"I have heretofore warned my flock," he writes, "against the blood-guiltiness of ante-natal infanticide. If any doubts existed heretofore as to the propriety of my warnings on this subject, they must now disappear before the fact that the world itself is beginning to be horrified by the practical results of the sacrifices to Moloch which defile our land. Again I warn you that they who do such things cannot inherit eternal life. If there be a special damnation for those who shed innocent blood, what must be the portion of those who have no mercy upon even their own flesh?"
As an additional danger from abortion, to the mother herself, it need only be pointed out that Esquirol, Hallam, and other alienists, associate it very clearly with the development of sexual insanity. "Woman," as Maudsley well indicated, "has more sexual needs than man, at least ia the ideal sense," and knows no gratification for them save in marriage. If denied this, she naturally seeks in illicit intercourse what she cannot obtain honorably, and, in efforts to conceal the fruit of her criminal indulgence, develops an host of neurotic complaints, among which hysteria, religious frenzy and insanity, are not infrequent."1