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Protestant Reformation

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In general, the Protestant Reformers retained the teaching of their time against abortion. Neither Martin Luther nor John Calvin wrote individual works discussing only the question of abortion per se, although in 1542, Luther wrote a pamphlet entitled Comfort for Women Who Have Had a Miscarriage.

In his commentary on Exodus 21:22, John Calvin wrote:

...the unborn, though enclosed in the womb of his mother, is already a human being, and it is an almost monstrous crime to rob it of life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man's house is his most secure place of refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy the unborn in the womb before it has come to light.

In his 1535–1545 Commentary on Genesis, when discussing Chapter 25, verses 1 through 4, Luther noted,

How great, therefore, the wickedness of human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God! Indeed, some spouses who marry and live together in a respectable manner have various ends in mind, but rarely children.’ The God who declares that we are to be fruitful and multiply regards it as a great evil when human beings destroy their offspring.

In a letter written in 1544, Luther strongly condemned a woman who reportedly had another person jump on her belly to induce an abortion.

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