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Unborn in literature

Unborn in literature is an indication of how pro-life -- or anti-life -- certain literature is. Most classical literature is searchable online and this is an easy, superb way to ascertain the views of an author on this fundamental issue.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens frequently used the term "unborn", at least a total of 21 times including many of his most prominent works.


William Shakespeare used "unborn" a total of 9 times, including as an adjective to a thought, time, or event.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson used "unborn" a total of 7 times.[1]


The Bible (ESV) expressly mentions "unborn" twice: Psalm 22:31 and Psalm 78:6 . The Bible contains many additional references to the unborn child without expressly using the term "unborn".

Notably, the King James Version omits any express reference to the term "unborn".

American Courts

Courts in the United States have used the term "unborn" in writing in 3,890 federal court decisions and 13,707 state court decisions. The U.S. Supreme Court has used the term "unborn" in 138 decisions (including merely a dissent or concurrence from the Court majority opinion), and 31 of those occurrences have been since Jan. 1, 2000.