Roe v. Wade’s ruling that the unborn are not legal “persons”, with the resultant understanding that the fetus, considered the mother’s property, can be expelled by the mother’s choice, flies in the face of the biblical view of human life in the womb.
For one thing, scripture sees conception as the moment of our beginning (Genesis 4:1, 21:2, 29:33-35, 30:7; 1 Samuel 1:20; Matthew 1:20, 21). Moreover, scripture shows that before birth we are known, cared for, and loved by God (Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:4,5; Ecclesiastes 11:5; Job 31:15).
Take Psalm 139:13-16:
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
Now think of the following questions: Is God concerned about us in our unborn state? Is God involved in our development within the womb? Do we have an identity prior to our birth? Does God have a relationship with the unborn? The answer I hear through Psalm 139 to each of these questions is a resounding “Yes!” The sacred worth of human life in the womb is underscored. And on that basis no such life should be terminated except for the most compelling reasons, one example of which would be saving the mother’s life.
As for predicating the legitimacy of abortion on the woman’s “right to choose”, this, too, flies in the face of a biblical understanding: namely, whom we, men as well as women, are accountable to. We are not our own (1 Corinthians 6:19). We do not own ourselves or our bodies. “It is he that made us, and we are his …” (Psalm 100:3). As a steward, then, of what has been entrusted me, I am not answerable to myself for the choices I make, especially one as weighty as taking a human life. I am answerable to the author of life. He is sovereign, after all, and I should make my decisions on my best understanding of his will.