Music and Abortion

Scientists have discovered that babies in the womb, as young as 16 weeks, respond to music by ‘dancing’.

“The foetuses responded to the music by moving their mouths or their tongues as if they wanted to speak or sing,” said one of the researchers, Marisa Lopez-Teijon. The research has been published in journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society, Ultrasound.


What this means is that babies’ cognitive faculties, creative faculties, and listening and communication skills are more highly developed at 16 weeks than previously thought.

The more scientists study human beings in the womb, the more wonder, beauty and complexity we discover. As scientific research advances, the findings increasingly demonstrate that embryos are not less human but fully human, and from the very earliest stages.

I am reminded of the words spoken by one excited mum, ‘As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy’ (Luke 1:44).

It was interesting to note that the article in The Australian, while sometimes referring to embryos, also addresses them as babies. The days when scientists and proabortionists justified abortion by claiming embryos were not human has long gone.

This latest research makes the reality of abortions even more appalling. It is a dreadful paradox of our society, that a child who enjoys listening to music in the womb can, on the same day, be killed in the womb.

How can we justify killing a child who in their first weeks of life is being moved by the sounds of Mozart and Bach? Not that responding to music defines their humanity but it further proves their humanity. He or she is not potential life, but is life with a mind and body that is active and alert.

Science is showing us the ignominy of our attitudes toward the unborn, but will we listen? We have longed turned deaf to the Bible’s pleas about the sanctity of life, and I suspect that we will also turn a blind eye to these amazing revelations that are being proven through empirical research.

Through music, science is affirming an ancient theological truth, embryos are people like us. But will we listen?

If you are reading this post as someone who struggles with a past decision to undergo an abortion, I want you to know that the good news of Jesus Christ means that real forgiveness and healing is promised through him. Abortion is wrong, but it is not the unforgivable sin. Again, please contact our church counsellor. If you don’t live near Mentone but are keen to find out more, please contact us and we’ll try to find a suitable church near where you live. 

Hope beyond the fall out of Ashley Madison


There are literally thousands of homes in and around Mentone that have been struck down by revelations through the Ashley Madison hacking. If you have been affected by this website, we want you to know that there is a local church that has resources available to help.  Please read the statement below which was published last week on

Over coming days thousands of marriages along the Bayside corridor of Melbourne will be coming under immense pressure, and sadly many will break. The hacking of the Ashley Madison website has leaked the names and personal details of millions of men and women from across the globe, and the media has since broken down the numbers according to postcodes across Australia.
From Black Rock to Parkdale, and from Bentleigh to Edithvale, between 4-12% of households have have at least one person who has registered a profile on this adultery set-up website.
I imagine that for many people who have been caught up in this, that you are experiencing a range of emotions and thoughts including shame, fear, anxiety, and guilt. If you are thinking about self-harm please call now, Lifeline on 131114. There are trained people at Lifeline to listen and help.

What you should do:

1. Confess to your spouse, sooner than later. Don’t play the victim and don’t make excuses for your behaviour. With gentleness and honesty confess your actions to your spouse.
2. Give them time to process what has happened and don’t make demands on them.
3. Expect a range of responses from your spouse: from shock, disappointment, anger, confusion, and that’s just for starters.
4. Where children are involved, don’t lie to them but neither share more information than is age appropriate. Also, avoid transferring your emotions and thoughts onto the children.
5. Ask for help.
Adultery is not easily fixed, but repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation is possible.

How we can help:

Mentone Baptist Church is a safe place for hurting families and for couples who are wanting to reconcile their marriages. You are welcome to visit, 10am Sundays. You can also contact the Pastors at
We have a trained marriage counsellor who is available to counsel couples through this. Appointments with Faye Ludik can be arranged by emailing
Ultimately, we want to point you to Jesus Christ, because in Jesus we learn that while God doesn’t dismiss our sins or take them lightly, his mercy is greater than our mistakes; God’s love is better than our lust.
As a society we have accepted that casual sex is ok, and even that adultery is ok. Why then, is it so painful? Why does it hurt so much when you learn that your husband or wife has been having sex with someone else?
Perhaps the public will expect Churches to simply criticise and condemn people who have signed up to Ashley Madison. The truth is, our churches are made up of people who’ve realised that they are broken and sinful. Jesus didn’t go to a cross for the ethical elite, but for those who are aware of their guilt and understand that they need One better and purer than themselves in order to save them.
Two of Jesus’ closest friends, Paul and John, wrote the following words which well sum up the Christian message:
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.” (Acts 13:38)
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. (1 John 1)