Resources On Abortion

The sixth commandment of God’s holy moral law says, “You shall not murder.” Christians have always understood this to prohibit abortion, i.e., the unjust taking of a human life in utero. The Didache (c. AD 114), an early Christian document testifying to Christian theology, piety, and practice says: “And the second commandment of the Teaching; You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is born. You shall not covet the things of your neighbor, you shall not swear, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not speak evil, you shall bear no grudge. You shall not be double-minded nor double-tongued, for to be double-tongued is a snare of death” (chapter 2). Later in the 2nd century, the Christian teacher Athenagoras wrote, “And 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?” The early 3rd century Christian theologian, Tertullian, taught: “In our case, murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fœtus [infant] in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from other parts of the body for its sustenance.”The consensus position of the fathers was re-affirmed in the early medieval church by the Council of Trullo (692), in Constantinople. Canon 91 says: “Those who give drugs for procuring abortion, and those who receive poisons to kill the fœtus [infant], are subjected to the penalty of murder.” Below are some resources to help Christians think through some of the biblical, theological, historical, constitutional, and practical questions surrounding abortion.

  1. The End Of Roe, Doe, And Casey
  2. Alternatives To Abortion And Help For Pregnant Women
  3. Notes From The Didache On The Early Christian View Of Abortion
  4. Were Evangelicals And Some Reformed Folk A Little Fuzzy On Abortion Just Before Roe v Wade? Yes. So What?
  5. The Truth About Abortion In Colonial America
  6. Jonathan Turley, Were The Framers Pro-Choice? Not Likely.
  7. Thousands Of Women Did Not Die Annually In Botched Abortions Before Roe
  8. Pro-Abortion Guttmacher Institute Reveals The Motivations For Late-Term Abortions
  9. Calvin On Abortion
  10. The Difference Between Capital Punishment And Abortion
  11. RBG, Roe, And Realism
  12. Pagan Assyrians Regarded Abortion As Murder
  13. Nazi Mengele Was An Abortionist
  14. Truth and Consequences: The Politics of Abortion
  15. What Christians Can Learn From Drew Carey About Subverting Culture
  16. Begging The Question, Abortion, And Slavery
  17. Why Christians Need A Christian Doctrine Of Humanity
  18. More Evidence That Roe Should Be Overturned
  19. Robert George on Roe v Wade at 35
  20. Office Hours: Prudence In Politics And the Sanctity Of Human Life
  21. Killing Infant Humans Is A Crime
  22. The Newest “Big Box” Retailer: Planned Parenthood
  23. Sasse: Baby Humans Are Not The Sum Of Their Body Parts
  24. Human. Body. Parts. For. Sale.
  25. Sometimes “Nazis” Really Are Nazis
  26. Justice Thomas Contra The Majority On Making Up Law As We Go Along
  27. Justice Thomas: “I Warned You”
  28. Reconsidering Margaret Sanger In Christianity Today?
  29. Heidelberg 105–107: You Shall Not Murder (1)
  30. Heidelberg 105–107: You Shall Not Murder (2)
  31. Heidelcast 86: You Shall Not Murder—God’s Holy Law (9)
  32. Heidelcast 87: God’s Holy Law (10)—You Shall Not Murder (pt 2)
  33. Alito: Roe And Casey Must Be Overturned

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