Eight years ago, mifepristone, "the abortion pill," claimed the life of Holly Patterson, an 18-year-old who received the drug from Planned Parenthood and used it to terminate a pregnancy.
She died seven days after taking the drug that is also known as RU-486 and 15 minutes before a scheduled follow-up appointment.
Holly's father, Monty Patterson, did not learn of her pregnancy until a doctor at the hospital told him just moments before her death.
"I felt like I had been left in the dark," he said. "I didn't even know what the abortion pill was. I couldn't believe Holly had gotten pregnant and had gone to get an abortion with her boyfriend.... I was mainly shocked."...
During the Middle Ages appeal was often made to the authority of Augustine who wrote as follows in regard to this matter in â€śDe Nuptiis et Concupiscentiis,â€ť c. 15:
â€śSometimes this sexually indulgent cruelty or this cruel sexual indulgence goes so far as to procure potions which produce sterility. If the desired result is not achieved, the mother terminates the life and expels the foetus which was in her womb in such a way that the child dies before having lived, or, if the baby was living already in its motherâ€™s womb, it is killed before being born.â€ť
PL 44, 423-424: CSEL 33, 619. Cf. the â€śDecree of Gratianâ€ť q. 2, C. 32, c. 7.
Occasionally this modern "solution" to an ancient "problem" is deadly, not only to child (by design), but also to his mother (side effect).
Remember, The Pill, a potent steroid taken every day, now 50 years old, has the same effect as its younger brother, RU486 -- a potion to abort the embryo (AKA person) and produce sterility. Occasionally The Pill, too, kills the mother by various mechanisms (side effects).
Without Augustine's comment, what Bible passage directly addresses these issues?