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  1. Misconception 2 – The Catholic Church Once Permitted Abortion. The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) summarizes the most important pro-abortion misconceptions about the early history of Church teachings regarding abortion. RCRC said: “Catholic theology, which now regards the early fetus as a person, did not always do so.

  2. The Church’s canon law imposes a penalty of excommunication upon anyone who procures a completed abortion . Along with doctors who perform abortions, and people who play a necessary role in making a particular abortion happen, canon law criminally penalizes mothers who undergo abortions — a fact that is sometimes sharply criticized.

  3. Several examples of teaching which span the first three hundred years of our Church include the following: The" Didache " ("The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles," c. 80 A.D.) asserted, "You shall not procure abortion. You shall not destroy the newborn child." The "Epistle of Barnabas" (138) also condemned abortion.

  4. Several examples of teaching which span the first 300 years of our Church include the following: The Didache (The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles, c. AD 80) asserted, "You shall not procure abortion. You shall not destroy the newborn child." The "Epistle of Barnabas" (AD 138) also condemned abortion.

  5. For example, the Sentences of Pseudo-Phocylides 184–186 (c. 50 B.C. – A.D. 50) says that “a woman should not destroy the unborn in her belly, nor after its birth throw it before the dogs and vultures as a prey.” Included among those who do evil in the apocalyptic Sibylline Oracles were women who “aborted what they carried in the womb” (2.281–282).

  6. First-Century Judaism Condemned Abortion For example, the Sentences of Pseudo-Phocylide s 184–186 (c. 50 B.C.– A.D. 50) says that “a woman should not destroy the unborn in her belly, nor after its birth throw it before the dogs and vultures as a prey.”

  7. Several examples of teaching which span the first three hundred years of our Church include the following: The "Didache" ("The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles," c. 80 A.D.) asserted, "You shall...

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