This post on CNN traces a little of the history of the religious opposition to abortion. In 1968, Prof. Bruce Waltke of the Dallas Theological Seminary explained that life begins at birth:
God does not regard the fetus as a soul, no matter how far gestation has progressed. The Law plainly exacts: ‘If a man kills any human life he will be put to death’ (Lev. 24:17). But according to Exodus 21:22–24, the destruction of the fetus is not a capital offense… Clearly, then, in contrast to the mother, the fetus is not reckoned as a soul.
Jerry Falwell, of Campari fame, led the charge in the thinking changing people’s opinion about what the Bible always said, and wrote “The Bible clearly states that life begins at conception… (Abortion) is murder according to the Word of God.”
Yeah, clearly. Just interesting to note that what people say is and always was the unerring word of God wasn’t the word of God until a few years ago.
Edit: yeah, I don’t know why my wordpress theme likes to make little pictures out of hyphens. This is not the first time I fell victim to this.