Helpers of God's Precious Infants (Ottawa–Gatineau)

Pro-life apologetics

Basic apologetics

Learn the basics of defending the unborn.

Life Training Institute
The Five Minute Pro-Lifer article is a great place to begin.
CCBR's Pro-life Classroom
Articles and videos providing solid reasons as to why the pro-life position is true and makes the most sense.
The Case for Life
Articles to help clarify the issue of abortion.
Abortion Facts
Abortion myths debunked.
Justice for all
Justice For All trains thousands to make abortion unthinkable for millions, one person at a time.

The difficult cases

Saving the life of the mother

Abortion to Save the Life of the Mother -- The Double Effect
Brian Clowes
An examination of the principle of double effect as applied to life-threatening complications during pregnancy

Chapter 9 of The Facts of Life: An Authoritative Guide to Life and Family Issues. (1997). Front Royal, Va.: Human Life International.

Rape and incest

Rape, Incest and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths
David C. Reardon, Ph.D.
Dr. Reardon dispels the myth that abortion is the solution for rape victims by giving voice to the rape victims themselves.
Abortion’s House of Cards
Pamela Pearson Wong
Exposing how the exception for rape is often a manipulation, a Trojan horse, used by abortion advocates to advance their agenda.

January/February 2001 Family Voice. Concerned Women for America.

Prolife Except in the Case of Rape?
Randy Alcorn
Are products of rape less human than the rest of us?

Advanced apologetics

Advanced Pro-Life Apologetics
Scott Klusendorf
Lecture notes of a course offered at Biola University.

The bodily autonomy argument

A Defense of Abortion
Judith Jarvis Thomson
(Pro-abortion perspective)
Abortion advocate Judith Jarvis Thomson's old argument that a fetus is a parasite to the mother's body, usurping her body for its own ends. She proposes the analogy of a famous violinist with a fatal kidney disease being hooked up to a healthy person's circulatory system, without this healthy person's consent.

(1971). Philosophy & Public Affairs. 1:1.

Refutations of the bodily autonomy argument

Unstringing the Violinist
Greg Koukl
Koukl pulls at the loose threads of Thompson's argument — the fetus is not a parasite, she is where she belongs at that stage in her life: in her mother's womb.

(2003). Stand to Reason [radio show]. Transcript.

Suffer the Violinist: Why the Pro-Abortion Argument from Bodily Autonomy Fails
Richard J. Poupard
A look at four reasons why the bodily autonomy argument fails:
  1. it gives the mother the right to harm her child in utero;
  2. it assumes that parental responsibility prior to birth is voluntary;
  3. the analogies used to support the argument fail to recognize the difference between diseased and healthy physiological states;
  4. its logical conclusion results in absurdities.

(2007) 30:4 Christian Research Journal.

Do the Unborn Unjustly Use Another’s Body?
Stephanie Gray
Thompson fails to recognize the difference between a pathological situation (the diseased violinist dying of his disease) and a perfectly normal situation (a fetus growing in her natural environment: the uterus).

Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. Pro-life classroom - Lesson 6.

Understanding the Ultimate Pro-Choice Argument

Trent Horn from Justice For All is in studio the next two episodes to discuss the ultimate pro-choice argument: bodily rights. Trent has spent the last year creating new ways for pro-lifers to understand and approach this argument. In today’s episode, Trent helps us understand the two types of bodily rights arguments, and refutes the first and most common version.

(2010) Podcast #106. LifeReport.
Refuting the Ultimate Pro-Choice Argument

Trent Horn from Justice For All is in studio to conclude our discussion about the ultimate pro-choice argument: bodily rights. In this episode, Trent refutes the “right to refuse” argument, and then exposes several poor arguments pro-lifers sometimes make attempting to refute “right to refuse.” We close by responding to some listener mail on the topic of bodily rights arguments.

(2010) Podcast #107. LifeReport

Mt. 25:40 Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me. (Mt. 25:40)