Douglas W. Phillips explains why abortion is murder even when the life of the mother is at stake:
[M]others should never kill their babies. There are no exceptions. The Bible condemns abortion and offers no exceptions to this rule. Abortion is not even biblically permissible in so-called “life of the mother” cases. As with all ethical decisions, our approach to the question of “abortion for the life of the mother” must be dictated by Scripture alone. We are not to look to situation ethics, the advice of the medical community, personal opinion, or even “common sense” to help us make life-and-death decisions concerning our unborn children. Nor may a Christian look to their emotions, to human traditions, to majority consensus, to their personal experience, or to a private revelation from God as the basis for their decision-making. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine for reproof and for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect thoroughly equipped unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This is the only source of wisdom for our ethical decisions. [...]
Killing a baby in the womb is unconscionable under any circumstances. To embrace anything but a “no exception” policy in opposition to abortion is to condone infanticide. Historically and biblically, the greatest judgments have been reserved for those nations which embrace perversion and child sacrifice. (Both are rampant within our nation.) Political leaders who profess to be Christian, but who promote the right of any individual to perform abortions (child sacrifice) for any reason whatsoever, are party to the promotion of the slaughter of the innocent and will be judged. Such men and women will be judged even before heathen leaders, because “judgment begins first in the house of the Lord.” Consequently, before pointing out the speck in the political eyes of unbelieving politicians, we must first remove the enormous log of compromise from the collective eyes of our own evangelical community.
If Douglas W. Phillips is consistent in his beliefs, and he certainly seems to be, he would treat mothers who obtain abortions and doctors who provide abortions as pre-meditated murderers, regardless of the circumstances of the abortion. Even if the mother was likely going to be killed by carrying the pregnancy to term, he would still have her prosecuted for murder. That’s the consistent, logical way to proceed for anyone who accepts the principles that a fetus is the moral equivalent of a child or adult and that abortion is murder.
It’s also abhorrent, demonstrating why those anti-abortion principles are wrong. When the adoption of certain principles leads to immoral behavior, that’s a sign that those principles need to be reconsidered and, at the very least, modified — if not dropped entirely.
Quick Poll: If abortion really is murder, should there be exceptions for the life and health of the mother?
- No, the exceptions are hypocritical. No mother would kill her child to save herself.
- Yes for the life of the mother, no for her health.
- Yes for the health of the mother, no for her life.
- Yes for both the life and health of the mother.
- I don't know.
- I don't care.
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