Before There Were Safe Abortions: Roman Infanticide
The skeletons of nearly 100 healthy babies who were murdered soon after birth have been found among the Roman ruins of a villa in England’s Thames valley. Archaeologists speculate that the villa may have been a brothel, in which case the victims of infanticide were a normal but unwanted byproduct of unrestrained sex.
Or because an unusual number of iron styli for writing on wax tablets were also found at the location, archaeologists believe the villa may have been a Roman supply depot, and the newborns might have been murdered to allow their mothers to keep working.
Either way, the explanations offered by archaeologists to explain the infanticide of Roman times are eerily similar to those we often hear to justify abortions.