As a Democratic presidential candidate in 2019, Pete Buttigieg sacrilegiously claimed the Bible supports abortion. The gay politician, who was baptized Catholic, unscientifically ignored the biological role of an umbilical cord and conjectured that preborn babies aren't living because they don't breathe air through their mouths and noses into their lungs.
Specifically, Buttigieg made this flaccid appeal to Scripture: "There's a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath."
A living baby, however, must take in oxygen through his mother's umbilical cord in order to live. Without this oxygenative process, the heart would stop beating, brain waves would cease and the growing body would then decay.
So much for leftists "following the science."
Now, Adam did not have a biological mother or a belly button. So when Moses, in Genesis 2:7, relates that God "breathed into his face the breath of life," he is speaking of a unique act of creation on God's part.
But all that aside, the Bible gives sundry indications that unborn babies are, indeed, alive. Saint John the Baptist, for instance, was in St. Elizabeth's womb when he leaped for joy in the presence of Jesus, Who was in Mary's womb.
The Gospel of Luke (1:41–44) recounts, "And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary ... she cried out ... 'Behold, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.'"
Furthermore, the prophet in Jeremias 1:5 recites God's testimony: "Before I formed you in the bowels of your mother, I knew you: and before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you and made you a prophet unto the nations."
Personal identity as a child of God, therefore, begins in the womb. Witnessing to this fact, Psalm 21:10–11 reads, "For thou art He that has drawn me out of the womb. ... I was cast upon Thee from the womb. From my mother's womb, Thou art my God."
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