The Bible suggests a preborn child to be a person at the time of conception. For example, before John the Baptist was born, his mother Elizabeth was visiting Mary the mother of Jesus. The Apostle Luke reported that, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed… ‘As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy’” (Luke 1:41-44). Elizabeth under the influence of the Holy Spirit refers to the preborn child as a “baby” (Greek brephos, “baby, infant). Elizabeth also said the baby “leaped for joy” at the sound of “Mary’s greeting” indicating a personal human response. Medical research today shows that preborn children can distinguish the voice of their mother and other close family members and friends. In another Biblical example, David referred to himself as distinct person (“me”) growing in his mother’s womb. David said; “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalms 139:13)
In regards to the question of abortion, the Bible addresses it with a specific law God gave Moses regarding the health and life of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby: “If people are fighting and 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 allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. (Exodus 21:22-25). This law refers to a fight between two people that accidentally injures a pregnant woman. In this case the mother and the preborn child are given equal legal protection. First, if the woman “gives birth prematurely,” the one that hit her “must be fined.” Second, if there “is serious injury” to the “pregnant woman” or her child then the penalties would be more severe: “life for life, eye for eye…” Therefore, if the accidental killing of a preborn child is serious to God, how does he feel about the intentional killing and then harvesting the body parts of a preborn child?
My question: why do the majority of Christians remain unresponsive, almost desensitized, to what God’s Word says regarding the killing of innocent preborn children?