The following books are at the disposal of our sidewalk counsellors for further reading.
Why Pro-Life: Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers
- Randy Alcorn
This completely revised and updated edition of Why Pro-Life? offers factual answers to the central issues of the abortion debate in a concise, non-abrasive way. Infused with grace and compassion, and grounded in medical science and psychological studies, Randy Alcorn presents a solid case for defending both unborn children and their mothers.
(2005). Eternal Perspective Ministries. 136 pages.
Saving Women and Infants from Abortion: A Dance in the Rain
- Margaret Driscoll and Emily Faugno
Through real-lifeconversionstories, but set against the realistic background of what Pope John Paul II called our contemporaryculture of death,this book offers inspiration, encouragement, and a challenge to those interested in the respect life movement--especially in this outreach organization known as Helpers of God's Precious Infants--to become involved, whether as actual sidewalk counselors or through prayerful support. According to Msgr. James P. Lisante, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, West Hempstead, NY, as well as a TV commentator and author,This book tells the story of those who are willing to be the voices of the voiceless, of people of such hope, faith, and love that they are willing to speak up even in the face of what would seem to be the most hopeless situation of all--the moment when a woman is actually about to enter an abortion clinic.
(2006). New York: Paulist Press. 100 pages.
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a heartstopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.
(2011). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 276 pages. ISBN: 9781414339399.
Rachel Weeping: And Other Essays on Abortion
- James Tunstead Burtchaell
Burtchaell examines the abortion issue from five different facets in five essays. First-hand accounts of abortions are looked at in order to further understand the psychology of those choosing abortion and the work of abortion counsellors. The arguments for abortion are examined. A close look at the analogy of abortion to the Holocaust to see if it is warranted. A comparison of the Dred Scott, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases to study the legitimization of abortion. The similarities of infanticide and abortion are also examined.
(1990). Life Cycle Books. 383 pages. ISBN: 0-919225-34-9.
Lime 5 | Exploited by Choice
- Mark Crutcher
This is a compelling 320-page expose of the American abortion industry. A unique and uncensored look at our nation's most wrenching social issue, it has already become a must read for anyone seeking to learn the truth about the abortion issue.
It fully documents how women are being sexually assaulted, mutilated, and killed inside perfectly legal abortion clinics. It also shows how pro-choice groups have used raw political power to fight off regulation of the abortion clinic business and exposes a massive cover-up of abortion clinic disasters being carried out by an agency of the U.S. government.
(1996). Denton, TX: Life Dynamics, Inc.; 1st ed. 318 pages. ISBN-10: 0964888602.
Beyond Abortion: A Chronicle of Fetal Experimentation
- Suzanne M. Rini
In this ground-breaking report, journalist Suzanne Rini documents the merciless experiments taking place on human infants scheduled for abortion, the removal of organs and body tissue from still-living fetal infants, and the liveharvestingof ther organs for the use of others. She shows that these activities are becoming increasingly accepted by doctors and researchers today and are going on quietly with almost no restriction. Initially skeptical that these things were actually happening, Mrs. Rini began investigating fetal experimentation and uncovered a network of medical researchers, hidden from public view, whose work is preparing us for a massive Nazi-like eugenics program featuring mandatory elimination of the handicapped and theunwanted,both before and after birth. Among other things, Mrs. Rini sets forth the Federal Regulations on non-therapeutic fetal experimentation. Then she explains how live aborted fetuses are obtained for research, how doctors are abandoning the fetus as a patient, and how genetic screening is used to push selective abortion of thegenetically inferior.She shows the horrendous moral implications of these growing practices and concludes that they signal the disintegration of the essential traditions of our civilization.
(1993). Rockford, IL: Tan Books and Publishers. 197 pages. ISBN: 0-89555-487-9.
Pro-Life Feminism: Different Voices
- Gail-Grenier Sweet
This book of essays by pro-life feminists examines topics such as the ERA and HLA, abortion and its aftermath, women and aging, rape prevention, incest recovery, and the politics of birth control. It provides a fresh perspective on topics badly in need of new insights.
If you are looking for a firm pro-life position that incorporates the goals of justice for women you owe it to yourself to read this book.
(1985). Life Cycle Books. 234 pages. ISBN: 0919225225.
Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars
- Monica Migliorino Miller
In the Trenches of the Abortion Battle
Every day, thousands of children—fragile, innocent, alone—are abandoned. They are brutally snuffed from the world and literally left in the trash . . . and it's all legal. Abandoned: The Untold Stories of the Abortion Wars is the story of those children abandoned by abortion, and it is the story of their courageous defenders.
