Back in the 16th century, you had a pro-choice view on abortion that was held by all three of the magisteria: The Papal and Episcopal Magisterium, the Magisterium of the Theologians, and also the Magisterium of the Laity, everyone accepted this was truth…

… Why not go back to Saint Antoninus, the Dominican Archbishop of Florence? Antoninus held that you could justify early abortions when necessary to save the woman’s life, a category in his day which was huge.

~ Daniel C. Maguire, professor of Theology at Marquette University, setting the record straight that the Catholic Church was pro-choice centuries ago and we just didn’t know it, as part of the Catholics for Choice documentary project, The Secret History of Sex, Choice, and Catholics, via Strong Families, November 29