Let us dive right into the Scripture to solidify the Biblical proof that a baby is still a baby, whether born or unborn. Go with me to Luke 1:41-44. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.’ ” Let’s look at the Greek root word for the word, “baby,” in this verse. The Greek word used here is, “brephos,” meaning baby or infant. When we do a word study of brephos in the Bible, we find that this word is the same one used to describe a baby that has also been born, such as baby Jesus in Luke 2:16.
Psalm 139:13 states, “You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” The Hebrew word that is translated as inward parts is, “kilyah,” which can mean organs, or the deepest parts of a person, such as thoughts and emotions. This verse personifies the unborn child to be able to have thoughts and emotions, sentience – not just potential sentience, but sentience. The verses in Luke above also point out to us that the unborn baby in Mary’s womb was also able to feel a feeling, joy, and respond to it. Research studies have proven that babies begin to learn the voice of their mothers inside of the womb and remember it when born. These all prove that babies can do many things in the womb that we do after birth.
Another scripture we can look at together is Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy- the Son of God.” This is perhaps one of my favourite verses in regards to the sanctity of human life from conception. If you read closely you will discover that Jesus had the perfect and pure nature of God from the time of conception. He was referred to as holy in Mary’s womb… not only after He was born. This confirms to us that the importance of each human life begins at conception. It doesn’t suddenly get more important once the baby is out of the womb. From conception each person has a plan and a purpose from God, so we must fight to ensure all babies get the right to life.