• Joly Fahim

OCCM Webinar: Abortion – The Sanctity of Life by Fr. Asmerom Hagos

Updated: Mar 22

Joly Fahim | 31 December 2020

Joly is a graduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston. In this post, she summarizes the OCCM webinar led by Fr. Asmerom Hagos, which discussed abortion and the sanctity of life.


  1. The Sanctity of Life

  2. Human life is sacred, holy, and precious and therefore must be protected

  3. In Genesis 1:26-27, we find that God said let us make mankind in His image and likeness, so that they may rule over all the creatures, evidently showing that humans were precious to God

  4. We find that God also formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into man the Breath of Life. Our livelihood, the very reason we are called living being, stems for the Lord’s precious breath of life in us

  5. God has a plan for each of us

  6. In Jeremiah 1:4-5, God says “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you.” Just as God knew Jeremiah the prophet prior to his creation, our Lord knows each of the unborn infants

  7. The Personhood of the Unborn

  8. Feast of the Conception of St. John the Baptist

  9. In Luke 1 :5, the angel tells Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth will have a son and indicates that his name will be John, evidently showing our uniqueness in the eye of God, addressing each of us by name

  10. The Move for Joy

  11. When Elizabeth heard the voice of St. Mary, the baby made a sudden move for joy, indicating the livelihood of the child and his spiritual connection to his creator, even in the developmental stages

  12. In Luke 1:41 and in Luke 2:11-12, when God was talking about Elizabeth’s unborn child and St. Mary’s child respectively, both babies were referred to using the Greek word brephos, despite Elizabeth’s child being unborn while St. Mary’s child was born. In God’s eyes, both cases are living creatures who glorify Him. The discrimination between living and non-living depending on the trimester does not apply

  13. Whose body is it?

  14. The actual individuals involved are:

  15. Mother

  16. Father

  17. Baby

  18. Doctor

  19. However, our body is the dwelling place of God

  20. In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, it says “Do you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” then later says “…for we are the temple of the living God; as God said ‘I will live in them, and move them, and that temple you are.'” Both of these verses not only establish us as temples of God, but also establishes that our actual physical bodies belongs to our creator and exist for His glorification

  21. It is not a woman’s right to decide what to do with the child

  22. Besides terminating a life precious to God, individuals argue that the child is a part of the woman’s body and therefore she is free to do with it what she pleases. Biologically, this is untrue. The fetus is a genetically unique organism and is therefore genetically different from the parents. As far as organisms are concerned, they are two different and equal organisms

  23. Church Beliefs

  24. Life begins at conception

  25. The fetus is regarded as a living being that is genetically different, although entirely dependent on the mother

  26. As a result, the fetus has the right to life and dignity

  27. There is no right to end a life

  28. As established earlier, our Lord’s breath of life, making us living beings, is the same breath of life in unborn children

  29. As seen from biblical evidence, these living beings have a spiritual connection to their creator and are made to glorify Him

  30. Biologically, since the mother and the child are two separate organisms, the mother cannot regard the child as part of her own body, although it should be noted that the mother cannot harm her own body either

  31. An Exception

  32. The only exception is if the child harms the mother’s health, a situation which, due to medical advances, is currently very rare

  33. Human Life must be Protected

  34. In Proverbs 24:11-12, we are told to rescue those being led away to death and hold back those staggering toward slaughter. In Proverbs 6:16-17, God says that there are seven things that are an abomination to him, one of which is shedding innocent blood. As such, unborn life must be protected

  35. How can YOU help?

  36. Pray

  37. At the end of the day, this is a spiritual battle, and we need to make it evident that seeking Him will result in forgiveness because He is gracious

  38. Get involved in the pro-life movement

  39. You can vote for pro-life candidates, or against judges and legislators who are pro-choice

  40. Volunteer for organizations that assist single or young parents. Supporting these individuals can be a factor in their salvation



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