This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely, but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allow. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye..” Exodus 21: 22-25.
Reflection: The phrase, “no serious injury” applies equally to mother and child. According to Hebrew scholar Dr. Gleason Archer, “There is no second class status attached to the fetus under this rule. The fetus is just as valuable as the mother.”
Prayer: Lord, as you care for every one of your children, may we do likewise. Amen.