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The pope was Pope Innocent III. The time was about eight hundred years ago. The occasion was a question: was a monk who helped his lover obtain an abortion guilty of murder? The monk was guilty of fornication and aiding an abortion. But were he and his lover also guilty of murder, of taking the life of a human being? No, answered Pope Innocent, because the aborted fetus was not a human being.
My discovery left me with two questions. Why would a pope say a fetus is not a human being? Who was Pope Innocent?
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