ISRAEL - Abortion Never Mentioned in Bible?

Arno Froese

Not sure which was more shocking, that a former director of the pediatrics department of Shaare Zedek Medical Center and professor (emeritus) of pediatrics at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medicine School would write an article (“Religious beliefs, not legal philosophies,” July 10) justifying why abortion is simply a religious judgment being imposed upon the American public, or his absurd statement that the term “abortion” never occurs in the Bible.

Do you want to know why abortion is never stated in the Bible? It’s because children were so valued and so esteemed that the thought of murdering one’s child would only be a hallmark of those whose depravity and immorality went so far as to think that sacrificing their children to the Canaanite deity known as Molech would earn them favor. But, it should be known that the biblical punishment for such an offense was death (Leviticus 18:21)!

Bearing children was considered to be such a great blessing that if any woman found herself unable to do so, her soul would literally become embittered to the point of wishing death to befall her. Such was the story of Rachel in the Genesis 30 account when she saw that she was unable to become pregnant. Enraged, she went to her husband, Jacob, and demanded, “Give me children, or I’ll die.”

Ironically, Rachel ended up dying in childbirth as she delivered her second child, Benjamin, but there’s no doubt, when looking at the full context of her position on childbearing, that she would have gladly made the same choice again.

Women in the Bible understood that having children was a privilege, a blessing and a great honor bestowed upon them by the Almighty. That is why they prayed for its realization.

[…] Jeremiah the prophet […] confidently stated that the word of the Lord had come to him saying, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart.”

Once again, not a Christian doctrine, prophet or biblical passage. In trying to move over into the “religious lane,” Eidelman, an obviously well-educated man, does himself a great disservice by speaking out of his depth on a subject about which he clearly knows little to nothing.

He speaks about the “worth of life beginning at birth,” and that having a heartbeat does not add to viability.

If that’s true, why is a heartbeat the determining factor as to the life or death of a fetus? Does a heartbeat even mean anything to this individual, whose profession is supposedly dedicated to children and their well-being? To read his words, which imply that viability happens only once they are out of the womb and no longer in their development stages of “life,” is not only disturbing but causes me to say that I should not have wished to have such a doctor when I was pregnant, nor, I suspect, would many women who care desperately for the growing life inside of them—a life for which they have waited with great joy and expectancy.

May we never forget who actually forms us, places breath in our bodies and determines the length of our days, from inception to eternity. After all, it is because of Him that we all live and breathe—as well as have the ability to bring forth the gift of life!

The writer [Cookie Schwaeber-Issan] is a former Jerusalem elementary and middle-school principal. She is also the author of “Mistake-Proof Parenting,” available on Amazon, based on the time-tested wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs., 10 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

We publish excerpts from this article to emphasize that life is “from conception to eternity.” 

Not only in the Old but also in the New Testament, we find much documentation that life begins at conception. An excellent source is, listing almost a hundred verses in the New and Old Testaments regarding “when life begins.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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