The Didache ca 120 A. D.
"Thou shalt not murder a child by abortion." 2:2
"The Way of Death is filled with people who are
... murderers of children and abortionists of
God's creatures." 5:1-2
The Epistle or Barnabas ca 125 A.D.
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor more than thy own
life. Thou shalt not murder a child by abortion."
The Apocalypse of Peter ca 135 A.D.
"I saw a gorge in which the discharge and
excrement of the tortured ran down and became
like a lake. There sat women, and the discharge
came up to their throats; and opposite them sat
many children, who were born prematurely,
weeping. And from them went forth rays of fire
and smote the women on the eyes. These were
those who produced children outside of marriage
and who procured abortions." -26
"Those who slew the unborn children will be
tortured forever, for God wills it to so." -2:264
Clement of Alexandria ca 150-180 A.D.
"Our whole life can go on in observation of the
laws of nature, if we gain dominion over our
desires from the beginning and if we do not kill,
by various means of a perverse art, the human
offspring, born according to the designs of divine
providence; for these women who, if order to
hide their immorality, use abortive drugs which
expel the child completely dead, abort at the same
time their own human feelings." -Paedagogus 2
St. Athenagoras ca 177 A.D.
"We say that women who induce abortions are
murderers, and will have to give account of it to
God. For the same person, would not regard the
child in the womb as a living being and therefore
an object of God's care and then kill it.... But we
are altogether consistent in our conduct. We obey
reason and do not override it." -Legatio 35
Tertullian ca 160-240 A.D.
"For us [Christians] we may not destroy even the
fetus in the womb, while as yet the human being
derives blood from other parts of the body for its
sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier
man-killing; nor does it matter when 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 the seed."
"They [John and Jesus] were both alive while still
in the womb. Elizabeth rejoiced as the infant
leaped in her womb; Mary glorifies the Lord
because Christ within inspired her. Each mother
recognizes her child and is known by her child
who is alive, being not merely souls but also
-De A ninta 26:4
Nlititicilis Felix ca 180-225 A.D.
"There are women who swallow drugs to stifle in
their own womb the beginnings of a man to be -
committing infanticide before they even give
birth to the infant." -Octavius
St. Hippolytus ca 170-236 A.D.
"Reputed believes began to resort to drugs for
producing Sterility and to gird themselves round,
so as to expel what was conceived on account of
their not wanting to have a child either by a slave
or by any paltry fellow, for the sake of their
family and excessive wealth. Behold, into how
great impiety that lawless one has proceeded, by
inculcating adultery and murder at the same
time." -Refutation of all Heresies 9:7
Council of Eivira ca 305 A.D.
"If a woman becomes pregnant by committing
adultery, While her husband is absent, and after
the act she destroys the child, it is proper to keep
her from communion until death, because she has
doubled her crime." -Canon 63
St. Basil the Great ca 330-379 A.D.
"She who has deliberately destroyed a fetus has
to pay the penalty of murder.... here it is not only
the child to be born that is vindicated, but also
the woman herself who made an attempt against
her own life, because usually the women die in
such attempts. Furthermore, added to this is the
destruction of the child, another murder." -Letter
"Moreover, those, too, who give drugs causing
abortion are deliberate murderers themselves, as
well as those receiving the poison which kills the-
fetus." -Letter 188:2
St. Ambrose of Milan ca 339-397 A.D.
The wealthy, in order that their inheritance may
not be divided among several, deny in the very
womb their own progeny. By use of' parricidal
mixtures they snuff out the fruit of their wombs
in the genital organs themselves. In this way life
is taken away before it is born .... Who except
man himself has taught us ways of repudiating
St. Jerome ca 342-420 A.D.
"They drink potions to ensure sterility and are
guilty of murdering a human being not yet
conceived. Some, when they learn that they are
with child through sin, practice abortion by the
use of drugs. Frequently they die themselves and
are brought before the rulers of the lower world
guilty of three crimes: suicide, adultery against
Christ, and murder of an unborn child." -Letter
The Apostolic Constitutions ca 380 A.D.
"Thou shalt not slay the child by causing
abortion, nor kill that which is begotten. For
everything that is shaped, and his received a soul
from God, if slain, it shall be avenged, as being
unjustly destroyed." ,-7:3
St. John Chrysostom ca 340-407 A.D.
"Why sow where the ground makes it its care to
destroy the fruit? Where there are many efforts at
abortion? Where there is murder before the birth?
For you do not even let the harlot remain a mere
harlot, but make her a murderer also. You see
how drunkenness leads to whoredom, whoredom
to adultery, adultery to murder; or rather
something even worse than murder. For I have
no real name to give it, since it does not destroy
the thing born but prevents its being born. Why
then do you abuse the gift of God and fight with
His laws, and follow after what is a curse as if a
blessing, and make the place of procreation a
chamber for murder, and arm the woman that
was given for childbearing unto slaughter?
-Homily 24 on Romans
For those who would say that the early Church
was silent on the question of murdering unborn children,
even the few select quotations quoted above from the
Church Fathers give witness to the contrary.
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