Actually, looking into it further, it would seem the arguement for abortion is better than that against it in the bible. Neither way is truly made that clear but if someone is going to quote passages like the ones I listed above then they need to be aware of others that go against that view.
- “And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no further injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him; and he shall pay as the judges decide. But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life.” (Exodus 21:22-23)
I think this one is perhaps most telling as it talks about making a woman miscarry her baby and God relegates it to a civil matter. If they go further and kill the woman then God deems the guilty as deserving of death. In this instance the Bible is clearly distinguishing between a fully formed person and a fetus and the fetus is given decidedly less status.
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I also found these which seem quite interesting as counterpoints the notion that the Bible fobids abortion and/or that life begins at conception:
- “If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things, and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, `Better the miscarriage than he, for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity. It never sees the sun and it never knows anything; it is better off than he.’”
- “And Job said, ‘Let the day perish on which I was to be born, and the night which said, “a boy is conceived.” May that day be darkness; let not God above care for it, nor light shine on it.’”
“Why did I not die at birth, come forth from my womb and expire? Why did the knees receive me, and why the breasts, that I should suck? For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest, with kings and with counselors of the earth, who rebuilt ruins for themselves; or with princes who had gold, who were filling their houses with silver,. Or like the miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, as infants that never saw light. There the wicked cease from raging, and there the weary are at rest. The prisoners are at ease together; they do not hear the voice of the taskmaster. The small and the great are there, and the slave is free from his master.”
- “Why then hast Thou brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me! I should have been as though I had not been, carried from womb to tomb.”
- “And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver.”
Here we have the bible putting a price on children. Note that under one month apparently has no value.
- “Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them.”
Once again children less than a month old were for some reason not deemed worth counting.
- "And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
God suggests here that the men he was re-animating were not alive till they drew breath.
- “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Again not alive, even though being truly created by the hand of God, till God got Adam breathing.
- “And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.”
Again not necessarily an exhaustive list but food for thought.