Barros points to another Old Testament passage, Exodus 21:22-23:

“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life.”

Barros does not believe this command is one to be followed today, but nonetheless derives from the passage a clue to the value of unborn life. “[God] required the death penalty to someone that even by accident caused a miscarriage: two men fighting and accidentally hurting a woman that is pregnant,” Barros said. “It says ‘life for life’ — God looks at that baby as a person with all the rights of a person. It doesn’t matter if someone thinks a baby doesn’t have the right to use a woman’s womb. That’s the way God designed it from the beginning.”

Barros points out that there are effective ways and ineffective ways to go about pro-life efforts.

“So many people that do what we do make a terrible mistake in that they come in the morning for an hour or two and start screaming at people, mostly, and then turn around and do this thing they call ‘kicking the dust off their feet’ — which is totally out of context out of the Bible — and leave, and then go sit at the coffee shop for three hours and talk about how persecuted they were,” Barros said. “But the thing they don’t understand is that God’s timetable is not ours. His Word takes a while, depending on the person.”

When asked why Barros does what he does, he said, not referring to himself, “He is able.”

Lyon Sipe, who assists John Barros part-time with his efforts, preaches outside Orlando's abortion mill on "late-term day," Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.
Lydon Sipe, who part-time assists John Barros with his efforts, preaches outside Orlando’s abortion clinic on “late-term day,” Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

 

Further study

Roe v. Wade, Legal Information Institute

New Twist for a Landmark Case: Roe v. Wade becomes Roe v. Roe, The New York Times

Who Will Stand?, John Barros’ pro-life ministry

A Voice for the Voiceless: An Interview with John Barros, Renewing Your Mind

Manhattan Declaration

Abortion, A Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul

Operation Save America, Rusty Thomas’ pro-life ministry

180, documentary about pro-life efforts

The Apology, Heroic Media

Understanding Personhood, W. Robert Godfrey

Imago Dei, Mark E. Ross

The Ethics of Personhood, Justin Holcomb

Abortion, Randy Alcorn

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