Ectopics Created in the Image of God: Personhood, Moral Dilemma, and the Abolition of Abortion

One of the most crucial issues when it comes to the question of what it means to be a human being created by God in His image lies in the foundational ideas of when human life begins and when and how personhood is established, that is, when do we have rights and value? The answers to these questions are critical when it comes to the ethical implications of the subject of abortion, and specifically, to our own moral and biblical duties in regard to ectopic pregnancies. There has been a long-standing moral dilemma when it comes to the issue of ectopic pregnancy (i.e., when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus). This is certainly evident in discussions and debate within the “pro-life movement” and more recent “abolition of abortion movement.” One of the main reasons why it has been considered a difficult and controversial scenario is due to the potential danger to both the ectopic preborn child and mother, both of whom are created in the image of God. This paper will discuss the following specific applicational question in regard to the ectopic dilemma: Is it ever morally acceptable to actively terminate a living ectopic pregnancy, with no true attempt to save the baby’s life? Though a few medical and legal propositions will be considered, as Christians, we must always filter our response through the truth of God’s Word. As a result, this paper will argue that in light of the principles in divine revelation, ectopic babies are indeed human beings created in the image of Almighty God, and therefore, it is never morally or biblically acceptable to actively terminate a living ectopic pregnancy, with no true attempt to save the baby’s life.

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