ngoodman: you obviously have a Bible and obviously haven't got a clue as to God's purpose for His Chosen People of Israel. Israel's tremendous impact on the world was waning - fast. The nation had turned from God to false idols and now they wanted to great riches. This was a judgement from God upon a nation that had turned away from God. Whatever gave you the idea that miscarrying was the same as an abortion? Abortion is deliberate. A woman has no control over a miscarriage. Get a Bible survey!