Britain’s Roman “Full Birth” Abortions

Wat Abortion

Bas-relief at Angkor Wat depicting a demon performing an ancient abortion.


Massive burials of infants killed during Roman times in Britain were just reported:

25 June 2010

Baby deaths link to Roman ‘brothel’ in Buckinghamshire

Archaeologists investigating a mass burial of 97 infants at a Roman villa in the Thames Valley believe it may have been a brothel.

Tests on the site at Hambleden in Buckinghamshire suggest all died at 40 weeks gestation, very soon after birth.

Archaeologists suspect local inhabitants may have been systematically killing unwanted babies.

Archaeologist Dr Jill Eyers said: “The only explanation you keep coming back to is that it’s got to be a brothel.”

With little or no effective contraception, unwanted pregnancies could have been common at Roman brothels, explained Dr Eyers, who works for Chiltern Archaeology.

And infanticide may not have been as shocking in Roman times as it is today.

Archaeological records suggest infants were not considered to be “full” human beings until about the age of two, said Dr Eyers.

Since “partial birth” abortions did not always work back then, apparently they often went with “full birth” abortions.  Just like today, many falsely wish to see the youngest humans as sub-human.

Now, the fact that in the UK, USA, China etc. millions of babies are intentionally killed through abortions these days is not shocking to many.  But it should be.

Of course, one of the many reasons that the Bible condemns extra-martial sexual relations is because of the effects on the family.  Killing what should be “family” members is perhaps the most gruesome of these effects.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include:

Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman’s Right to Choose Do you know what the Bible teaches on this?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught?

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