What if a woman or a family making the decision about abortion has only social or health problems and just cannot keep the baby?
Social problems cannot justify the killing of unborn children. Otherwise, we can justify the murder of children already born or of young children by parents because of poverty. It’s interesting that the society and the law condemn the mother who killed her newborn child for social reasons, but the killing of an unborn child is ignored. This shows that there is an error of perception because cases are known in medicine when children are born prematurely and are put in special containers with special conditions under medical care unless they are formed and then are handed over to parents.
Therefore, the wrong understanding is that being in the mother’s womb does not make a man, but staying in a hospital room gives human value, or an unborn baby still not coming out of the mother’s womb is not a human, but the just born child is a man. The Church, the Christian position struggle against this wrong perception because a living human person is a man, whether born or unborn.
There is an episode in the Bible relating to abortion, which tells about accidentally damaging a pregnant woman by men who quarrel. According to Scripture, if the fetus is not formed, that is in the case of very early pregnancy, then a person who caused the damage is not punishable, but he should give what injured woman’s husband will require, that is, any property or money as compensation.
But if the fetus is already formed, then the action to cause death to a fetus is considered a homicide, and the guilty person is a subject to the death penalty, according to the principle of the Old Testament “life for life” (Exodus 21.22-23). But in any case, it should be remembered that in such cases we are dealing with formed or still unformed, but, however, with a human being.
In the New Testament, there is a story about pregnant Mary, Mother of God. When she met Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother, who was also pregnant, the child leaped in Elizabeth’s womb because of St. Mary’s voice. And Elizabeth prophetically says: “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence [is] this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy” (Luke 1.42-44). It’s true that here the story is about such great persons as baby Jesus and John the Baptist, who should have been born, but this fact also shows that children are connected with their mothers and yet even in the early stages they are moved by what is happening with their mothers.
This fact is also proven by medicine. Medical studies have shown that during an abortion fetuses try to escape and they feel the pain of being ripped and murdered. Therefore, people should think carefully before making abortion because unborn children are also human, and killing them is a murder.
Today in the world there are many doctors who, thinking about human life in a new way, after many years of practice have refused to perform the abortion. In the case of danger due to health problems threatening the life of the mother, from the point of view of the Church, the abortion is permissible, but not as a right thing, to save a woman’s life.