No one could accuse Cicero of being a Christian. He died on 7 August 43 B.C., almost 40 years before Jesus was born. This is what he had to say about abortion.
“I remember a case that came up when I was in Asia. A woman of Miletus was condemned to death because, after accepting a bribe from her late husband’s secondary heirs, she had taken drugs to procure an abortion. Her condemnation was entirely justified, because she had deprived the father of his hopes for the future, prevented him from perpetuating his name, dashed away the support on which his family relied, cheated his house of it’s expected heirs, robbed the state of a citizen.”
Taken from: Cicero (translated by Michael Grant), Murder Trials, Penguin Books, 1975, page 139.
Too bad he wasn’t alive to advance such arguments before our Supreme court. I had never heard these put forward before reading them in this book last week. They just go to show that what is done in an abortion is NOT just about a woman’s body or her control over it.
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