What is abortion?

Abortion is a deliberate attack on an unborn child, usually by extracting or expelling the embryo or fetus from the mother’s womb. It kills the baby.

Because it is the intentional killing of an innocent child, abortion is nothing less than premeditated murder. All who are willingly involved with abortion become stained with the guilt of innocent blood, bringing upon themselves God’s just condemnation and wrath. Forgiveness, however, is available – see Where can I find out more about forgiveness and being reconciled with God?

We distinguish between abortion and essential treatment necessary to save the life of the mother, as described in the FAQ below, Isn’t abortion sometimes necessary to save the life of the mother?

Isn’t abortion sometimes necessary to save the life of the mother?

No. The Dublin Declaration on Maternal Healthcare, signed by nearly 1,000 medical professionals – including 245 obstetricians and gynaecologists – states:

‘As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.

We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.

We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.’

In 2016, there were 190,406 abortions recorded in the UK. Of these, just six were recorded under grounds F or G – emergency interventions to ‘save the life of the pregnant woman’ (ground F) or to ‘to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman’ (ground G). By contrast, 180,794 abortions (97% of all abortions) were carried out under ground C alone, there being a ‘risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman’. Of those, the UK Department of Health states:

Where the information is available, the vast majority (99.8%) of abortions carried out under ground C alone were reported as being performed because of a risk to the woman’s mental health.

Clearly, a vanishingly small number of abortions occur because of a perceived immediate threat to the life of the mother. It is also manifestly plain that the ‘mental health’ ground is being abused to provide de facto abortion-on-demand in the UK.

As the Dublin Declaration states, the purposeful destruction of a child is never medically necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. Abortion advocates who argue for legalized abortion on this ground are either misinformed, or else they are being deliberately deceptive.

Where can I find out more about forgiveness and being reconciled with God?

Please read or listen to Two Religions, a short talk that explains two distinct religions. One is a religion of our own works and self-righteousness, which leads to death; the other is one of penitent faith in Christ, which leads to life.

We should also love to tell you more in person about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection for sinners. Please contact us, and we’ll ensure you are welcomed at one of the Gospel-preaching churches to which our supporters belong.