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Biblical and Religious Resources: Abortion

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Abortion -- religious and moral aspects -- Links

The 40 Film -- Features a trailer for a pro-life documentary.  The full DVD of the documentary can be ordered from this site, too. -- "Motivated by our Christian calling to establish justice, to expose evil injustices, to minister to the needy and helpless, and to extend love to every human person, aims to expose the practice of abortion as an injustice of historic proportions." 

Abortion -- A collection of essays from Presbyterians for Faith, Family, and Ministry.

Abortion -- An article by John-Stewart Gordon in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Abortion -- An article by philosopher Kelley Ross, criticizing various pro-choice and pro-life arguments.

Abortion and Martyrdom -- This book, edited by Aidan Nichols, asks whether aborted children can be declared "blood martyrs." 

The Abortion Debate -- A course by Charles Bellinger at Texas Christian University.

Abortion is the Unchoice -- "This site was developed by the Elliot Institute, and is the home of The UnChoice education/outreach campaign. The UnChoice Campaign shares important new evidence about coerced and unwanted abortions in user-friendly, compassionately presented formats. Many lives of women and children are at risk as you read this; but a more authentically pro-life/pro-woman hope is on the horizon, too." -- "We have brought together quality information on the abortion debate from many different sources and made it available to the world in one abortion megasite. We believe these facts point to an obvious conclusion. You are free to accept or reject this conclusion. We simply ask that whatever you do, do it on the basis of fact."

After Abortion -- A pro-life site that focuses on the topic of negative psychological consequences for women after abortion.

American Life League -- Offers news articles and essays which support the pro-life cause.

And Then There Were None -- Provide financial, emotional, spiritual and legal support to anyone wishing to leave the abortion industry. ATTWN will provide the following: Up to three months of financial support after a worker resigns; Emotional support as often as needed during the transition time; A spiritual advisor of the former worker’s choosing; Legal counsel who will protect the worker’s interests at no cost during transition." A pro-life site founded by former abortion clinic director Abby Johnson. 

Application of an Ethics of Virtue to the Issue of Abortion -- An essay by Janet Smith.

Being and Nature of the Unborn Child -- A 2000 article by T.F. Torrance in Theology Matters.

Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform -- An educational pro-life organization whose mission is to make abortion unthinkable. CCBR conveys the humanity of the unborn and the inhumane nature of abortion through visual displays, as well as trains people how to articulate a scientific and philosophical defense for the position against abortion.

ClinicQuotes -- Featuring a large collection of articles and photos. Many articles focus on the words of present or former abortion providers. 

Consistent Life:  An International Network for Peace, Justice, and Life -- "We are committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today's world by war, the arms race, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment, and euthanasia. We believe that these issues are linked under a 'consistent ethic of life'. We challenge those working on all or some of these issues to maintain a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation, and respect in protecting the unprotected." 

Democrats for Life -- "We believe in the legal protection of unborn life and a comprehensive, bipartisan approach to reducing the number of abortions in America and around the world. We believe in supporting women and children, strengthening families and communities, and protecting the environment. We favor eliminating unfair discrimination, improving education, and preserving the American dream for all Americans. We believe in the elimination of the death penalty, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research." 

Endowment for Human Development -- A collection of intrauterine videos. 

Feminism and Nonviolence Studies -- An interdisciplinary journal published by the Feminism and Nonviolence Studies Assocation.

Feminists for Life -- An organization which seeks to join together feminism and pro-life activism. Essays -- A large collection of essays by Frederica Mathewes-Green, on topics such as Eastern Orthodoxy, abortion, and contemporary movies.

George Parkin Grant on the Unthought Ontology of Abortion -- A 2006 essay by Roberta Bayer.

German Suprere Court Decision on Abortion -- An article about a 1975 ruling of the German Supreme Court, contrasting it with Roe v. Wade.

Horation Robinson Storer, M. D. (1830-1922) -- Contains materials about Dr. Storer, a prominent 19th century anti-abortion physician.

Human Life International -- "The mission of HLI is to create effective opposition to the culture of death around the world. With 99 satellite offices in 87 countries, Human Life International is the largest pro-life and missionary organization in the world." 

The Interim -- Canada's Pro-Life Pro-Family Newspaper Online.

