Movies & Books on Abortion

Pro-Life Books

Abortion: Questions and Answers
Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke
78 pages (1984)

An internationally known expert in the field of human sexuality and abortion, Dr. Willke has been a practicing physician for over thirty years. Author of seven books, he has lectured around the world for over two decades. His in-depth knowledge of today’s abortion culture and the Right-To-Life movement has made him uniquely qualified to speak on its analogy to slavery.

The Abortion Paper: Inside the Abortion Mentality
Bernard Nathanson
240 pages (1984)

Dr. Nathanson, a former abortionist and co-founder of NARAL, criticizes the faulty reasoning behind the pro-choice position. 

Bad Choices: A Look Inside Planned Parenthood
Doug Scott
(1992)

An exposition of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

Birth Control: Why are They Lying to Women?
J.C. Espinosa, M.D.
(1980)

An explanation of the difference between contraception and abortion; and how many so-called “contraceptive pills” are actually abortaficients.

A Child is Born
Lennart Nilsson
240 pages (2004)

Swedish photographer Nilsson presents a hundreds of pictures about the transmission of life, including many graphic color images of aborted children, and embryos in vivo.  

Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion
Joseph Scheidler
350 pages (1985)

Scheidler, National Director of the Pro-Life Action League and former Benedictine monk, whom Pat Buchanan once called “the green beret of the pro-life movement,” explains 99 peaceful but effective ways to close down abortion clinics devised from his experience in the movement.

Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Rights
Francis J. Beckwith
312 pages (2007)

Beckwith offers a respectful nonreligious case for why the prolife view of human life is correct, responding to the strongest pro-choice arguments found in law, science, philosophy, politics, and the media, including the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. 

Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives
William Brennan
287 pages (1995)

Brennan shows how the same dehumanizing language has been used to justify not only abortion but all of the worst crimes against humanity.

Ending Abortion: Not Just Fighting It
Fr. Frank Pavone
223 pages (2006)

Fr. Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in one-hundred short essays defends and details the pro-life position. 223 pages.

Evangelium Vitae
Pope John Paul II
176 pages (1995)

Papal encyclical clarifying the Catholic Church’s position on the inviolability and value of human life—not only addressing abortion but euthanasia and capital punishment. Infallibly and irreversibly condemns murder, abortion, and euthanasia. 

Humanae Vitae
Pope Paul VI
30 pages (1968)

Papal encyclical reaffirming Catholic teaching against abortion, contraception, and sterilization. Promotes Natural Family Planning and makes amazingly prescient predictions about the direction the West was taking, all of which have proven true since. 

Life Choices, Medical Issues: Questions and Answers for Catholics
Dr. Janet Smith
188 pages (2007)

Life Issues, Medical Choices not only provides answers to many questions troubling Catholics; and supplies fundamental principles of Catholic thought to help readers arrive at morally sound decisions in those areas that have yet to be settled.

The Human Development Hoax: Time to Tell the Truth
Ward C. Kischer and Dianne N. Irving
296 pages (1997)

Kischer, a scientist, and Irving, a philosopher, biochemist, and bioethicist, ask, ‘is the human being and the person the same thing–or not?’ Referenced, fully indexed and written in laymen’s terms, this book is a resource for anyone seeking the truth about the science of human embryology. 

Margaret Sanger: The Father of Modern Society
Elasah Drogin
127 pages (1989)

A brief critique of Margaret Sanger. 

Matters of Life and Death
Francis J. Beckwith
391 pages (1992)

A philosopher considers the questions of abortion and euthanasia.

The Moral Question of Abortion
Stephen Schwarz
290 pages (1990)

A comprehensive analysis of the abortion debate. 

No Exception: A Pro-Life Imperative
Charles Rice
(1990)

Legal scholar Rice lays out a comprehensive, consistent vision of the pro-life view.

Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights
Francis J. Beckwith
256 pages (1993)

Thorough explanation of sixty-nine ethical and philosophical arguments sometimes given to defend a pro-choice position and persuasive pro-life responses to each. 

Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square
Clark Forsythe
319 pages (2009)

Addressing the frustration in the pro-life movement in the wake of the Obama presidency, the senior counsel to Americans United for Life asks, ‘is it moral or effective to achieve a partial good in politics and public policy when the ideal is not possible?’ He answers affirmatively, and along the way helps readers understand the nature and value of prudence in the public square, especially when it comes to enacting a pro-life legislative agenda. 

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Questions
Randy Alcorn
455 pages (2000)

Real answers to real questions appear in logical and concise form. 

Stand Up Girl: Take Charge of Your Unexpected Pregnancy
Becky Fraser
172 pages (2006)

Becky Fraser was an unmarried college student who became pregnant. Using her experiences, she wrote this book to help women sort out their options and ask the important questions. But even more important, Fraser will help you overcome your fear, take control and move ahead, confident that you can stand up and handle the details of this very important time in your life.

Three Approaches to Abortion
Peter Kreeft
133 pages (2002)

A thoughtful and compassionate guide to today’s most controversial issue. Without sounding “judgmental,” demolishes the pro-choice position. 

