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Abortion issue and biblical teachings

Donald Gale (Write Back, September 26) tries to justify an anti-abortion stance by quoting the Bible.

It seems that, on further reading, the God of the Bible is not averse to killing children, or their mothers, so it is hardly the reservoir of moral fortitude that Donald proposes. Not only does God punish women with abortion (the very act Donald seems to vilify through use of scripture) - "Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts" (Hosea 9:14) - but proposes the death of every Midianite woman who was no longer a virgin (Numbers 31:15-18): "They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open (causing abortion?)" (Hosea 13:16).

Indeed, God encourages women to be ripped open: "He sacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women" (2 Kings 15:16) (killing the unborn foetus) and commands the killing of infants and nursing mothers: "Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey" (1 Samuel 15:3).

Not only is this atrocious behaviour condoned, it brings joy to the perpetrator: "Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us. He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks" (Psalms 137:8-9).

And let's not forget the first-born of Egypt: "And all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts" (Exodus 11:5).

It would seem there are more references in the Bible to God promoting abortion and the death of infants than actually forbidding it.


Bangor, Co Down

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