of Genetics at the Mayo Clinic, in testimony before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearings said, “By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception” (www.prolife.com/FETALDEV.html).
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