Early Critique of Abortion in the Church: “How great impiety!”

Women, reputed believers, began to resort to drugs to produce sterility, and to gird themselves round, so to expel what was being conceived on account of their not wishing to have a child either by a slave or any paltry fellow, for the sake of their family and excessive wealth. Behold, into how great impiety that lawless one has proceeded, by committing adultery and murder at the same time! – Refutation of All Heresies 9:7 (227 A.D.)

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