abortion and the Christian

Abortion has been around for a long time – at least since before the beginning of the Christian church. And it has always been considered to be wrong. 

Here are a few quotes from various sources to show what the church has taught. There was never any question about abortion. It’s been wrong within Christianity since the very beginning.

The Didache  
“The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a newborn child” (Didache 2:1-2 [A.D. 70] http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/didache-roberts.html). 

The Letter of Barnabas
“Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born” (Letter of Barnabas 19 [A.D. 74 ] http://www.tertullian.org/fathers2/ANF-01/anf01-41.htm#P3431_584777). 

Athenagoras
“We say that those women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murder, and will have to give an account to God for the abortion, on what principle should we commit murder? For it does not belong to the same person to regard the very fetus in the womb as a created being, and therefore an object of God’s care, and when it has passed into life, to kill it; and not to expose an infant, because those who expose them are chargeable with child-murder, and on the other hand, when it has been reared to destroy it” (A Plea for the Christians 35 [A.D. 177] http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/hcc2.v.xv.xvii.html?highlight=abortion#highlight). 

Tertullian
“In our case, a murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from the other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in its seed” (Apology 9:8 [A.D. 197] http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf03.iv.iii.ix.html?highlight=murder,womb#highlight).

 

HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME (170-236 AD) “Women who were reputed to be believers began to take drugs … to expel what was conceived, since they did not want to have a child. See then what great impiety that lawless one [Emperor Callistus] has fallen to, by teaching both adultery and murder at the same time.” (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iii.iii.vii.viii.html?highlight=expel#highlight)

Other quotes can be found here: http://www.cpforlife.org/teaching_against_abortion.htm

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