For years, I’ve been saying that the Bible says nothing about abortion. Since abortion predates the Bible by centuries and was commonplace in the area where the Bible was written, I used this as an argument that there is no Biblical foundation for any religious objection to abortion.
However, someone just pointed me at a section of the Bible I’ve missed.
Numbers 5:11-31 actually mandates that women who are unfaithful to their husbands undergo abortion and even gives the recipe for making the Biblical version of RU-486. So, the next time some wacko religious freak who thinks that the government has more to say about a woman’s vagina than she does because … Jesus/God/Bible, point them at Numbers chapter 5. Read it for yourself here. It’s quite amusing.
Here’s the New International Version if you prefer.
Even if you claim this is an ordeal (like checking to see if she weighs more than a duck) and God performs the abortion, it is still very clear from this that the life of the fetus is not sacrosanct. There are at least some conditions under which the fetus may be deliberately terminated in the womb.
Oh, and also note the reference to holy water in 17. I had no fucking clue that Judaism even had the concept of holy water.
Of course, I strongly believe that religion should not influence government regardless of what the book says. But, Christians who think that “be fruitful and multiply” means we must not use birth control or abortion sure as hell are not getting it from the Bible.