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TODAY’S WORLD: Call it “Extermination”

Abortion is more than “Termination”…..




It was on the 27th October 1967 that the Abortion Act, sponsored by David Steel MP, was passed in the U.K. Parliament. Exactly six months later it was enacted (on the 27th April 1968) – thus making it legal for a woman to have an abortion carried out, on certain grounds, up to 24 weeks after conception.




Since its introduction Pro-life groups have unsuccessfully challenged the Law in order to restrict abortion. It has been estimated that since abortion was legalized in Britain some 8.7 million unborn children have been killed. In 2018 alone approximately 205,000 legal “terminations” took place in England and Wales. This equates to about four thousand abortions per week. Using statistics released by the World Health Organization, we understand that 40-50 million abortions are carried out annually, worldwide. To put this fact another way, about 125,000 abortions take place daily. Worldometers illustrate this figure graphically, showing at least one abortion happening every second. Currently in the U.K. we understand that 23% of all pregnancies end in abortion.


These figures make shocking reading. The euphemism “termination” is often used instead of the word “abortion”. Is there something cold and callous about performing an abortion? If so, “termination” is hardly an improvement, for it is not simply the termination of a biological pregnancy. A pregnancy results in the creation of a new life, but abortion destroys that life. A far more accurate term would actually be “extermination” – for, in reality, a life is being exterminated. A killing is taking place.




Such blunt words may not go unchallenged, but it is time to compare what is taking place with the teaching of the Bible. A number of verses refer to the unborn. In Jeremiah 1:5, the Lord was speaking of the prophet before his birth when He said, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.” At what age did the Lord “know” Jeremiah? Was it after the “magical” 24-week-mark? We are not told – but we do not need to be. God is eternal and is not bound by the constraints of time. Before Jeremiah was in his mother’s womb the Lord had plans for his life. Would this suggest that God has no “plan” or use for the 23% (or even more) who were conceived but face nothing more than abortion? Is He unmoved by this brutal process of extermination?


In Psalm 139 David wrote about his unborn state. His words are worth quoting in full:-

“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” (Ps.139:14-16).


There can be no mistaking what David has written here. The conception of a baby is a wonderful event. Although it takes place “in secret,” nothing is hidden from God’s all-seeing eye. The growing foetus is seen by Him. He knows all about the development of the limbs and organs in the unborn child. How can it possibly be right therefore to exterminate that which is developing in His sight? His Word states categorically, “Thou shalt not kill” (Ex.20:13).




The battle lines today are clearly drawn between “Pro-choice” on one side and “Pro-life” on the other. In the former, the responsibility of choice rests with the mother who is the bearer of the child. As the baby depends upon her for life and is within her, it is said that she has the right to determine whether it should live or die. The power of life is therefore hers – for the first 24 weeks, at the moment. If she wishes to terminate her pregnancy and exterminate the child within her, it is within her human rights. The “Pro-life” viewpoint, on the other hand, recognizes the value of the weaker life which has no voice to express a preference and cannot defend itself. Taking up the cause of the unborn, Pro-life campaigners assert that the baby has a right to be born and to live independently on the planet.


These two viewpoints are completely at variance with one another, and no compromise position can ever be reached. From the verses quoted above, God is clearly “Pro-life”. As the Creator of life and the One who designed human beings so that they might reproduce, exhorting them to “be fruitful, and multiply,” He evidently envisaged life continuing and not being extinguished in the womb (Gen.1:28). But how did the “Pro-choice” position arise? The Bible provides us with the answer.




“Pro-choice” is one of the many fruits of secular humanism which seeks to dethrone God. In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve disobeyed their Creator and took fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They did obtain some kind of knowledge of good and evil, but it was not according to God. Their disobedience came about through obeying Satan who, as the serpent, promised them favour if they obeyed him. God is the Source of all truth, and He reveals the truth through His Word. Adam and Eve had disobeyed the spoken Word of God by responding to Satan. As a result misery has been brought to the whole human race.


When God is disobeyed, He is dethroned – and when God is dethroned, someone or something else must take His place. Mankind has usurped that place. “Ye shall be as gods” Satan promised (Gen.3:5). But if sovereignty rests with man, what happens when two opposing views come into conflict? Which one is going to win? We see this clearly illustrated in the abortion debate. If “Pro-life” represents the unborn child and “Pro-choice” represents the mother, which one is going to be supreme? The baby has no voice and no power to act independently. The mother, however, has control over the baby’s life, and so her “might” prevails. She considers that she has the right to decide its fate. As a consequence “might is right”. The stronger one defines reality and truth. By taking God’s role, man has become God. Therefore, when the stronger man (or woman) prevails over another, that one, in effect, becomes “God Almighty”.


Human beings – women and men – have taken the prerogative of life. God’s will that a child should live has been replaced by a woman’s choice, known as her rights. The mother has become like God and holds the power of life and death.




There is an offence known as “child destruction”. If, for instance, someone attacks a pregnant woman and causes the death of her unborn child, that person is liable to face criminal charges and, if guilty, imprisonment. Yet a mother who seeks an abortion and thereby exterminates her unborn child is immune from prosecution – as are the medical people who assist in the killing. In both cases a child has died before birth, but guilt is identified in only one instance. In an abortion (for whatever reason) a mother did not want her baby, so her will was able to over-ride all else. She is seen to be sovereign. Her will prevails because it is stronger than the infant within her womb.




It is time to recognize the Sovereignty of God. If an unborn child has medical defects and might not live, do we really have the right to take God’s place and deprive that child of its life? Can we not leave that frail life in the hands of God? He can take the life away if He sees fit, or He can give parents the needed grace to care for the child after its birth. It is not for us to take charge of such decisions. We ought to support the weak (1 Thess.5:14). The unborn child needs protection. The mother’s womb ought to be both a secret and a secure place. How outrageous it is to think that this safe place can become a place of danger! Ripping an unborn child from the safety of the mother’s womb must be one of the grossest forms of extermination.


While there are moves to liberalize abortion laws further, we need to weigh up the consequences of such actions. Doctors and nurses in the workplace need protection too so that they do not face disciplinary action for refusing, on the grounds of conscience, to carry out an abortion. The medical profession should be dedicated to saving life, not destroying it. But governments need to engage in self-examination too. Many of them are supporting abortion in other countries by providing funds. The reasons given usually refer to women’s rights and the way it is better to have abortions carried out properly instead of “making” women resort to unsafe back-street clinics. It would be better to discourage abortions of all kinds. All governments are accountable to God. Those which have promoted abortions “have blood on their hands” and are in a very unenviable position before the God who will judge them.