Along quite a few roadways in America is a billboard that says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” This quote, from Jeremiah 1:5, is attributed to “God.” Next to the quote is a depiction of a human fetus.
In the verse, anti-abortion zealots find their justification for doing everything possible to eviscerate women’s reproductive rights by outlawing abortion. The message is also available on a bumper sticker, often adorning vehicles driven by people with “In God We Trust” on their license plates.
The other Bible passage popular with anti-abortion activists is Psalm 139:13-16, which says, “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.” It should be emphasized that abortion is not prohibited or condemned in this lengthy extract.