Sunday, March 23, 2014

Abortion Considered Murder in Ancient Persia: Journal Article

Oh how I wish I had free access to this article:

The history of various civilisations teaches that each had its own views on medical ethics, but most had something in common. Ancient civilisations such as Greece, Rome, or Assyria did not consider the foetus to be alive and therefore to have human rights. In contrast, ancient Persians valued the foetus as a living person equal to others. Accordingly, they brought laws against abortion, even in cases of sexual abuse. Furthermore, abortion was considered to be a murder and punishments were meted out to the mother, father, and the person performing it.

I figure a reader might see it and ... report back?

Acta Med Hist Adriat. 2013;11(2):291-8.
An investigation into the ancient abortion laws: comparing ancient Persia with ancient Greece and Rome.
Yarmohammadi H1, Zargaran A, Vatanpour A, Abedini E, Adhami S.


Some reader came through with a link to the original article. Awesome!

In Zoroastrianism, life begins at conception, and abortion is the equivalent of murder.