Bible proves that it's a person in the womb
In a previous letter, I showed that faith in Jesus is reasonable and evidence-based. He proved by His resurrection His identity as Son of God and Redeemer. He upheld biblical truth, which states that man is made in the image of God, albeit flawed by the Fall of Man. Brian McClinton (Write Back, August 7) says that only viability outside the womb confers personhood. Not so. The Bible reveals that God recognises human lives in advance by His foreknowledge.
In Genesis 25, the futures of Esau and Jacob are foretold by God while they are still in the womb. In Jeremiah 1, the reluctant prophet is told by God: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart." Personhood, then, extends back in time, even before conception.
Another correspondent (August 4) asks about the spontaneously aborted. From the human point of view, life can terminate at any time, but all is within the providence of God. The concept of the sovereignty of God is unpalatable to the human mind's desire for autonomy. However, 'God gives grace to the humble, but rejects the proud' (Proverbs 3). Brian believes that viability (22 weeks) is the point at which a foetus acquires personhood and the right to live. He must be appalled by the practice in England, where the disabled can be pursued to death even up to full-term.