"You shall not kill the child by obtaining an abortion. Nor,
again, shall you destroy him after he is born." St. Barnabas ("Epistle of St. Barnabas," c.
"You shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one who has been
born." "The Didache [The Teaching Of
The Twelve Apostles]" (c. 80-140 A.D.)
"Women who were reputed believers began to resort to drugs for
producing sterility. They also girded themselves around, so as to expel
what was being conceived. For they did not wish to have a child by either
slave or by any common fellow - out of concern for their family and their
excessive wealth. See what a great impiety the lawless one has
advanced! He teaches adultery and murder at the same time!" St. Hipploytus ("Refutation Of All Heresies," c.
"He [the schismatic Novatian] struck the womb of his wife with his
heel and hurried an abortion, thereby causing parricide." St. Cyprian of Carthage ("Epistle 52 To Cornelius," c. 251 A.D.)
"A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for
murder. And any fine distinction as to its being completely formed or
unformed is not admissible amongst us." St.
Basil the Great ("Epistle 138," c. 375 A.D.)
"Others drink for sterility and commit murder on the human not yet
sown. Some when they sense that they have conceived by sin, consider the
poisons for abortion, and frequently die themselves along with it, and go to
Hell guilty of three crimes: murdering themselves, committing adultery
against Christ, and murder against their unborn child." St. Jerome ("Epistle 22," c. 380 A.D.)
"The rich women, to avoid dividing the inheritance among many, kill their
own fetus in the womb and with murderous juices extinguish in the genital
chamber their children." St. Ambrose
("On the Hexaemeron," c. 386 A.D.)
"To destroy the fetus 'is something worse than murder.' The one who
does this 'does not take away life that has already been born, but prevents it
from being born.'" St.
Chrysostom ("Homilies on Romans," c. 391 A.D.)
BELIEFS & ISSUES
EARLY CHURCH BELIEVED
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