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The Only Pro-Life Book List You’ll Ever Need

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Brenna Lewis - 13 Oct 2021
The Only Pro-Life Book List You’ll Ever Need

 

For those bookworms out there, we have compiled the ultimate book list to learn about abortion, including how to defend the pro-life position, personal testimonies, post-abortion stories, and more. Whether you’re new to the pro-life movement, a longtime veteran, or not even sure how you feel about abortion, there’s always more to learn about this critical topic.

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Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime

Kristan Hawkins
176 pages (2013)

Everyday in America, pro-life students are ending abortion. The young people of this generation have survived abortion and have dedicated their lives to ending the greatest human rights tragedy our world has ever known. Yet, their stories, which are real and messy, won’t make the news headlines. However, they must be told. It will be their stories that inspire and encourage others to join with us to abolish abortion in our lifetime.

The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture
Scott Klusendorf
256 pages (2009)

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.

I Can Hear Music
Brendan Lyons
Children’s book (2021)

This children’s book advances a real understanding of life in the womb and provides a look inside the womb based on when the preborn are first able to hear outside noise and what they might remember. The book includes, at the end, a short timeline of development with actual medical and scientific sources referenced so that parents and growing children can see real evidence that what the book teaches is true.

Contact author Brendan Lyons for information about group sales and purchasing the book for pregnancy resource centers. 

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.

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

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

Why Pro-Life: Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers (Today’s Critical Concerns)
Randy Alcorn
144 pages (2004)

If pro-choicers are right, precious freedoms are in jeopardy. If pro-lifers are right, innocent children are being robbed of their most basic freedom—life. We need clear and credible answers to the central questions of the abortion debate. For those who have had abortions or are currently considering one, for pro-choicers and fence-straddlers alike, Why Pro-Life? provides answers to these questions in a concise, straightforward, and nonabrasive manner.

Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion
Theresa Burke
332 pages (2002)

Dr. Burke exposes the obstacles in the way of post-abortion healing, reviews the full range and depth of post-abortion adjustment problems and how to resolve them.

Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue
R.C. Sproul
233 pages (2010)

Dr. R.C. Sproul employs his unique perspective as a highly experienced pastor-theologian and a trained philosopher to provide well-considered and compassionate answers to the difficult abortion questions. Dr. Sproul considers both sides of this issue in terms of biblical teaching, civil law, and natural law.

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line 
Abby Johnson
288 pages (2011)

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 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.

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.

Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood
George Grant
431 pages (1997)

Thoroughly researched, carefully written, and comprehensively documented, “Grand Illusions” is the single best-selling volume of all time on Planned Parenthood’s role in the controversial matters of abortion and sex education. Also read: “Killer Angel” by same author.

Lime 5: Exploited by Choice
Mark Crutcher
318 pages (1996)

This is a unique and uncensored expose’ of the American abortion industry. It fully documents that 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.

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.

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.

Racketeer for Life
Joseph Scheidler
470 pages (2018)

Pro-Life Action League founder Joseph Scheidler (1927-2021) has been called the “Godfather of Pro-Life Activism” and led a singular life devoted to defending our unborn brothers and sisters. Now you can read his story in his own words.

Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives
William Brennan
287 pages (2000)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Life Issues, Medical Choices: 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.

When Choice Becomes God 
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.

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