Old Testament on Abortion
Vaught was one of the leading abortion opponents among Little Rock clergy, but he said he shared some of Clinton's ambivalence, having personally witnessed "some extremely difficult" pregnancies. He was not convinced that the Bible forbade abortion in all circumstances.
The minister went to his Bible to reconsider, after which Vaught determined that in the origina Hebrew, "personhood" stemmed from words translated as "to breathe life into." Thus, he averred, the Bible would define a person's life as beginning at birth, with the first intake of breath. He reportedly told the governor that this did not mean that abortion was right, but he felt one could not say definitively, based on Scripture, that it was murder.
In all of his discussions about abortion thereafter, Clinton relied on his minister's interpretation to bolster his pro-choice position.
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