Arguably the most important moral issue of our day is the wholesale and wanton slaughter of the unborn. With some 100,000 unborn babies killed every year in Australia, and around 45-50 million a year worldwide, this is one of the most important ethical issues which we can and should be involved in.
While there are plenty of books presenting the pro-death side to this debate, all the volumes listed here are clearly pro-life. The great majority of these authors would be Christians, but many of these volumes make the case for life using secular language and non-biblical arguments.
Some of the volumes of course also offer the biblical rational for the sanctity of life and the evil of abortion. With over 60 volumes to choose from here, there is a lot on offer. If I were pressed to recommend what I consider to be the very best books, I would probably go with Alcorn (Pro-Life Answers), Beckwith, and Klusendorf for starters.
The moving story of former abortionist Carol Everett is well worth reading, as is the story of intended abortion victim Gianna Jessen (Shafer). Another big-time former abortionist, Bernard Nathanson, is also well worth reading. For stories of Australian women still grieving over their abortions, see Tankard-Reist.
We all need to be fully informed about this vitally crucial issue. Please do yourself a favour – and do a favour to the unborn – and read some of these books, master their arguments, and stand up for life. We are all under a pressing moral obligation to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.
Anderson, John, Cry of the Innocents: Abortion and the Race Towards Judgement. Bridge Publishing,1984.
Ankerberg, John and John Weldon, The Facts on Abortion. Harvest House Publishers, 1995.
Alcorn, Randy, Is Rescuing Right? InterVarsity Press, 1990.
Alcorn, Randy, Pro Life Answers To Pro Choice Questions. Multnomah Press, 1992, 2000.
Alcorn, Randy, Why Pro-Life? Multnomah Press, 2004.
Bachiochi, Erika, ed., The Cost of “Choice”. Encounter Books, 2004.
Bajema, Clifford, Abortion and the Meaning of Personhood. Baker Books, 1974.
Becker, Daniel, Personhood. TKS, 2011.
Beckwith, Francis, Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Beckwith, Francis, Politically Correct Death: Answering Arguments for Abortion Rights. Baker Books, 1993.
Bigliardi, Patricia, Beyond the Hidden Pain of Abortion. Women’s Aglow Fellowship, 1994.
Brown, Harold O.J., Death Before Birth. Thomas Nelson, 1977.
Clowes, Brian, The Facts of Life. Human Life International, 1997.
Davis, John Jefferson, Abortion and the Christian: What Every Believer Should Know. Presbyterian and Reformed, 1984.
Everett, Carol, The Scarlet Lady: Confessions of a Successful Abortionist. Wolgemuth and Hyatt, 1991.
Folger, Janet, True to Life. Sisters, Oregon: Loyal Publishing, 2000.
Fowler, Paul, Abortion: Toward an Evangelical Consensus. Multnomah Press, 1987.
Garton, Jean, Who Broke the Baby? Bethany House Publishers, 1979.
George, Robert and Christopher Tollefsen, Embryo: A Defense of Human Life. Doubleday, 2008.
Glessner, Thomas, Achieving an Abortion-Free America. Multnomah, 1990.
Grant, George, Killer Angel: A Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Founder Margaret Sanger. Ars Vitae Press, 1995.
Grant, George, Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood. Wolgemuth and Hyatt, 1988.
Grant, George, Immaculate Deception: The Shifting Agenda of Planned Parenthood. Northfield, 1996.
Grant, George, The Quick and the Dead: RU 486 and the New Chemical Warfare Against Your Family. Crossway, 1992.
Grant, George, Third Time Around: A History of the Pro-Life Movement from the First Century to the Present. Wolgemuth and Hyatt, 1991.
Hayford, Jack, I’ll Hold You in Heaven. Regal, 1986.
Hensley, Jeff Lane, ed., The Zero People. Servant Books, 1983.
Johnson, Abby, Unplanned. SaltRiver, 2010.
Kaczor, Christopher, The Ethics of Abortion. Routledge, 2011.
Klusendorf, Scott, The Case for Life. Crossway Books, 2009.
Koop, C. Everett, The Right To Live, the Right To Die. Tyndale House, 1976.
Kreeft, Peter, Three Approaches to Abortion. Ignatius Press, 2002.
Kreeft, Peter, The Unaborted Socrates. InterVarsity Press, 1983.
Lee, Patrick, Abortion and the Unborn Human Life. The Catholic University of America Press, 1996.
Marshall, Robert and Charles Donovan, Blessed are the Barren: The Social Policy of Planned Parenthood. Ignatius, 1991.
Mathewes-Green, Frederica, Real Choices: Offering Practical, Life-Affirming Alternatives to Abortion. Multnomah Press, 1994.
Michels, Nancy, Helping Women Recover From Abortion. Bethany House, 1988.
Nathanson, Bernard N., Aborting America. Doubleday and Company, 1979.
Nathanson, Bernard N., The Hand of God. Regnery, 1996.
Odell, Catherine and William, The First Human Right. Our Sunday Visitor Inc., 1983.
Olasky, Marvin, Abortion Rites. Crossway Books, 1992.
Reagan, Ronald, Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984.
Reardon, David C., Aborted Women: Silent No More. Loyola University Press, 1987.
Reardon, David C., Making Abortion Rare. Acorn Books, 1996.
Schlossberg, Terry and Elizabeth Achtemeier, Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church. Eerdmans, 1995.
Schwarz, Stephen, The Moral Question of Abortion. Loyola University Press, 1990.
Shaver, Jessica, Gianna: Aborted…and Lived to Tell About It. Focus on the Family, 1995.
Smith, F. LaGard, When Choice Becomes God. Harvest House Publishers, 1990.
Swindoll, Charles, Sanctity of Life. Word, 1990.
Tankard-Reist, Melinda, Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics. Melbourne: Spinifex Press, 2006.
Tankard-Reist, Melinda, Giving Sorrow Words: Women’s Stories of Grief after Abortion. Duffy and Snellgrove, 2000.
Terry, Randall, Accessory to Murder. Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1990.
Terry, Randall, Operation Rescue. Whitaker House, 1988.
Wagner, Teresa, ed., Back to the Drawing Board: The Future of the Pro-life Movement. St. Augustine’s Press, 2003.
Willke, Dr. & Mrs. J.C., Abortion, Questions and Answers. Hayes Publishing Company, 1988.
Young, Curt, The Least of These – What Everyone Should Know About Abortion. Moody Press, 1983, 1984.