Book Review: Why Pro Life?

Why Pro-Life? Caring For The Unborn And Their Mothers, by Randy Alcorn

This is among the most powerful little books that I have ever read—full of painful statistics, damning admissions by abortion advocates as to their own awareness of their genocidal hatred for the unborn, and also full of personally painful statistics and connections between the hostility to the unborn that abortion represents and the alarming rise of child abuse since 1973 as a result of souring and increasingly hostile attitudes by parents and adults towards children. If you read this book, be forewarned that while it is an extremely worthwhile read that it is by no means a pleasant one.

This short book, only about 120 pages long, is divided into five sections. The first section deals with the basics, including why we need to talk about abortion and why there is a false dilemma set up in pro-abortion arguments between the parent and the unborn child, ultimately arguing that pro-life is both pro-woman and pro-child. The second section deals with the child, looking at unmistakable scientific evidence that the unborn are children and that from the moment of conception there is a new life, distinct from the mother’s body (though residing in it for nine months), with rapidly growing capabilities that have been caught on camera and that how the unborn child as acting like a baby very early on in the womb, and pointing out the flaws of the bio-ethicist arguments about the meaningful nature of life, showing it as part of a wider culture of death that wishes to exterminate the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, and anyone else who is needy on the earth.

After this the book then looks in section three at the woman, asking whether abortion is really a woman’s rights issue, examining whether we have the rights to do what we want to with our bodies, or whether we have to consider its effects on others as well (a consistent pro-abortion argument would make rape and murder legal on precisely those grounds), examining the limitations of the right to privacy (which would also legalize child abuse and wife beating because those too are exceptionally private sins), looking at the harm of abortion to the physical and mental health of women based on sound and painful medical research, and examining the “red herrings” of abortion in case of pregnancies that risk a mother’s lie or that result from rape or incest—making a consistent anti-abortion evidence that refuses to punish the innocent (the child) for the sins of their fathers. Section our examines other important issues, including disabled and “unwanted” children, child abuse, the lack of a third option between pro-life and pro-abortion, and adoption. The fifth and final section examines spiritual perspectives, examining God’s ability to forgive abortion, the role of anti-abortion in fulfilling the Great Commission, and how the reader can help unborn babies and their mothers.

As a whole, the book takes a perspective that is refreshing with regards to the abortion question, showing itself as rigorously Christian, scientifically factual, and also consistently favorable to the rights of women and children. This is not a troglodyte argument about women being barefoot and pregnant, but rather an examination of the threat abortion presents to the dignity of women and children. This is made evident by statistics, logic, and the testimony of abortion supporters. Two particularly damning pieces of evidence struck me particularly strongly. First, the most consistent pro-abortion population group is single white men between the ages of twenty and forty-five, who support abortion because it allows them to void child support and paying a price for promiscuity [1]. As someone within that group who opposes both promiscuity and abortion, that makes me a definite anomaly. Additionally, the book also points out that the number of child abuses cases has quintupled since Roe vs. Wade because of abortion’s long-term damage on social attitudes towards caring and protecting for little children in general. As the survivor of child abuse, I too have been personally damaged, albeit indirectly, as a result of the culture of death represented by Roe vs. Wade, as have many millions of others.

The intended audience for this particular book appears to be those Christians who want evidence-based reasons for opposition to abortion, or those whose support of abortion is itself of the sort that it can be overcome by evidence and facts. The book pulls no punches and is direct, brutally honest, about the pain and suffering and damage that abortion causes. This book is therefore not recommended for the squeamish or the faint of heart, or for small children. However, it is a book that deserves a fair hearing from anyone who wishes to be an informed participant of the abortion debate, and who wishes to help make life better for both unborn children and their mothers.

[1] Randy Alcorn, Why Pro-Life? Caring For The Unborn And Their Mothers (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Pubishers, 2004), 59.

[2] Randy Alcorn, Why Pro-Life? Caring For The Unborn And Their Mothers (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Pubishers, 2004), 90.

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