Isaiah 49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; fromthe bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
Isaiah 49:5 And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob again to Him, Though
Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.
Psalm 139 For my reins are Thine : Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks unto Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made : Marvellous are Thy works and that my soul knoweth
My bones are not hid from Thee : Though I be made secretly and fashioned beneath in the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance yet being unperfect : And in Thy book were all my members written;
Which day by day were fashioned : When as yet there was none of them.
Luke 1:39-45 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and
Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Among the most highly regarded of ancient Christian writings is the Didache, which dates from the late first century.
Its teaching is unambiguous: "Do not murder a child by abortion or kill a newborn infant." Id. at II, 2. This is echoed
in another didactic writing universally esteemed in the ancient Church, the Epistle of Barnabas, from the early second
century: "Never do away with an unborn child or destroy it after its birth." Id. at XIX, 5.
The writings of the Fathers of the Church and other authorities further attest to the unanimity with which abortion was
condemned. Among the earliest was the philosopher and apologist Athenagoras of Athens, who wrote to the Emperor Marcus
Aurelius (c.177) to defend Christians against false charges of murder: "What reason would we have to commit murder when
we say that women who induce abortions are murderers, and will have to give account of it to God?" Saint Basil the
Great (c.330-379) was unequivocal: "A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder." Saint John
Chrysostom (c.345-407) who in his famous homilies railed against men who secured the abortions of their illegitimate
offspring, called their actions "even worse than murder." Of such men who impelled women to have abortions, he said,
"You do not let a prostitute remain a prostitute, but make her a murderer as well."
Finally, Canon 91 of the Quinisext Ecumenical Council (691 A.D.), decreed that people "who furnish drugs for the purpose
of procuring abortion, and those who take fetus-killing poisons, they are made subject to the penalty prescribed for
murderers." The same canonical position along with the opinions of individual Church Fathers, were compiled in the
Photian Collection, which was adopted as the official ecclesiastical law book of the Orthodox Church in 883 A.D.