In class the other day, a pro-choice classmate alleged that during a recent conference she learned that one of the miracles of St. Brigid of Ireland was that the saint performed an abortion. Supposedly, a young nun broke her vow of chastity and became pregnant. St. Brigid “healed” her by placing her hands on the woman and making the fetus disappear. This was supposedly recorded in the biography of St. Brigid by Cogitosus, who allegedly wrote: “Brigid, exercising with the most strength of her ineffable faith, blessed her, caused the fetus to disappear without coming to birth, and without pain.” This, my classmate claimed, is significant because it shows that the early Catholic Church did not condemn abortions in the same way that it does today.
It was a very sick conversation. My classmates all laughed on hearing this and my professor, a doctor, held up his hands and said, “Looks like I have miracle hands too.”
I can’t find anything explaining or refuting this claim, except on a pro-abortion website that hails St. Brigid at “Ireland’s first abortionist.” As far as I can tell, Cogitosus, the monk who allegedly documented this, is recognized as a legitimate biographer of St. Brigid.
Can anyone shed some light on what really happened, or offer a source refuting this, or explain how St. Brigid was canonized in spite of because of this if it is really true?
Thank in advance.