The Unaborted Socrates: The Dramatic Debate on Issues Surrounding Abortion
Peter Kreeft
155 pages (1983)

The greatest questioner of all-time returns to contemporary society to interrogate abortion debaters. Is abortion a woman’s right? When does human life begin? Should we legislate morality? What would happen if Socrates suddenly appeared in modern Athens? Peter Kreeft imagines the dialogue 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.

Their Blood Cries Out
Troy Newman
227 pages (2001)

President of Operation Rescue and adoptee Troy Newman wrote this book as a result of his years of work in the pro-life movement. The contents are a sum of the great teachings from the author’s pastors, leaders, collaborators and individuals who shared biblical insights with him.

When Choice Becomes God
F. LaGard Smith
9 pages (1990)

Law professor Smith unravels the political euphemisms of the pro-choice movement.

Who Broke the Baby: What the Abortion Slogans Really Mean
Jean Garton
141 pages (1998)

Solid responses to the slogans used to promote abortion by Lutherans for Life president Jean Garton.

Will I Cry Tomorrow: Healing Post-Abortion Trauma
Susan M. Stanford
176 pages (1987)

Dr. Susan Stanford-Rue’s poignant story of her own abortion experience and the long process of healing thereafter. By prov­ing that women as well as infants are the victims of abor­tion, this timely, evocative book guides readers in reaching out with compassion and insight.

You’re Not Alone: Healing Through God’s Grace After Abortion
Jennifer O’Neill
240 pages (2005)

Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, you probably agree on one thing: abortion hurts women, both mentally and physically. Unfortunately, both sides are guilty of ignoring the individual in favor of the higher moral ground. This book is designed to help people heal from their abortions and put guilt, shame, fear, and doubt behind them.

O’Neill—actress, model, and national spokeswoman of Silent No More—draws on her own experiences with post-abortion syndrome to show women that Christ still loves them even if they have sinned; and that healing is possible. 

Movies

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Please know that some of these movies are not suitable for children. In many of the films, the pro-life message is subtle but present.

Documentaries

Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America (2009)
A stunning expository of the rampant racism in abortion industry, that began as a eugenics movement and continues today in the targeting of minority communities by Planned Parenthood.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLnNi_qb7nY

I Was Wrong (2007)
Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, never could have imagined the outcome of her deception: 4,000 abortions a day since 1973. Norma never had an abortion, but her Supreme Court case brought abortion on demand to America. Joyce Zounis’ choice of abortion, not once but seven times, nearly cost her life. This is the story of Norma and Joyce and how they found healing.

Lake of Fire (2006)
Rating: Not rated.
This graphic documentary explores both sides of the abortion struggle. The movie contains footage of actual abortions and of extremists protesting outside of abortion clinics.

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1586823449/

The Silent Scream
The Silent Scream has been called the most important pro-life video in the history of legalized abortion. This videos shows through ultrasound an abortion being performed and a child screaming inside the womb.

View online: http://www.silentscream.org/video1.htm

Pro-Life Themes and Messages

Bella (2006)
Rating: PG-13
Bella is a true love story about how one day in New York City changed three people forever. This movie looks at adoption in a whole new light. Winner of the 2006 Toronto Film Festival’s People Choice Award.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ9AkTrbxgk

Juno (2006)
Rating: PG-13
When Juno, a teenage girl pregnant by her best friend, finds out that her unborn baby has fingernails, she decides to forgo her plan to have an abortion, and instead embarks on a quest to find a family responsible enough to adopt her child. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, and Nominee for the 2008 Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture. Warning: crude language.
Talking Points

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0SKf0K3bxg

A Distant Thunder (2004)
Things are not always as they seem, especially when entering the halls of a desperate mind. The 2006 Crown Award Winner for Best Drama -Gold, Best Screenplay -Gold, and Best Picture -Silver.

Trailer: http://www.adistantthunder.com/trailer.php

Amazing Grace (2006)
Rating: PG
The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament in 19th century England, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

Trailer: http://www.amazinggracemovie.com/

Holly’s Story (2002)
Faced with the dilemma of an unplanned pregnancy, Holly makes a choice – a choice that affects the rest of her life.

One Day in May (2002)
A college senior must overcome abuse and betrayal to fight for the life of his girlfriend’s unborn baby.

Trailer: http://www.2edged.com/oneday/pages/trailer.shtml

Children of Men (2006)
Rating: R
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.

Trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/childrenofmen/

Waitress (2007)
Rating: PG-13
Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZccnrYn8dA

Knocked Up (2007)
Rating: R
For fun-lving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she’s pregnant. Winner of two 2007 Teen Choice Awards. Warning: Crude language and behavior.
Talking Points

Trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/knockedup/

Science Fiction

Gattaca (1997)
Rating: PG-13
Gattaca is the fictional story of a genetically inferior man who assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. This movie explores what could happen in a society with “designer” babies and gene selection.

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/videogallery/content_type-Trailer

The Island (2005)
Rating: PG-13
A man goes on the run after he discovers that he is actually a “harvested being,” and is being kept along with others in a utopian facility.

Trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/the_island/international/

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Rating: PG 13
After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116654/videogallery/content_type-Trailer

Listen

 

Peter Kreeft on arguments against abortion:   Pro-Life Philosophy

Kreeft v  Boonin – 2005 debate on abortion: http://www.mmisi.org/mp3/lectures/cicero120105.mp3