Is it a sin to abort when the pregnancy is the result of rape? Yes, it is! 

Abortion intentionally ends the life of an innocent living human being.

Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17 clearly command: “You shall not murder.”

Killing an innocent unborn child after rape through the premeditated act of abortion

fits the definition of murder: “You have condemned and murdered the innocent one,

who was not opposing you.” — James 5:6 Punish rapists, not babies.


As with any other sin, there is accountability for the shedding of innocent blood.

Genesis 9:5,6 warns:


“And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the

life of another human being. Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall

their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.” Just

do a Bible search of “innocent blood,” and you’ll see a plethora of

Scripture verses


1. Is abortion murder?


Yes. This is critical to know the answer to this question when being

asked for biblical advice on whether to abort.


Abortion always involves bloodshed — babies do not just magically

disappear. No woman takes a pill and the baby just vanishes into thin

air. And the unborn baby is always innocent.


Consider Exodus 21:22-25, which is the first place in the Bible where

the law of “an eye for an eye” is declared. This passage demonstrates

the seriousness with which God takes the injury to a pregnant woman or

her unborn child: “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and

she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender

must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows.

But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for

eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound

for wound, bruise for bruise.” I’ve seen liberal theologians actually

argue that the verse only pertains to harm to the woman, but this

standard necessarily includes harm to the unborn child, or the verse

would not be talking about a pregnant woman! The injury or death to the

unborn child is what’s critical here.


In Amos 1:13, God says that for Ammon’s sins, He “will not relent.

Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead.” So it’s clear that

God expressly counts the ripping open of pregnant women as a sin. That’s

exactly what abortion is. Again, the fact that the women are pregnant is

relevant — not because of her autonomy, but because of the harm to her

unborn child.


Abortion involves the killing of one’s own children and is just another

form of child-sacrifice. Making the rape exception to your pro-life

views is modern-day child sacrifice. Look at Psalm 106:37-38: “They

sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods. They shed

innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they

sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their

blood.” The child conceived out of rape is still the rape survivor

mother’s own son or daughter — innocent blood.


I shudder when I read Jeremiah 20:17, “For he did not kill me in the

womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.” Abortion

turns a mother’s womb into a grave.


2. But what about in cases of rape?


The Bible is clear that only the rapist is to be punished for the rape:

“But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged

to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die.”

— Deuteronomy 22:25


However, it’s estimated that, in the United States, only 1% of rapists

are ever convicted for the crime of rape. According to the U.S. Supreme

Court cases of Coker v Georgia and Kennedy v Louisiana, rapists and even

child molesters don’t deserve the death penalty — that it’s “cruel and

unusual punishment.” So how could the innocent child conceived out of

that rape deserve the death penalty?


Proverbs 17:15 warns: “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the

innocent— the Lord detests them both.” And Proverbs 18:5 tell us: “It is

not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of

justice,” which is what the Supreme Court has done, along with every law

passed banning or regulating abortion with a rape exception included.


1 Kings 8:32 and 2 Chronicles 6:23 both say: “Judge between your

servants, condemning the guilty by bringing down on their heads what

they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in

accordance with their innocence.” The rapist is guilty, while the child

is innocent, yet there are some clergy and other Christians who are

prepared to allow the innocent child to be put to death, but not the rapist!


In Deuteronomy 24:16 and 2 Kings 14: 6, God makes it very clear:

“Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put

to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.” As a child

conceived in rape, God’s word affirms that I did not deserve the death

penalty for the crime of my biological father.


In Ezekiel chapter 18, it’s further explained: “But suppose this son has

a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them,

he does not do such things. . . . He will not die for his father’s sin;

he will surely live. But his father will die for his own sin. . . . “Yet

you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the

son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my

decrees, he will surely live. The one who sins is the one who will die.

The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent

share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be

credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged

against them.” — verses 14, 17 b, 18, 19-20


There is ample scripture regarding God’s concern for the fatherless, and

no one is more at risk to end up fatherless than the child conceived in

rape. “Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the

widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” Jeremiah 22:3


3. Isn’t this “the rapist’s baby” or “demon seed?”


No! Every child is created by God, in His image, for a purpose. “So God

created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male

and female he created them.” — Genesis 1:27 And Job 31:15 explains: “Did

not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us

both within our mothers?”


Psalm 139:13-16 is true for every child, regardless of the circumstances

of his or her conception:


For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me

were written in your book

before one of them came to be.”


God is the author of life and we are not to question what He has

divinely created. Isaiah 45: 9-12:

“Does the clay say to the potter,

‘What are you making?’

Does your work say,

‘He has no hands?’

Woe to him who says to his father,

‘What have you begotten?’

or to his mother,

‘What have you brought to birth?’”

“This is what the Lord says —

the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:

Concerning things to come,

do you question me about my children,

or give me orders about the work of my hands?

It is I who made the earth

and created mankind upon it.”


In Matthew 18, Jesus speaks at length about the little children, and

says the following in the parable of the lost sheep: “See that you do

not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels

in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think?

If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not

leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that

wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about

that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In

the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these

little ones should perish.” — verses 10:14


Jesus was specifically talking about the little ones who are despised

who are at risk of perishing, and he makes it clear that God is not

willing that any of them should die! In today’s society, are not these

despised little ones children conceived in rape? There is no other

people group today that are as systematically targeted and despised as

the child conceived in rape. But God isn’t about making exceptions.

These children are His priority!


4. So does that mean that God intends rape?


No! God gave people free will because love requires free will. He wants

us to be obedient out of love. Tragically, against the law of God, some

use that free will to harm others, as when Joseph’s brothers sold him

into slavery. But what they intended for evil, God used it for good. See

Genesis 50: 19-21. It’s a theme we see throughout Scripture, including

the death and resurrection of our Savior. In Isaiah 63:3, we see that

for those who are grieving, He will “bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of

praise instead of a spirit of despair.” It’s what God does, and what

He’s famous for! Bringing good out of evil is one of His trademarks.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love

him, who have been called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28


God is not pro-rape, just as valuing my own life does not make me

pro-rape. Mothers can love their children conceived in rape without

being pro-rape. Being Christians does not make us pro-crucifixion, and

neither is God. Sorry if the question seems absurd to some of you, but

please keep in mind that these are actual questions I get asked.


5. If a woman has committed the sin of abortion, is it unforgivable?


No! Jesus died on the cross once for all, for every sin. See Romans

6:10, 1 Peter 3:18, and Hebrews 9:28. “If we confess our sins, his is

faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all

unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 “Repent then and turn to God so that your

sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

— Acts 3:19