Were the Assyrians Pro-life?

An Assyrian law doesn't explicitly say that male-sanctioned abortion was fine; but a woman initiating an abortion was doomed to impalement, and there is much mention of unwanted children named things like 'look what the dog brought in'

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Head of a female figure, dating to the Akkadian period (c. 2334–2154 BC), found at Assur, on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
Head of a female figure, dating to the Akkadian period (c. 2334–2154 BC), found at Assur, on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.Credit: metmuseum.org
Eli Tadmor
An ancient Mesopotamian figure of a reclining woman.Credit: metmuseum.org

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