Nicaragua is now picking up where South Dakota left off, banning abortion in all circumstances, and that means ALL. This is obviously a result of the most conservative impulses of a Cathlic Church in other ways more liberal than most protestants. But why? From where does the religious right, protestant or Catholic, get their doctrine about abortion? Certainly not the Bible.
Exodus 21:22, “The Message” Translation-
“”When there’s a fight and in the fight a pregnant woman is hit so that she miscarries but is not otherwise hurt, the one responsible has to pay whatever the husband demands in compensation. But if there is further damage, then you must give life for life—eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. ”
Notice two things about this – The fetus matters only insomuch as its father wants it to. It has no individual rights whatsoever; until it is born it has value is only insofar as it is valued by its parents. This is significantly less pro-life than most Americans are, even those who are moderately pro-choice.
Secondly, the woman does matter. Lose the fetus? No big deal. Hurt the woman, and you get punished. An obvious distinction between the living woman and the potentially living, but unborn, fetus. And they had this figured out 3000 years ago. Where’s your biblical literalism now?