The first recorded human pregnancy occurred when Eve conceived and gave birth to Cain (Genesis 4:1). Many pregnancies followed as humanity increased upon the earth, but the Bible does not give us any details of those pregnancies until the account of Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah) in Genesis 11:30: “Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.” God highlights Sarai’s barrenness, as well as their old age (Genesis 18:11), to show that He was about to do something special. God gave Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac, who was truly a miracle.
Psalm 139:13 states, “You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” The Hebrew word that is translated as inward parts is, “kilyah,” which can mean organs, or the deepest parts of a person, such as thoughts and emotions. This verse personifies the unborn child to be able to have thoughts and emotions, sentience – not just potential sentience, but sentience. The verses in Luke above also point out to us that the unborn baby in Mary’s womb was also able to feel a feeling, joy, and respond to it.
Research studies have proven that babies begin to learn the voice of their mothers inside of the womb and remember it when born. These all prove that babies can do many things in the womb that we do after birth.
Another scripture we can look at together is Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy- the Son of God.” This is perhaps one of my favourite verses in regards to the sanctity of human life from conception. If you read closely you will discover that Jesus had the perfect and pure nature of God from the time of conception. He was referred to as holy in Mary’s womb not only after He was born.
This passage leaves no doubt that God is the Designer of every child. God speaks for Himself in Isaiah 44:24: “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, ‘I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone.’”
Pregnancy is God’s way of bringing new human beings into the world. Each person carries God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Because God is the Author of life and because a woman’s pregnancy represents a sacred partnership with God, a woman does not have a “right” to end what God has started. Abortion is the violent end of a human life that God created. It is the murder of an innocent image-bearer. Such acts are an outrage to the Lord. God strongly condemned the pagan practice of offering infants to idols (Jeremiah 32:35; Leviticus 20:2; Deuteronomy 12:31), and He judged the nations who did such things. God considers pregnancy His workroom, and a woman honours Him when she cooperates with Him in providing safety and nurture for the life inside her.
This confirms to us that the importance of each human life begins at conception. It doesn’t suddenly get more important once the baby is out of the womb. From conception each person has a plan and a purpose from God, so we must fight to ensure all babies get the right to life.