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Yet despite an inclination to go far beyond the teaching of Scripture, the early church had a uniformly high view of the family that stood in stark contrast to the pagan world. Christians consistently opposed abortion and infanticide, practices that were not uncommon among pagans. Tertullian, a 2nd-century Christian leader, reflects this conviction: “In our case, murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb… To hind birth is merely a speedier man-killing.”