If a man have a stufforne or rebellious sonne of sufficyent yeeres of understanding, viz., 16, wch will not obey ye voyce of his father or ye voyce of his mother, & yt when they have chastned him will not harken vnto them, then shall his fahter & mother, being his naturall parents, lay hold on him, & bring him to ye majestrates assembled in Courte, & testify to them by sufficyent evidence yt this their sonne is stubborne & rebellious, & will not obey their voyce & chasticement, but lives in sundry notorious crimes, such a sonne shall be put to deathThe citation is Massachusetts Records, 3:101.
Frankly, this isn't much different from the admonition from Deuteronomy, Chapter 21, verses 18 to 21. The spelling is better in the newer editions of the Bible.
I supposed that this more open view of abortion in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was closed off once the Irish were given permission in the State Constitution to hold office.
Regards — Cliff