Is abortion ever okay? That is a question that many are asking these days. Really, the proper way to ask the question would be “when is it ever okay to kill a child?” People intuitively know the correct answer is, “never”. Our consciences, however, can be seared and hardened by our rebellion towards God and we consequently tend to find ways of justifying things we otherwise know are wrong – even things like murder.
Because God is the Creator and we are made in His image, everyone has a right to life. People try to appeal to emotions and “situational ethics” meaning things that are normally unethical can be considered ethical based on the right circumstances. Like when parents say that abortion is wrong, yet when their teenager ends up pregnant they conclude that abortion would be okay because of their situation. When it comes to murdering unborn children, many want to give exception clauses such as: rape, incest, the mothers life is in danger, etc. However, God has revealed in His word, abortion is murder.
Although someone may not believe in God, their belief will not change the reality of His existence and when they die and stand before Him they will be without excuse for two reasons: First, creation proves there is a creator so they won’t be able to say they did not know God existed (Romans 1); and second, their conscience knows the difference between right and wrong (Romans 2) so they won’t be able to say they are not guilty of violating God’s law written on their hearts. Every time we have ever lied, cheated, stolen, or were unfaithful, we have violate our conscience, which knows these things are wrong. Just like we know if someone kills an unborn baby that person should be brought to justice.
It is the height of hypocrisy saying that an unborn child can be legally killed on the whim of their parents, yet it would be considered homicide if the unborn baby was to be killed by a drunk driver. God’s laws are absolute, His morality is unchangeable. That is why we hate to be lied to, stolen from, and cheated on, and we would want justice if a drunk driver killed an unborn baby, because we know these things are wrong. Yet we have fallen short and have sinned against God when we violate His decrees. This is why we need a Savior – because we’re lawbreakers.
A sensitive conscience not hardened by excuses, rationalization, or fears will confirm God’s truth, and will reject “situational ethics”. Objective moral values are based on an unchanging standard. For example: the fact that murder is wrong is objectively true no matter what your situation is, and no matter what the majority believes.
Abortion sheds innocent blood (one thing God hates Proverbs 6:16) and shedding innocent blood even unintentionally held a capital offence life for life (Exodus 21:29, Deuteronomy 22:8, Exodus 21:22-23). Sin of fornication, and adultery may have caused pregnancy but the pregnancy is not the punishment, it is just the result of sex. Children our a gift from God, not a punishment (Psalms 127:3). God’s word the bible is the ultimate authority and has the last word on this issue, not our opinions and emotions.