NetG,Yup, the situation now is definitely different from that.
What scriptures DO back up the pro-life argument? I always hear "they're in there" but never any actual references. (The Genesis 2-7 was sent to me by a pro-lifer I know.)
Personally, I think of myself as both Pro-Life and Pro-Choice, in that I *hope* I'd only have an abortion if my life were in danger, and I hate abortion as birth control, dislike abortion as accident control (meaning birth control was used but failed), and refuse to judge others for feeling/behaving differently, and believe that the choice should be there, even if I think it should rarely be taken.
In my opinion these (below) scriptures back up or imply the belief that God loves and cares about us while in the womb and would therefore be against abortion. These are taken from the NASB version which is supposed to be the most literal translation.
"Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, and would You destroy me? Remember now, that You have made me as clay; and would You turn me into dust again? Did You not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese; clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews? You have granted me life and lovingkindness; and Your care has preserved my spirit." - Job 10: 8-12
"Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you, do not fear, O Jacob My servant; And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen." - Isaiah 44:2
"Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." - Jeremiah 1:4-5
"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them." - Psalm 139 13-16
"And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him. For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and My God is My strength." - Isaiah 49:5
"Did not He who made me in the womb make him, and the same one fashion us in the womb?" - Job 31:15
"Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, "I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone..." - Isaiah 44:24