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Can a Miscarriage be a Sin?

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From a reader:

I was wondering if it was possible for a natural miscarriage to be a sin. The doctors couldn’t tell me why it happened, but statistically miscarriages are more likely when the mother is obese, as I am/was.
And while I never intended the miscarriage to happen, I am clearly responsible both for my weight and the act of becoming pregnant. Ought I to confess it? And since it deals with such a grave issue as human life, is it a mortal sin?
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Anonymous said...

Yes, it is a sin. It's a spontaneous abortion, but an abortion nonetheless.

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