There was a married couple who came to an elder to ask for advice.
“Father,” the woman said, “I’m expecting a baby but we have four kids already. I’m afraid we won’t make ends meet if we have another baby. Bless us to have an abortion.”
“I see that you’re having hard times,” the elder replied. “Well, okay, I bless you to kill your child. But I think you should slay your oldest daughter who is 15: she has lived enough already and seen lots of things, whilst the unborn baby that you’re carrying has never seen the sunlight, and it would be unjust if you deny him that opportunity.”
The woman was terrified. She buried her face in her hands and burst into tears.
Translated by The Catalog of Good Deeds