Albert Mohler, the head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in a recent podcast episode that a person cannot be "a faithful Christian" and be pro-choice.
"Can religious people be pro-abortion, or in this case using the language that they prefer, ‘pro-choice'? Well, the answer is of course religious people can, but I would argue that consistent Christians cannot," Mohler said. "... I do not believe that one can be a faithful Christian and do anything other than uphold and contend for the dignity and sanctity of every single human life, including the life of the unborn."
Mohler asserted that the Bible and church history support the sanctity of life for the unborn. He referenced passages in Genesis that describe the creation of humans as image bearers of God, and in Psalms that describe God knowing David and carefully creating him in the womb.
"But it's not just about knowing about David, it's the fact that God knew David," Mohler said. "That is to say, David was a person already known by God, the omniscient and omnipotent creator."
Mohler also addressed early Christian history, specifically a document called the Didache, which taught Christians to hold to "the way of life" and named numerous early church leaders that taught opposition to abortion.
"Both abortion and infanticide were common in the Roman empire," Mohler said, "but Christians were forbidden to murder any child, born or unborn, and the way of life, as the Didache made clear, honors the sanctity of life."