Resources on Abortion

The practice of abortion is a moral outrage of our day. One is a human person from the time of conception. Killing the unborn is killing a member of the human community. Each person has value being made in the image of God. As Christians we need to have respect for the sanctity of life. “A person is a person no matter how small.” (Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who (1954).

Here are four resources providing information and guidance in addressing the abortion issue:

Marvin Olasky, Abortion Rites: A Social History of Abortion in America (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1992).

Based on his research in the Library of Congress and other major libraries for his doctoral dissertation Olasky’s history while clearly pro-life is fair and objective. It correct some mistaken views of pro-life activists as well as those of abortion advocates. This enlightening work sets the abortion issue in historical context which should be a benefit to all who are interested in truth.

Francis J. Beckwith, Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

“This outstanding book is a favorite of advanced pro-life apologists everywhere. The arguments presented are lucid and hard-hitting, but the style in suitable for both academic and advanced lay audiences. It’s one of the finest (if not the finest) systematic defenses of the pro-life position to date.” Scott Klusendorf

Francis J. Beckwith, Abortion and the Sanctity of Life (Joplin: College Press, 2000).

The purpose of this book “is to present a case against abortion rights and in support of unborn human beings that is accurate, fait, and does not compromise academic integrity, and yet is accessible to a wide range of people who, for differing reasons, would not ordinarily read technical literature on the subject.” (pp. 7-8)

Scott Klusendorf, The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2009).

The Case for Life is a veritable feast of helpful information about pro-life issues, the finest resource about these matters I have seen. It is accessible to the layperson, and it lays out a strategy for impacting the world for a culture of life.” J. P. Moreland

“Provides a clear and cogent biblical rationale for the sanctity and dignity of life, born or unborn. This is a great tool for the layman who knows he or she is pro-life, but doesn’t understand the presuppositions on which his or her beliefs are based or who doesn’t feel equipped to defend or discuss the issue with others.” Chuck Colson