Since 1976, Monica Miller has made it her life's work to defend the unborn: she has counseled pregnant women outside abortion clinics and organized pro-life groups and sit-ins at many of those same clinics. She has blocked abortionists' cars, been arrested, and gone to jail. And she has pulled the bodies of thousands of unborn babies out of dumpsters and given them a proper burial.
Abandoned: The Untold Stories of the Abortion Wars is the profound, breathtaking, and often daring journey of one woman, but it is much more than that. It is a history of the Pro-Life movement since Roe vs. Wade, a suspenseful, true-life tale of life and death, an insightful look into the unique and terrible horror of abortion, and a plea for the protection of the most helpless and innocent members of the human family.
(2012). Charlotte, NC.: Saint Benedict Press. 336 pages. ISBN: 9781618903945.
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The Case for Life
- Scott Klusendorf
Pro-life Christians, take heart: the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas-provided Christians properly understand and articulate that message. Too many Christians do not understand the essential truths of the pro-life position, making it difficult for them to articulate a biblical worldview on issues like abortion, cloning, and embryo research.
The Case for Life provides intellectual grounding for the pro-life convictions that most evangelicals hold. Author Scott Klusendorf first simplifies the debate: the sanctity of life is not a morally complex issue. It's not about choice, privacy, or scientific progress. To the contrary, the debate turns on one key question: What is the unborn? From there readers learn how to engage the great bio-tech debate of the twenty-first century, how to answer objections persuasively, and what the role of the pro-life pastor should be.
(2009). Wheaton, IL.: Crossway Books. 256 pages. ISBN: 1433503204
Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case against Abortion Choice
- Francis Beckwith
Defending Life, first published in 2007, is arguably the most comprehensive defense of the pro-life position on abortion - morally, legally, and politically - that has ever been published in an academic monograph. It offers a detailed and critical analysis of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey as well as arguments by those who defend a Rawlsian case for abortion-choice, such as J. J. Thomson. The author defends the substance view of persons as the view with the most explanatory power. The substance view entails that the unborn is a subject of moral rights from conception. While defending this view, the author responds to the arguments of thinkers such as Boonin, Dworkin, Stretton, Ford and Brody. He also critiques Thomson's famous violinist argument and its revisions by Boonin and McDonagh. Defending Life includes chapters critiquing arguments found in popular politics and the controversy over cloning and stem cell research.
(2007). Cambridge University Press. 314 pages. ISBN:9780521691352.
Embryo: A Defense of Human Life
- Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen
By looking rigorously at the science of embryological development and the moral norms that underwrite a just treatment of human beings, the authors make a purely scientific and philosophical case that the human embryo from the very beginning is a human being, entitled to all the moral and political rights inherent in that status. Just as none of us should be excluded from moral and legal protections based on race, sex, religion, or ethnicity, none should be excluded on the basis of age, size, or stage of biological development.
(2011). The Witherspoon Institute; 2nd edition. 289 pages. ISBN: 978-0-98149114-1.
The Unaborted Socrates
- Peter Kreeft
Is abortion a woman's right?
When does human life begin?
Should we legislate morality?
What would happen if the Socrates of old suddenly appeared in modern Athens? Peter Kreeft imagines the dialog that might ensue with three worthy opponents--a doctor, a philosopher and a psychologist--about the arguments surrounding abortion.
Kreeft uses Socratic technique to strip away the emotional issues and get to the heart of the rational objections to abortion. Logic joins humor as Socrates challenges the standard rhetoric and passion of the contemporary debate.
(1983). IVP Books. 155 pages. ISBN-10: 0877848106.
Natural Rights and the Right to Choose
- Hadley Arkes
Over the last thirty years the American political class has come to talk itself out of the doctrines ofnatural rightsthat formed the main teaching of the American Founders and Abraham Lincoln. With that move, it has removed the ground for its own rights. Ironically, this transition has been made without awareness, with a serene conviction that constitutional rights are being expanded. In the name ofprivacyandautonomy, new claims of liberty have been unfolded, all of them bound up in some way with the notion of sexual freedom. Theright to choose an abortionhas been therightto shift the political class from doctrines of natural right. This new right overturned the liberal jurisprudence of the New Deal, placing jurisprudence on a different foundation. If there is a right to abortion, it has been detached from the logic of natural rights and stripped of moral substance.
(2004). Cambridge University Press. 332 pages. ISBN:9780521604789.
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)