German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer on abortion

German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazis for opposing Hitler and plotting, with others, to assassinate him. He said the following about abortion:

“Destruction in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life… The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Ethics [translated by Neville Horton Smith] (New York: Macmillan, 1955) 131

Quoted in Terry Schlossberg and Elizabeth Achtemeier Not My Own: Abortion & the Marks of the Church (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995)

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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