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Abortion in the Bible I am for abortion in most cases It is my personal belief that an unborn fetus is not a living being At the time of birth when the fetus is out of the mothers womb and breathing on its own then it is to be considered a living being in my opinion Let me touch on the religious aspect of abortion since the original author has elected to mention it I did some research on the biblical aspects and was surprised to find some interesting interpretations on the subject The Bible doesnt seem to tackle the topic of abortion directly Roy Bowen Ward quotes two anti-abortion books in his essay on the personhood of the fetus John T Noonan 1970 said The Old Testament has nothing to say on abortion John Connery 1977 said If anyone expects to find an explicit condemnation of abortion in the New Testament he will be disappointed The silence of the New Testament regarding abortion surpasses even that of the Old Testament Ward found this silence difficult to understand because abortion was widely practiced during New Testament era in the Middle East The Assyrians had a law concerning self-induced abortions as far back as the 12th century BC On the other hand there are some Biblical passages that might be interpreted as referring to the worth of a fetus But even these suggest that a fetus carried less value than human life Here are samples of passages that I have found that possibly address this subject Genesis 27 God made Adams body out of the dust of the earth Later the man became a living soul only after God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life This would imply that Adams personhood started when he took his first breath Following this reasoning a newborn becomes human after it starts breathing a fetus is only potentially human an abortion
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