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It's The Mother Or The Child

What should be done, according to the Bible, in a situation where a married couple is pregnant, but has been informed that if they go through with the pregnancy the mother's life will be put highly at risk? What do you do? Protect the mother and the marriage or the child?

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The life of the fetus is also highly at risk if the mother's life is at risk. The fetus is dependent on the mother. Protect and save the mother first! Even in life-threatening situations in an airplane ride, when oxygen levels drops, it is always advised that the mother put on the oxygen mask first before putting on the child's mask. Save the mother first!
---bebet3754 on 6/8/08

THis is one of the only true areas that should be included in the abortion debate. since life is at risk in both cases. There isn't a clear answer, because you could proof text support for both sides. if you answer and give your opinion I hope you all strongly consider that this is a very tough ethical issue that can't be given a pat answer. Families that face this have love for the child and love for the mother/spouse, in many cases one must be sacrificed for the good of the other.
---Jared on 5/3/07

In the Old Testament I read where God ordered abortions under certain cercumstances. (I think for punishment to the woman who was an adulturer, but not sure).
---sue on 5/3/07

After my mom got had my sister, the Doctor told her not to have anymore kids it could kill her and the baby. Well, that didn't happen because I'm here. She died while giving birth to me, I wasn't breathing, when I did come out I took her womb and all. God had his hand upon us both. Mom lived to be 55 years old (2001). And I'll be 32 next month. I can't tell others what to do. I was told that if I had any more kids, I and the baby could die. I didn't want to take that chance so I had a tubal.
---Rebecca_D on 5/2/07

The Bible does not allow for abortion at all, and if the fetus is harmed during an altercation there are penalties to the one who caused the harm. Exodus 21:22.

The early Christians also forbade abortion under any circumstances Didache.

In the RCC, abortion is always condemned, but if in the process of saving a mother's life the child's life is lost due to circumstances beyond the control of the doctor, that is tragic but acceptable.
---lorra8574 on 5/2/07

P2. It is a matter of intent. Saving a life has risks, but if the intent is to kill the child that is always murder and a violation of God's Law.

In this day and in our richer nations, women are seldom at risk. In those cases that do arise, we have the medical know how to usually save both. In rare cases, only the one with the best chance of survival can be saved, ususally the mother.
---lorra8574 on 5/2/07

|I would say that the answer is to trust the Lord to knowe what to do. This is never a good excuse to murder the phoetus.
---mike8384 on 5/2/07

I have spoken with several women who had abortions and all of them were done for birth control only!

Birth control is to prevent conception. Abortion is terminating an already conceived child's life. Abortion as birth control is illogical.
---RJ on 11/27/06

Few cases are as clear-cut as the ones mentioned. What kind and how much risk does the mother face?
"Risk" to mothers health has been used as an excuse for countless un-needed abortions (as in partial birth abortion which, at that late date, is more difficult and dangerous than normal childbirth). But if the risk is GENUINE, a mother needs to consider not herself only, but her husband and the needs of the children she may already have.
---Donna2277 on 10/30/06

This is a dilemma most of us hope we will never have to face. I knew a young lady who was diagnosed with cancer soon after becoming pregnant with her third child. She first had an abortion, then the mastectomy, then chemotherapy (which would have killed the child anyway). Without the chemo she would have died. I hate abortion but I cannot say absolutely that, had that been me, I would not have made the same decision. We cannot say unless we are in that position.
---emg on 10/29/06

I had a friend, who at 26 years old was pregnant with her second child. She developed a lump in her breast. They did a biopsy and discovered it to be a fast moving cancer. The couple decided to induce labor and held their baby for a few hours before it died. Our church supported them through this. The woman had a mastectomy, and her lymph nodes removed. She fought the cancer for a year and a half, but the Lord took her home when her older child was four. I do not judge them for this at all.
---Madison1101 on 10/28/06

I have spoken with several women who had abortions and all of them were done for birth control only!
---Susie on 10/28/06

Here we are dealing with the case of a life-for-a-life.

Perhaps the unborn child can be looked upon as an attacker.

But let's also be honest. How many abortions are done because the PHYSICAL LIFE of the woman is in danger? Rape and incest account for less than 3%.
---Jack on 10/27/06

Seek the Lord EVERY single day. Ask Father God, "What should I do?" Lord please show me what should I do? Only Father God has the correct answer. God will show you if you ask him for his advice. Go to his word after you pray and let him give you a scripture to guide you. I did that when my mother was dying and He gave me scriptures on healing, I began to speak them over my mother and she got healed. SEEK GOD AND ASK HIM!!!!
---Donna9759 on 10/26/06

This is a hard question and only the couple can answer it. I had a friend who was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer while she was pregnant. She was told to abort so she could receive immediate treatment for the cancer so she would not die. She chose the life of her child (was the mother of 3 already) over her life. She died of cancer within a year of her daughter's birth. She felt she did the right thing and did not regret it to the end.
---marya4598 on 10/26/06

Have faith in the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead..God does not make mistakes, man does.
---Lynn on 10/25/06

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veery difficult dilemma, u need to seek God with a few trusted friends get HIS WORD and act accordingly.He will give you the answer as He will never leave point if mum dies during pregnancy the baby could as well.sommaybe saving mum will mean 1 lost life not2? but seek what God says to you God bless
---doree4573 on 10/25/06

I have seen this very situation. The parents chose to go ahead with the birth and both mother and child are fine. Although I do not believe in abortion, I do think that a woman's decision on this kind of matter should be strictly between her and God with the help of a competent doctor (not Planned Parenthood, etc).
---Susie on 10/25/06

We serve a mighty God and it is totally possible for God to bring forth a healthy baby while at the same time taking care of the mother. I would wait and trust in God holding on to faith that nothing is impossible with Him,believing both will come through safely. Doctors can be right but still not be right for a Christian who has the faith to pray and seek the move of God. Trust and Pray. If God can lead a person He can also take them through anything.
---Darlene_1 on 10/25/06

What a test, we can believe the phrophets of doom, or have faith and trust Jesus.

Are you really going to see him face to face when you die, will he really wipe every tear from our eye?
His comings and goings are from old and in the truth of his resurrection we may stand bold.
Only you can decide what to do, but I serve a God who makes all things new.
---Pharisee on 10/25/06

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I heard of this happening:

About three months after a woman was confirmed to be pregnant, she was diagnosed with cancer of the cervix.

One might make a point that to attempt to carry the baby to term would severely jeapordize her life.

She chose to wait 8 months, have the babies (they were twins!) delivered by C-section, and then have a total hysterectomy.
---Jack on 10/25/06

It is lawful to remove a child only if it is dead! She shall sacrifice herself, that her child can live.
---John on 10/25/06

The answer to this question is easy if you believe like I do. I believe the infant's soul and spirit will be in heaven with the Lord immediately. Now has for the adult mother there may be doubt or a question better save the mother.
---mima on 10/25/06

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