I would say the answer is none.

Perhaps you are referring to the statement of Job in Job 3:11, 12 in which
he was so worn out and full of grief that in an emotional outburst he
declared; “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?
Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed.” In
this emotional cry, Job is saying that he might have preferred to be
stillborn (ie to have come forth dead from his mother’s womb), rather than
to face the horrible events of life which he was experiencing. In this
passage, Job is not saying he wishes that someone had aborted him,
although one could argue that this is the emotional equivalent. To wish to
be still born is to wish to die. To wish to have been aborted is to wish
to die and also to wish that your mother commit an act of murder on her
own child, which would be a truly selfish desire to say the least. I would
not put that horrible thought into Job’s mind, even in the extremus of his

John Oakes, PhD

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