Should a woman plan to abort and seek forgiveness later?
Yes, God forgives sin (1 John 1:9), and countless women testify of finding forgiveness in Christ after an abortion. That doesn't mean, however, that we advise or condone willful sin.
First of all, the Bible says "no murderer has eternal life" (1 John 3:15). God has forgiven murderers (David, Paul, Moses), but they did not continue to commit murder after being forgiven. Similarly, the lifestyle that often brings women to consider abortion must be confessed and forsaken (1 John 3:9 and Romans 6:1-2).
A woman who plans to abort should examine herself, clarify her understanding of the Gospel, and consider the danger she is in (2 Corinthians 13:5).
The Bible calls this kind of sin "presumptuous," because the sinner presumes upon God's grace. By making an abortion plan a woman also presumes upon herself. Afterward, she may not feel like seeking God's grace. She may be so overcome by guilt she turns from God and not even think to ask for mercy. The consequences of sin may cause her life to spiral viciously downward.
So what advice can be given someone who is tempted by abortion? First, she should be urged to consider her actions in light of God's holiness: "What does God think of abortion?" Then she should be challenged to turn her thoughts from “Will God forgive me if I abort?” to “How will God help me avoid the sin of abortion?”
Don't 'dis' God
God is completely holy. He cannot ignore sin. His holiness demanded justice and was only satisfied when His perfect Son Jesus died on the cross. Grace and mercy came at a terrible cost. It is, therefore, no joking matter to succumb to the spirit of our age that says, “It's better to ask forgiveness than seek permission.” Therefore . . .
DON'T DISBELIEVE GOD by thinking, “God can't or won't help me avoid the sin of abortion.”
DON'T DISOBEY GOD by refusing to follow His commands concerning the life of your unborn child.
DON'T DISHONOR GOD by continuing in your plan to sin while bearing His name.
Explore and expect God's goodness
As dark and desperate as your situation may be, find encouragement in the story of Hagar in Genesis 16. Hagar grew in her understanding of a gracious God during a difficult pregnancy. God saw her distress, made a plan for her and her baby, and provided for all their needs. A woman tempted by abortion can:
THANK GOD for placing in her heart the conviction that abortion is wrong.
TRUST GOD to reveal the escape from temptation that He has promised to provide. Jesus invites her to come boldly before His Throne in her time of need. His mercy and grace are available to strengthen her for overcoming temptation (Psalm 19:13, 1 Corinthians 10:13, and Hebrews 4:15-16).
SEEK GOD'S GUIDANCE and accept the help of others to discover alternatives to abortion that may have been overlooked.
Abortion is never a solution to problems. If God is great enough to forgive abortion, isn't He also great enough to help you avoid abortion? You can trust Him with your life and with the life of your baby.