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From the moment of a person's conception. is there any time in which the Bible does not refer to the person as human? Is there any medical examination that can establish that a developing child is not human?

Why are these questions important when viewing abortion?

The following are examples of this truth:

  • "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me" (Psalm 51:5). How could David, as an unborn child, be "shapen in iniquity" and possess a sinful nature without a soul? From conception, he possessed a human soul.
  • "For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 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). David speaks of his distinct personhood from conception by using the terms of "my," "me," and "I."
  • "The life thereof, which is the blood thereof" (Genesis 9:4), and several other verses in Scripture speak of blood as life. The shedding of blood is taking the life of that creature. Shedding the unborn's blood is a shedding of human blood; it is the killing of a human being.
  • "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). Willfully killing an unborn child required the same penalty as murdering any other person - life for life.

2. By examining created reality - No cleverly-devised, watered-down terms or phrases can conceal the fact that abortion is the willful taking of human life. A developing child is not part of his mother's body. This can be established by asking the following questions:

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