Abortion as we know it today was not practiced in biblical times, and the Bible never specifically mentions the issue of abortion. It is clear from the Scriptures that an unborn baby is known by the Lord, even from the time of conception (Psalm 139:13-16). Although the Bible does not mention abortion or aborted babies, we do have two keys to help us unlock the answer to the question of whether the souls of aborted babies go to heaven.
The first key is from the only passage in the Bible where something specific is said about the death of infants. In 2 Samuel 12 we learn of David’s affair with Bathsheba, another man’s wife. David was informed by the prophet Nathan that the child produced by that union would die. David then began to fast and pray, asking the Lord to not carry out His judgment. When the child did die, David got up from praying and fasting and ate something.
When asked about this behavior, David uttered the words recorded in 2 Samuel 12:23, “now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” David’s words reflect a clear understanding that the child could not come back to earth, but David would be with his child one day in heaven. This indicates not only David’s assurance of his own future in heaven (Psalm 23:6), but also the assurance that his child would share that future. From this incident, we can conclude that infants, both born and unborn, are destined for heaven.
The second key to dealing with this issue is an understanding of the character or attributes of God. A study of the attributes of God helps us understand how He works. A God of pure justice would not punish children for sins they never committed, for the Bible teaches us that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Neither an unborn child nor an aborted baby has had the opportunity to sin and therefore is not subject to the judgment reserved for sinners. Further, God reveals Himself as a God who is good (Psalm 52:1) and as the perfect Judge (Genesis 18:25). In this Genesis passage we find Abraham express the heartfelt thought, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The answer is an emphatic “yes.” A good, righteous and holy God would not punish an unborn child with an eternity in hell. Psalm 145:17 tells us, “The LORD is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.”
Without a specific passage that answers the initial question asked about the souls of aborted babies, and based on God’s love, His goodness, His righteousness, and His perfect justice, it is appropriate to conclude that these precious children are immediately in the presence of God when their lives are cut short by the act of an abortion. God bless you!!! :):)