Verses 22-25 “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
23And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life.
24Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
25Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”
This passage is exceedingly important to the modern day discussion of abortion because it tells us God’s estimate of the value of unborn human life. The unborn child has rights which are observed by the Lord. If a pregnant woman is injured through misconduct and she gives birth prematurely and the baby lives and is healthy, the offender would pay a fine. But if death results from the injury (i.e., if the baby dies), then the life of the offender should be taken. The death of the unborn baby should be looked upon as murder.
We are not suggesting that those who get abortions today should be put to death. Nor are we suggesting that doctors who perform abortions should get the death penalty. In this age of grace, God tempers with mercy the Old Testament laws. But what we are saying is that we should heed God’s evaluation of human life, and we should stand against the horrible killing of the unborn.