chapter  24
10 Pages

ABORTIONS

Although childbirth was desirable among the Hebrews, they knew almost all possible means of preventing unwanted consequences. In the first Book of Moses, XXXVIII, 8, the following is related as the oldest contraceptive method: .. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother."