I’m excited to introduce my book Pro-Choice or Pro-Life: Examining 15 Pro-Choice Claims—What Do Facts & Common Sense Tell Us? It tackles the predominant pro-choice claims head-on but does so in a thoughtful and non-aggressive way in order to reach pro-life and at least some pro-choice readers. This book is carefully written and edited, and I believe is a high-quality pro-life resource.
Here’s the book’s description:
There are few issues as consequential for our personal lives and communities as abortion. It divides people not only on the streets and in workplaces, but also in homes and churches. After all, this issue involves personal decisions about sex, pregnancy, parenting, and our health. So while abortion is difficult to talk about, it’s important to provide accurate information and a context in which that information can be discussed.
In this thoroughly researched and easy-to-read book, author Randy Alcorn examines fifteen major claims of the pro-choice position and shares fact-based, rational responses. If you have mixed feelings about abortion, as many people do, this book can be part of your quest for truth. If you’re pro-choice or pro-life, it can help you think through your position.
If we have any hope of understanding and engaging with each other, let’s move our dialogue beyond bumper stickers, memes, and tweets. Randy encourages readers to listen carefully to arguments on both sides of the abortion debate, and to look at the evidence and weigh it on its own merit.
The PDF is free, and we also offer a free discussion guide. The print version of the book is available from our ministry for a low cost. A single pro-life donor could purchase enough copies for their entire church.
Some might wonder how Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? is different than my books Why Pro-Life? and Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments. Size is the first and most obvious difference. Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments is over 143,000 words, and Why Pro-Life? is over 52,000 words, while Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? comes in at 32,000 words.
It is designed to be highly readable and welcoming, a book to hand someone you’re talking to without overwhelming them. Someone could ask a friend or family member, “Would you be willing to read this and let me know what you think?” It’s a very discussable book for one on one, or a small group where a leader could assign one or more chapter per week, and within a few months a group could receive a decent pro-life education.
Its smaller size will likely be a help, while the encyclopedic volume Pro-Life Answers contains more in-depth and thoroughly documented answers and will continue to be widely used by students for research papers, speeches, and debates.
Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? reflects the heart and soul of Pro-Life Answers to Pro-choice Arguments but distills the main arguments from thirty-nine down to fifteen major claims. It provides a more concise (though still substantial) response to each one. Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? focuses on the actual facts and logic that refute the claims, but being much smaller, it can have a broader reach.
Pro-Choice or Pro-Life? is also different in approach from Why Pro-Life?, which is less argument-intensive and addresses topics by chapters in order to lay out the pro-life case. Major pro-choice arguments are certainly included in Why Pro-Life?, but the chapters aren’t centered on directly responding to them.
Our prayer is that people around the world with a firm pro-life understanding and significant translation skills would be involved in rendering the book into other languages. There will be no royalties or licensing fees. Groups can print and give it away or sell it as they wish. Our goal is simply to get the truth out. (If you’re interested in translating it, please contact us.)
Join me in praying that God will use this book to make an impact!
Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.