What does scripture say about abortion? Were there abortions in the biblical times?

While the modern practice of abortion is far different from anything of the biblical era, there are occurrences of a failed pregnancy, either purposefully or not. One example of this is from Numbers 5:11-31 that describes the test of the adulterous wife. If a man was suspicious of his wife's fidelity, he would take her to the high priest, who would make a beverage for the woman to drink made from water and "dust from the tabernacle floor". Supposedly, if she had been unfaithful "her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry," and if she was innocent the drink had no effect.

As for the "pro-life" perspective, the 1st-century Christian text known as the Didache states: "do not murder a child by abortion or kill a new-born infant." Furthermore, Tertullian, a 3rd-century Christian theologian, contended that abortion should be conducted only in situations in which irregular positioning of the fetus in the womb would risk the life of the pregnant woman.

Discover the scripture examples and perspectives of abortion from the collection of Bible Verses below!