A Very Short History of Christian Personhood

Some people have been taught that "Christianity always has been anti-abortion." That is fake news.

Up until 1679, these two propositions were part of the Roman Catholic Church:


34. It is lawful to procure abortion before ensoulment of the fetus lest a girl, detected as pregnant, be killed or defamed.


35. It seems probable that the fetus (as long as it is in the uterus) lacks a rational soul and begins first to have one when it is born; and consequently it must be said that no abortion is homicide.

Source: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.4159/harvard.9780674183032/html

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