Contrary to the common assumption, abortion is not a new medical technology. Abortion existed throughout human history, including the ancient world. And Christianity has consistently condemned abortion and fought for the protection of unborn children.
This was so even if the primitive science of the time assumed the fetus was not a full-fledged human being until “quickening,” when the mother can feel the movement of her baby, which was thought to be the moment of “ensoulment,” when God gave the fetus a soul. Bizarrely, pro-abortion Christians are unearthing medieval writings to that effect and using them to argue that Christianity permits abortion, as if the science of the Middle Ages is more authoritative than modern embryology, which recognizes that life begins at conception. And as if the medieval Christians who knew so little science still did not strongly oppose abortion.