Abortion And Abortion

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In P. Gray, “Abortion, Infanticide, and the Social Rhetoric of the Apocalypse of Peter,” portrays the story of unborn infants punishing their parents by striking them with bolts of lighting (Gray, 319). This is just one of many stories that were created during the Medieval Period in Europe depicting the act of abortion in a negative way. A majority of these stories surround the idea of God and what is “morally right” in the Christian religious society. Therefore, most scholars analyze these short stories from a religious point of view, and how these were an advantage to the Christian church in the means of declining the act of abortion. However, the debate on why these stories of anti-abortion were created, lack in analyzing why these stories would be created from a non-religious point of view. Is is possible that these stories reveal other social concerns at the time? Therefore, how did non-religious aspects impact the act of abortion during 1200 to 1300’s Medieval Period in Europe? Enacting abortion in the medieval period was viewed as criminal and socially unacceptable of women. The debate over abortion is dominated by religion and what is seen as morally right and wrong. The idea of abortion in the Medieval period has raised both ethical and moral issues. The act of abortion was viewed negatively due to what was morally right in the eyes of the Catholic Church in the Medieval Era in Europe. For example, the Sibylline Oracles by J.L Lightfoot,

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