Review by Dr. Pravin Thevathasan, Editor, Catholic Medical Quarterly (UK).
The author of this superb work is an award-winning journalist. The book presents 119 top myths about abortion and detailed arguments against them by use of science, philosophy and, when required, theology. Above all else the arguments are logical and any fair minded person will be open to persuasion. The arguments are presented in a clear and concise manner. The book is easy to read.
I finished the book with the strong impression that being pro-life means being pro-woman. The idea that the unborn child is in a state of perpetual conflict with the mother is a myth conjured up by pro-abortionists. Women need to have the support of a culture to help them have the child, says the author. Apart from abortion, other topics include artificial contraception, Natural Family Planning and genetic screening.
Is abortion amoral? No, says the author. The intentional killing of an innocent human being is always a moral decision. Does life start at birth? No, at conception there is a human being with a distinct, unchanging and unrepeatable genetic code. The author also notes that a disproportionate number of female unborn children are aborted: why aren’t the feminists protesting? Continue reading here.
Devastating analysis of the incoherence, illogicality, sophistry, double standards and often ludicrous obfuscations of the abortionists’ case . . . Really handy resource for anyone committed to the pro-life cause – Catholic Herald
The Catholic Herald (UK) has just released a great review of one of our latest publications, namely The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by award-winning Catholic editorialist Angelo Stagnaro, OSF. You can read the full review here.
The book is available in paperback and ebook editions from the usual outlets and directly from the publishers. It can also be found at the Vatican libraries.
Stagnaro gives a loving and logical response to the tragedy of abortion. Dealing with 119 myths invoked in its support, from complex arguments rooted in medicine, ethics and jurisprudence to sheer urban legend, he decisively refutes the ‘pro-choice’ manifesto. Substantial medical research is drawn upon, proving the beginning of human life at conception and the medical risks of abortion to the mother as well as the child detailed convincingly. The terrible phenomenon of sex-selective abortion, in which so many female babies are disposed of with chilling demographic effects, receives merited observation as does the grisly reality of what actually goes in abortion clinics. The author is not afraid to tackle sensitive cases, such as the small minority of abortions in which children have been conceived through rape and incest, aiming at genuine compassion for all concerned.
No quarter is given to moral and logical fallacies, which are often dealt with, with a tough New York wit (my favourite example being his response to the myth “You are against abortion because you cannot get pregnant: Those who support abortion have already been born,” p. 49). The advocacy of artificial contraception as an alternative to abortion is shown to have no bearing in reality, the example of New York City among other areas being shown. What is needed is a Christian humanism, in which human life from conception to death is regarded as a sacred and inviolable gift to be embraced. Stagnaro also notes the dangers of genetically engineered ‘designer babies,’ with those who do not make the grade being dispensable. He understands that many of the arguments for abortion can and have been used to defend infanticide and many other horrors that even most pro-choice people would wish to avoid. Those who wish to fight for an authentic culture of life have a sword and shield in this book.
Christopher Villiers, Catholic theologian and poet.