Scripture References On Abortion
By Fr. Frank A. Pavone
See also our Brochure on
the Bible's Teaching on Abortion
Audio: Why Scripture Says NO to Abortion [Part
1] and [Part
Retreat on Scriptural
Perspectives on the Pro-life Movement
We have included a number of Scripture references to assist the priest or
deacon to show the congregation how God's Word challenges us to promote the
sanctity of life and to end abortion. The teaching of Scripture clearly shows
that the destruction of innocent life in the womb is contrary to God's law, to
God's very nature, and to the Christian life. This can be highlighted by
focusing on various themes, which the suggested readings touch upon.
God's dominion over human life. This theme is reflected by the Creation
accounts, as well as by any passage declaring God to be Lord of the universe.
Because God has made us, our lives and bodies are not absolutely our own, nor is
our freedom of choice absolute. A parent, moreover, does not "own" his/her
children. The creation of man and woman in God's own image, furthermore, makes
the human person quite distinct from other life forms.
God's explicit prohibition of killing the innocent. This law is expressed not
only in the Ten Commandments, but also by the many condemnations of child
sacrifice in the Old Testament. This practice was not only a violation of the
Fifth Commandment, but also of the First. It was the ultimate cause of the
God's relationship with the child in the womb. Various passages show that God
forms the child in the womb and even establishes a relationship with that child,
preparing him/her for a mission in the world.
God's justice. "Justice" in the Scriptures indicates an act of intervention
for the weak and helpless. God demands that we "do justice." Otherwise, our
worship is pointless.
Christ is Life. In the Old and New Testaments, God intervenes to give His
people life. The victory of life over sin and death is a constant theme in
Scripture. God did not make death; in the end, He will swallow it up forever.
We are called to love. Love in Scripture is no mere sentiment. We learn it
from Christ's salvific intervention for us. We practice it in turn by
intervening to assist our brothers and sisters in need. Love, therefore, fuels
the pro-life movement. Love demands that we act to save the babies and assist
women to make life-giving choices. It also demands that we assist women who have
had abortions to find forgiveness, healing, and peace. If the pro-life movement
is not a movement of love, it is nothing at all. But if it is a movement of
love, then nothing will stop it, for "love is more powerful than death" (Song of
Scripture Passages on Pro-Life
Gen. 1:1-2,26-28 Creation of man Gen. 2:7-8,18,21-24 Creation of man and
woman Gen. 4:8-16 The first killing of the innocent Ex. 20:1-17 The Decalogue
Lev. 19:15-18 Love of your neighbor's life Deut. 30:15-20 Choose Life! Jeremiah
7:27-31 The rebuke of child sacrifice Ezekiel 23:36-39 Child sacrifice Wisdom
1:12-15 God did not make death. Wisdom 7:1-6 I was formed in the womb. 2 Kings
24:1-4 The exile occurred because innocent blood was shed. Proverbs 6:16-19 The
Lord hates six things. Jeremiah 1:4-8 I called you from the womb. Isaiah 49:1-6
The Lord called me from the womb. Isaiah 49:14-17 Can a mother forget her
infant? Isaiah 1:10-17 Do justice! Amos 5:21-24 Let justice roll down like a
river! Psalm 72 He will save the weak from violence! Psalm 82 Rescue the weak!
Psalm 139 You knit me together in the womb! Proverbs 24:8-12 Rescue those taken
to death! Matt. 18:1-6,10-14 Do not despise the little ones. Matt. 25:31-46
Whatsoever you do to the least... Mark 10:13-16 He blessed children. Luke
1:39-45 The babe leapt in the womb. Luke 6:20-26 Beatitudes and woes Luke
10:29-37 The Good Samaritan is neighbor to anyone in need. Luke 16:19-31 The
Lazarus of the 20th Century: The Unborn Child John 1:1-5 All things, all life,
comes through Christ. John 10:7-15 The Good Shepherd came to give us life. John
11:17-27 Christ is the Life. John 14:1-6 Christ is the Life. 1 Cor. 15:51-58 The
victory belongs to life; you do not labor in vain. Eph. 6:10-20 Be strong in
this battle! James 1:22-27 Religion requires us to help the helpless. 1 John
3:11-18 Love rather than kill. Rev. 4:8-11 You have created all things. Rev.
21:1-5 Death shall be no more!