An article that I read recently reminded me that what we call Abortion, God defines as taking the life of a child while it is still in the mother’s womb. The life is not just a “fetus,” it is a child—an infant.  “And the children(twins) struggled together within her… (Genesis 25:22)”  “Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. (Job 3:16)”

  A baby is not an animal (or something less), he or she is a human life, made in the image of God.  “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26)”  The little body within the womb is being formed by God.  “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:13–16)”

  No word describes the unborn better than “innocence” and God forbids the shedding of innocent blood.  “That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee. (Deuteronomy 19:10–13)”  God required punishment of those who harmed the unborn—even accidentally.  “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, (Exodus 21:22–23)”

An unborn child does not belong to the mother, it belongs to the Creator “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Ezekiel 18:4)”