I'm hoping this thread can remain calm and peaceful. I'd like to know more about what the true views of the Bible would be on abortion. While it appears to be wrong, does the Bible really equate it with murder? I'm asking because of Exodus 21:22. Some people say it only means that a woman gives birth early, but it sure sounds like it means that if he causes a woman to miscarry, there's a fine but if the woman dies, he can be sentenced to death. Combined with the statement in the Bible that life happens when there is breath, this seems to go hand in hand with life not being considered of full human value until birth, which I personally find repugnant as I've always held that life begins at conception. Now I'm confused. Why does there appear to only be a fine for someone causing the death of a fetus if the unborn are considered full human beings with souls? Do the unborn have souls before they take a breath? Does that even matter? PLEASE do not turn this into a debate on abortion. I am only interested in the interpretation of this passage and such. A civil discussion, please, as I try to work this out. I've known about this verse before and it has bothered me, but I either didn't study it out or I forgot that I did. I don't think I did. Maybe I was afraid to.