BACC STATEMENTS OF POSITION

Approved by the Elder Board on August 17, 2016

ABORTION

The purpose of this Statement of Position is to communicate BACC’s position regarding abortion.

For years now, we have all seen the battle of the bumper stickers for “pro-life” versus “pro-choice.” While there is a high-pitched debate raging over the rights of a woman’s body, those with no voice are being silenced without ever having the opportunity to breathe. While we believe all people have rights bestowed from the Creator, we also believe that Jesus calls us to lay down our rights and our agenda, even our own bodies, in order to love our neighbor. We believe that unborn children are people we must serve, especially because they cannot yet fight for themselves.

Abortion is defined as the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy; or a medical procedure that is performed to end a human pregnancy and cause the death of the child.

What does Scripture teach about abortion?

Psalm 139:13 states, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” We believe that at the moment of conception there exists a human life, which is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), sacred and valuable to God, as evidenced by God’s personal involvement in the life in the womb. The unborn child develops and enters a different stage of life at birth, but we recognize a continuous line of life from conception until death.

The life in the womb is a life about which God is intimately concerned. This concept is based on God’s relationship to the unborn. Of Jeremiah it is said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Of Jacob and Esau in their mother’s womb God said, “Two nations are in your womb; and two people shall be separated from your body” (Genesis 25:23). These verses demonstrate God’s involvement in the personhood of the unborn.

Therefore: