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The Abortion fight throughout  the centuries The body of Christ has had to fight for the sanctity of life for millennia, across the world. Around the time Jesus walked this Earth, the people of Rome were using abortion. The Romans practised abortion as Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79) states in his “The Natural History”, he discusses causes and preventatives of abortion, the morality of abortion, various contraceptives, etc.: Book VII, Chapter IV: “Pregnant women, on the other hand, are in the greatest danger during the fourth and the eighth month, and abortions during these periods are fatal.” The Romans were not the only cultures to practice abortion. Below are some of your brothers and sisters historical responses. They saw the same tide of destruction in their generation, as we see today. We should be inspired by their clarion call to protect our societies most vulnerable. They are a great cloud of witnesses calling us to the fight. The Teachings of the Apostles or Didache said "You shall not kill that which is born” Robinson, J. Armitage (translator), ed. (1920). "Didache". Barnabas, Hermar and the Didache. D.ii.2c. NY: The MacMillan Co. p. 112. Letter of Barnabas, (probably written between the years 70 – 131) “You shall not slay a child by procuring an abortion, nor shall you destroy it after it is born. (ch. 19) Athenagoras, (133 - 190) “When 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 the same person would not regard the very fetus in the womb as a created being, and therefore an object of God’s care, and then, when it has passed into life, kill it. Nor would the same person avoid exposing an infant, because those who expose them are chargeable with child-murder, then, on the other hand, when it has been reared, destroy it. (A Plea for the Christians 35) Tertullian, (155 - 210) “For us, since we have forbidden murder once and for all, we may not even destroy the fetus in the womb, even though at that point the human being still derives its blood from other parts of the body for sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier killing of a man. Nor does it matter whether you take a way a life that is born or destroy one that is preparing to be born. It is a human if it is going to be a human. You already have the fruit in its seed.” (Apology 9) John Chrysostom (347-407) 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 even the harlot thou dost not let continue a mere harlot, but makest 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 name to give it, since it does not take off the thing born, but prevents its being born. Why then dost thou abuse the gift of God, and fight with His laws, and follow after what is a curse as if a blessing, and make the chamber of procreation a chamber for murder, and arm the woman that was given for childbearing unto slaughter? Homily 24 on Romans Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Sometimes, indeed, this lustful cruelty, or if you please, cruel lust, resorts to such extravagant methods as to use poisonous drugs to secure barrenness; or else, if unsuccessful in this, to destroy the conceived seed by some means previous to birth, preferring that its offspring should rather perish than receive vitality; or if it was advancing to life within the womb, should be slain before it was born. -De Nube et Concupiscentia 1.17 (15) Caesarius, Bishop of Arles (470-543) Excerpt from a sermon of St. Caesarius No woman should take drugs for purposes of abortion, nor should she kill her children that have been conceived or are already born. If anyone does this, she should know that before Christ’s tribunal she will have to plead her case in the presence of those she has killed. Moreover, women should not take diabolical draughts with the purpose of not being able to conceive children. A woman who does this ought to realize that she will be guilty of as many murders as the number of children she might have borne. I would like to know whether a woman of nobility who takes deadly drugs to prevent conception wants her maids or tenants to do so. Just as every woman wants slaves born for her so that they may serve her, so she herself should nurse all the children she conceives, or entrust them to others for rearing. Otherwise, she may refuse to conceive children or, what is more serious, be willing to kill souls which might have been good Christians. Now, with what kind of a conscience does she desire slaves to be born of her servants, when she herself refuses to bear children who might become Christians? Martin Luther: (1483 -1546) “the begetting of children is wonderfully pleasing to [God] … He is not hostile to children, as we are.’ Then he added: ‘How great, therefore, the wickedness of human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God! Indeed, some spouses who marry and live together in a respectable manner have various ends in mind, but rarely children.’ The God who declares that we are to be fruitful and multiply regards it as a great evil when human beings destroy their offspring.” (Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 26-30, c. summer 1542, tr. George V. Schick and Paul D. Pahl; in Luther's Works, v. 5)   "Even if all the world were to combine forces, they could not bring about the conception of a single child in any woman's womb nor cause it to be born; that is wholly the work of God." (Luther's Works, VII, 21) John Calvin (1509-1564) “the foetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being’. Referring to Exodus 21:22-25, ‘If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a foetus in the womb before it has come to light.’ (Commentarius in Exodum, 21,22) Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) "Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to life which God has bestowed on this nascent life ... And that is nothing but murder. (Ethics, pp.175-176.) Mother Teresa: (1910 - 1997) During a speech at the 2/1994 National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa said: "The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child…And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"   Alveda King (Martin Luther King Jr.s niece) (1951 -  ) “What would Martin Luther King say if he saw the skulls of babies at the bottom of abortion pits? If Martin Luther King’s dream is to live, our babies must live. We have been fuelled by the fires of women’s rights. What about the rights of the baby who is artificially breached. We can’t sit idly by and allow legal murder.” (Martin Luther King’s Niece Supports Right To Life, Boston University Daily Free Press, 18 January 2000, p.1)
The Abortion fight throughout  the centuries The body of Christ has had to fight for the sanctity of life for millennia, across the world. Around the time Jesus walked this Earth, the people of Rome were using abortion.The Romans practised abortion as Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79) states in his “The Natural History”, he discusses causes and preventatives of abortion, the morality of abortion, various contraceptives, etc.: Book VII, Chapter IV: “Pregnant women, on the other hand, are in the greatest danger during the fourth and the eighth month, and abortions during these periods are fatal.” The Romans were not the only cultures to practice abortion. Below are some of your brothers and sisters historical responses. They saw the same tide of destruction in their generation, as we see today. We should be inspired by their clarion call to protect our societies most vulnerable. They are a great cloud of witnesses calling us to the fight. The Teachings of the Apostles or Didache said "You shall not kill that which is born” Robinson, J. Armitage (translator), ed. (1920). "Didache". Barnabas, Hermar and the Didache. D.ii.2c. NY: The MacMillan Co. p. 112. Letter of Barnabas, A.D. 80 - 130  “You shall not slay a child by procuring an abortion, nor shall you destroy it after it is born. (ch. 19) Athenagoras, A.D. 177 “When 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 the same person would not regard the very fetus in the womb as a created being, and therefore an object of God’s care, and then, when it has passed into life, kill it. Nor would the same person avoid exposing an infant, because those who expose them are chargeable with child-murder, then, on the other hand, when it has been reared, destroy it. (A Plea for the Christians 35) Tertullian, c. A.D. 210 “For us, since we have forbidden murder once and for all, we may not even destroy the fetus in the womb, even though at that point the human being still derives its blood from other parts of the body for sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier killing of a man. Nor does it matter whether you take a way a life that is born or destroy one that is preparing to be born. It is a human if it is going to be a human. You already have the fruit in its seed.” (Apology 9) John Chrysostom (347-407) 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 even the harlot thou dost not let continue a mere harlot, but makest 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 name to give it, since it does not take off the thing born, but prevents its being born. Why then dost thou abuse the gift of God, and fight with His laws, and follow after what is a curse as if a blessing, and make the chamber of procreation a chamber for murder, and arm the woman that was given for childbearing unto slaughter? Homily 24 on Romans Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Sometimes, indeed, this lustful cruelty, or if you please, cruel lust, resorts to such extravagant methods as to use poisonous drugs to secure barrenness; or else, if unsuccessful in this, to destroy the conceived seed by some means previous to birth, preferring that its offspring should rather perish than receive vitality; or if it was advancing to life within the womb, should be slain before it was born. -De Nube et Concupiscentia 1.17 (15) Caesarius, Bishop of Arles (470-543) Excerpt from a sermon of St. Caesarius No woman should take drugs for purposes of abortion, nor should she kill her children that have been conceived or are already born. If anyone does this, she should know that before Christ’s tribunal she will have to plead her case in the presence of those she has killed. Moreover, women should not take diabolical draughts with the purpose of not being able to conceive children. A woman who does this ought to realize that she will be guilty of as many murders as the number of children she might have borne. I would like to know whether a woman of nobility who takes deadly drugs to prevent conception wants her maids or tenants to do so. Just as every woman wants slaves born for her so that they may serve her, so she herself should nurse all the children she conceives, or entrust them to others for rearing. Otherwise, she may refuse to conceive children or, what is more serious, be willing to kill souls which might have been good Christians. Now, with what kind of a conscience does she desire slaves to be born of her servants, when she herself refuses to bear children who might become Christians? Martin Luther: (1483 -1546) “the begetting of children is wonderfully pleasing to [God] … He is not hostile to children, as we are.’ Then he added: ‘How great, therefore, the wickedness of human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God! Indeed, some spouses who marry and live together in a respectable manner have various ends in mind, but rarely children.’ The God who declares that we are to be fruitful and multiply regards it as a great evil when human beings destroy their offspring.” (Lectures on Genesis: Chapters 26-30, c. summer 1542, tr. George V. Schick and Paul D. Pahl; in Luther's Works, v. 5)   "Even if all the world were to combine forces, they could not bring about the conception of a single child in any woman's womb nor cause it to be born; that is wholly the work of God." (Luther's Works, VII, 21) John Calvin (1509-1564) “the foetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being’. Referring to Exodus 21:22-25, ‘If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a foetus in the womb before it has come to light.’ (Commentarius in Exodum, 21,22) Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) "Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to life which God has bestowed on this nascent life ... And that is nothing but murder. (Ethics, pp.175-176.) Mother Teresa: (1910 - 1997) During a speech at the 2/1994 National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa said: "The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child …And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"  Alveda King (Martin Luther King Jr.s niece) (1951 -  ) “What would Martin Luther King say if he saw the skulls of babies at the bottom of abortion pits? If Martin Luther King’s dream is to live, our babies must live. We have been fuelled by the fires of women’s rights. What about the rights of the baby who is artificially breached. We can’t sit idly by and allow legal murder.” (Martin Luther King’s Niece Supports Right To Life, Boston University Daily Free Press, 18 January 2000, p.1)
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