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that the Church has always been against abortion?

There is ancient evidence that the Church has always been against abortion. There are prohibitions against abortion in the Epistle of Barnabas and in the Didache. These ancient Christian writings were written in the late first century or early second century.

that God creates our spirits and souls as soon as we are conceived?

In the Book of Jeremiah God says, "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth from the womb I sanctified thee." (Jer. 1:5) God can know unborn children as soon as they are conceived, because He creates their spirits and souls at the moment of conception. In the Book of Zechariah it says, "The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him." (Zech. 12:1)

that our spirits and souls can function with or without a brain?

This is true also. The spirit-soul part of man leaves his body after he dies and goes to either Heaven or Hell. It still has consciousness and continues to function even after the brain has died and decayed. In the Book of Revelation, the souls of the martyrs continued to pray to God after their bodies had died. (Rev. 6:9-11) The soul of the rich man and the soul of Abraham in the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus had consciousness after they had died. They talked to each other. (St. Luke 16:19-31) The soul of the Prophet Samuel had consciousness after he had died. He spoke to King Saul. (I Sam. 28:8-20) The souls of the high priest Onias and the Prophet Jeremiah had consciousness after they had died. Both of them spoke to Judas Maccabeus in a vision and both of them prayed for God's people. (II Macc. 15:12-16) After the death of the body, the spirit-soul part of man waits for the day when it will be re-united with its body at the general resurrection of the just and the wicked. (St. John 5:28,29) In regards to unborn children who do not have developed brains, this means that their spirits and souls have consciousness and function before and during the formation of their brains.

that unborn children have hearts that start beating 18-24 days after conception?

This is true also. The National Right to Life Committee has a lot of information about the development of unborn children.

that brain waves can be detected in unborn children using an electroencephalograph as early as 40 days after conception?

This also is true. Go to the National Right to Life Committee's website and read about the development of unborn children there.

that unborn children have all of their organs within 10 to 12 weeks after conception?

Yes, this is true. The National Right to Life Committee has a lot of information about the development of unborn children.

that children who are born 19 to 22 weeks after conception can be kept alive in the hospital until they develop enough to be taken home by their parents?

Yes, there have been cases where doctors have delivered babies after their mothers had been pregnant for only about 19 to 22 weeks.

that unborn children may experience excruciating pain during an abortion procedure?

Yes, unborn children may experience excruciating pain during the abortion procedure. The National Right to Life Committee has plenty of information about this.

that abortion is murder and God says, "Thou shalt not kill"?

This is very much true. Women who have abortions and doctors who perform abortions are guilty before God of committing murder. He is the one Judge we must all answer to and none of us can escape His judgment.

God welcomes them, however, to find mercy from Him in His Church through repentance. He dispenses His mercy through the Sacraments.

that God loves all unborn children?

Yes, He does. He loves them enough to give them spirits and souls which He created for them. He wants them to be born and to live. God creates no one to be hated. In the Wisdom of Solomon it says, "For Thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which Thou hast made: for never wouldest Thou have made any thing, if Thou hadst hated it." (Wisd. 11:24)

Since God loves them, shouldn't we love them, too?

Pro-life Links

National Right to Life Committee

Georgia Right to Life

Orthodox Christians for Life

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