As someone who believes in the dignity and worth of every human life, chances are you’ve gotten into a discussion at some point with a friend or family member who is pro-abortion. If so, you know that a calm, charitable discussion of the facts, rather than angry rhetoric, is the most effective method of engagement.
But having such fact-based discussions requires that we first be educated in all the issues involved—and no, just saying “abortion ends a human life” isn’t sufficient argumentation (even though it should be). With that in mind, here are 5 books to better equip you to engage family and friends who believe abortion is a woman’s right.
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1. Ten Universal Principles
by Rober Spitzer, S.J.
Like it or not, the debate over issues like abortion and euthanasia is shaped by philosophers, ethicists, and college professors. These men and women argue about philosophical concepts like like bodily autonomy and personhood—-issues that call into question what it really means to be human. As abortion statistics show, the wrong philosophy can have a devastating impact, leading to death for thousands, even millions of human beings. If we are going to be effective pro-life witnesses, we must understand the philosophical ideas involved and know how to address them rationally.
I can think of no better book to equip one to defend the solid philosophical foundation for the pro-life position than Fr. Robert Spitzer’s Ten Universal Principles. Brief and easily understood, Ten Universal Principles walks through 10 moral, ethical, and philosophical beliefs that are the foundation of the pro-life position. If these beliefs are denied, the foundations of justice collapse. Every pro-lifer should read this book at least once.
2. Adam and Eve After the Pill
by Mary Eberstadt
Few things have transformed our culture more rapidly or profoundly than the sexual revolution. In Adam and Eve After the Pill, essayist and author Mary Eberstadt deftly chronicles the moral, social, and cultural consequences of severing human sexuality from procreation. This is the go to book for understanding just how deeply the contraceptive mentality has transformed the world as we know it.
by Dr. Monica Miller
Some have called Abandoned the best book ever written on abortion. In this gripping account, professor and activist Monica Migliorino Miller relates how she came face to face with the gruesome reality of abortion, and how it motivated her to tell the world about the holocaust happening in our own backyards. Click here for our full review of Abandoned.
by Dan Becker
A growing consensus among pro-lifers acknowledges that personhood is not an issue for pro-lifers, it is the issue, and abortion will continue until the personhood of the pre-born child is affirmed and enshrined in our laws. If you’re looking for a concise and practical introduction to the concept of legal personhood, and how it can bring an end to abortion, look no further than Dan Becker’s Personhood. This excellent little book explains the moral and legal foundations of human personhood, and how you can bring the personhood movement to your state.
by Abby Johnson
While many don’t realize it, Planned Parenthood is a business that generates most of its income through abortions. No one knows this better than Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-lifer. Her powerful and compelling story is sure to renew your passion to end abortion once and for all. But most of all, it will encourage you to love and pray for those in the abortion industry—women and men like Abby who might just have a change of heart.
What books do you recommend? Leave your answer in the comments.