Women also who administer drugs to cause abortion, as well as those who take poisons to destroy unborn children, are murderesses. – Letters 188:8 (374 A.D).St. Basil of Caesarea St. Basil of Caesarea
The woman who purposely destroys her unborn child is guilty of murder. With us there is no nice enquiry as to its being formed or unformed. In this case it is not only the being about to be born who is vindicated, but the woman in her attack upon herself; because in most cases women who make such attempts die. The destruction of the embryo is an additional crime, a second murder, at all events if it is done with intent. The punishment, however, of these women should not be for life, but for the term of ten years. And let their treatment depend not on mere lapse of time, but on the character of their repentance. – Letters 188:2 (374 A.D).
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