Is a Woman Acting in Sin When She Aborts a Pregnancy That is the Result of Rape?
Yes! Theologians, ministry leaders and pastors need to be clear on this. Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17 command: “You shall not murder.” Killing the innocent is murder: “You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.” — James 5:6
As with any other sin, there is accountability for the shedding of innocent blood. Genesis 9:5,6: “And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being. Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.” Just do a Bible search of “innocent blood,” and you’ll see how relevant innocence is, and how God detests the shedding of innocent blood.
Is abortion included in murder?
Yes. Abortion always involves bloodshed, and the baby is always innocent. Consider Exodus 21:22-25, which is the first place in the Bible where the law of “an eye for an eye” is declared, which demonstrates the seriousness with which God takes the injury to a pregnant woman or her unborn child: “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.” This necessarily includes harm to the unborn child, or the verse would not be talking about a pregnant woman. The injury or death to the unborn child is what’s critical here.
God says that for Ammon’s sins, He “will not relent. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead.” So it’s clear that God expressly counts the ripping open of pregnant women as a sin. That’s exactly what abortion is. Again, the fact that she’s pregnant is relevant — not because of her autonomy, but because of the harm to her unborn child.
Abortion involves the killing of your own children and is just another form of child-sacrifice. Psalm 106:37-38: “They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.” The child conceived out of rape is still the rape survivor mother’s own son or daughter.
Jeremiah 20:17 says, “For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.” Abortion turns a mother’s womb into a grave.
But what about in cases of rape?
Only the rapist is to be punished for the rape: “But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die.”