Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Let the debate begin
Arm yourself with knowledge from skilled defenders of life

A guest post by THE RAVING THEIST

Speaking at Notre Dame, President Obama called for us to find common ground on abortion in a fair-minded, civil debate. But you will search in vain for the man's own scholarship on the issue. The question of when life begins is by his own admission above his pay grade, and his contribution to the dialogue has consisted of nothing but the usual shrill and simplistic abortion-lobby cliches. The last thing Planned Parenthood wants Americans to do is think about the nature of abortion—whether aided by arguments or ultrasounds— and its talk about "common ground" amounts to little more than this.

Taking the President at his word, however, I will encourage a debate. Go get yourself a copy of Randy Alcorn's classic Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments Expanded & Updated*, Francis J. Beckwith's Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice, or Scott Klusendorf's Pro-Life 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Case Persuasively.

If you are not a conservative, try Vasu Murti's The Liberal Case Against Abortion. Bernard Nathanson's Aborting America, in addition to providing a fascinating history of the abortion movement in the United States, will give you valuable insights into the pro-choice mindset and strategy.

After reading any one of these books you will discover that your pro-choice opponents are not merely outgunned, but, in fact, completely unarmed.

*When you purchase from Amazon through a link on The Dawn Patrol, the commission on your purchase goes to help pregnant women who suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum. For details, click here.