Gloucester Daily Times Debate on Abortion (16), December 24, 1985

Compassion Extends to the Unborn

Those who seek any verses in the Holy Scripture to justify abortion will never find them. If any verse was taken out of context from the Old or New Testament to try and seemingly justify idolatry, indifference to the suffering of people in need, fornication, theft, arson, cruelty, etc., then the very intention would be an evil attempt to try and make it fit in with one’s own self-centered and worldly philosophy of life.

These verses from the Holy Bible are pro-life in that they would reveal from God Himself that He alone is the Creator of each human soul at conception.

Genesis 25:21-24; Zechariah 12:1; Ecclesiastes  11:5; Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 49:1-5; Psalm 139:13; Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 6:17; Jeremiah 22:3, 17.

Scripture, therefore, is not silent on the question of origin of human life, and the New Testament insists on protection for the innocent and guiltless. Acts of the Apostles 20:35; Romans 15:1 and I Thessalonians 5:14.

From this it certainly follows that Christian compassion extends to the unborn who in turn become the “little ones” of Matthew 18:10 of who Christ Himself said “they are not to be despised.” The worldly wickedness of modern times reminds me of St. Paul’s words in II Timothy 4:1-5.

Robert Trotter, 1 Clement Street, Rockport

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