God Personally Cares for Children in the Womb and Prescribes Punishment for Aborting Them, Rewards for Protecting Them
The civil right of human liberty was emphasized first in this chapter, and is followed by upholding the value of human life. We must respect and protect all lives; and according to Exodus 21:22-23, this includes the defenseless infant maturing in mother’s womb.
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. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
Those who wrongly induced risky premature labor were to cover the consequential costs—what’s more, perpetrators who caused a miscarriage had to be executed! This should not surprise us, for God Himself is mysteriously there in utero, personally forming the baby from his or her earliest existence.