>Early Church and Abortion


Most have heard of Speaker Pelosi’s recent theological pontifications. Pelosi declared that Augustine of Hippo wrote that a baby was not entitled to human rights until 3 months in the womb. Jay the Bennett had a couple of good posts already on it (here and here).

What I was wondering is where the heck she got that from? I cannot find any references to Augustine saying such a thing, though someone suggested that it was Thomas Aquinas and not Augustine. Having just completed a study on the Early Church and their view of Sex and Marriage, most believed that the egg was fully contained in the man’s contribution to procreation, and thus even having sex during pregnancy or after menapause was prohibited. Abortion was nothing new in the Early Church, and as early as it is mentioned, it is condemned. Witness Clement of Alexandria:

“Our entire life will be spent observing the laws of nature…if we do not kill off with devious instruments the human creature that has been conceived according to divine providence. For women who, in order to conceal their incontinence, make use of death-dealing drugs that completely expel the mortal creature, abort not only the embryo, but also human kindness.” -Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor 96

Why reference tradition when it is so slanted against you? Why not claim new revelation like liberals have on homosexuality and women’s ordination? Where was she getting this from? Has anyone run across something like what she said in your studies?


2 thoughts on “>Early Church and Abortion

  1. >You are kidding me. She SAID that. You are freakin’ kidding me. Ugh . . . . I’ve got to watch those speeches after the kids go to bed.Ridiculous. I have a post coming here on CRM tomorrow that addresses this — and I was unaware of Pelosi’s foolishness. But I did talk about this on my blog sometime ago.If she wants to wrestle with us on politics, that’s one thing. But don’t wrangle with us on our turf about our guys. Abominable.

    Posted by QueenKnitter | August 27, 2008, 10:37 pm
  2. >I’ve been looking into this a lot in the last few days and the evidence seems to be overwhelmingly against her. Either she doesn’t know the teachings of her own church or she is just being flat out dishonest.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | August 27, 2008, 10:35 pm

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