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LifeSiteNews -- A non-profit Internet service dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family. It was launched in September 1997. LifeSiteNews Daily News reports and information pages are used by numerous organizations and publications, educators, professionals and political, religious and life and family organization leaders and grassroots people across North America and internationally." A major source for pro-life news stories.

Max Scheler's Principle of Moral Solidarity and Its Implications for the Pro-Life Movement -- A 1995 essay by John Crosby.

Meehan Reports -- Features the work of Mary Meehan, a writer and public speaker from Maryland who has spoken on numerous college and university campuses across the country, and is available to speak to your group.

National Pro-Life Religious Council -- A Christian coalition which acknowledges Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and is called to affirm and witness to the Biblical standard of the value, dignity, and sanctity of human life.

National Right To Life Committee --  The official site of a major pro-life organization. 

Nightmares of Choice:  The Psychological Effects of Performing Abortions -- An essay by Rachel MacNair published in the September 2003 issue of Touchstone.

On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade:  A Public Discourse Symposium -- A collection of pro-life articles written in 2013, by Ryan T. Anderson, Elise Italiano, Michael New, Daniel K. Williams, Gerard V. Bradley, and Michael Stokes Paulsen.

An Open Letter to Religions Leaders on Abortion as a Moral Decision -- A statement from the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing.

Personhood and Abortion:  An African Perspective -- A 2010 article by Ebunoluwa O. Oduwole in Lumina.

Physical and Psychological Complications of Abortion -- A five part article from a pro-life perspective. 

Physicians for Life -- Draws attention to the issues of abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, cloning, infanticide, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, out-of-wedlock sexual activity and the medical merits of risk elimination through sexual abstinence. Our sponsoring organization, Alabama Physicians For Life, was founded in 1986 and has produced a series of brochures, booklets, and digests which are distributed throughout the USA, and internationally.

Planned Parenthood vs. Casey at 20:  The Worst Constitutional Decision of All Time -- A 2012 essay by Michael Stokes Paulsen.

Pro-Life Action League -- Founded by Joseph M. Scheidler in 1980 with the aim of saving unborn children through non-violent direct action, dedicated to stopping the killing and the exploitation. Some of the league's main activities are: Abortion Clinic Presence, Public Protest, Confronting the Abortionists, Promoting and Defending Activism, Broadcasting the Pro-Life Message, and Youth Outreach.

Pro-Life Aristotle -- An interview with pro-life philosopher Christopher Kaczor.

Questions On Abortion and the Struggle Against Tyranny -- An essay by Charles Bellinger.

Rachel's Vineyard Ministries -- "Rachel's Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. We also offer a 15-week support group model for Rachel's Vineyard. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life."

Religion Online Abortion Essays

Second Look Project -- Presents basic facts and ideas about abortion, from a pro-life point of view.

Secular Pro-Life -- "If you are pro-life because abortion violates the Constitutional right to life, science shows that human life begins at conception, abortion hurts women, or for any other non-religious reason: make yourself at home! Here you will meet like-minded atheists, theists, and agnostics who are eager to save lives and fight the media portrayal of pro-lifers as 'religious extremists.'"

Silent No More Awareness -- A Campaign where Christians make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women and men. The campaign seeks to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion. The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of July, 2012 the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,119 Gatherings in 10 countries & 48 states with 5,554 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. There are 1,637 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with over 214 that are shared via video.

Susan B. Anthony Foundation -- "The SBA List's Six Point Mission: 1) Elect pro-life women or pro-life men who oppose pro-abortion women to Congress through our SBA List Candidate Fund; 2) Educate voters on critical pro-life issues and on upcoming legislation; 3) Train and equip pro-life activists nationwide to run successful political and grassroots campaigns; 4) Promote positive responses in both traditional and new media to dispel the myths and distortions of the abortion lobby; 5) Advocate passage of pro-life legislation in Congress, directly with legislators and through mobilizing direct citizen lobbying; and 6) Connect legislative and electoral consequences through our Votes Have Consequences Program."

University Faculty for Life -- Founded in 1989 to promote research, dialogue and publication by faculty who respect the value of human life from inception to natural death. Abortion, infanticide and euthanasia are highly controversial topics, but we believe they should not be resolved by the shouting, newsbites and slogans that have dominated popular presentations. Because we believe the evidence is on our side, we would like to assure a hearing for our views in the academic community.

The Visible Embryo -- A comprehensive resource of information on human development from conception to birth, designed for both medical student and interested lay people. The Visible Embryo offers a detailed pictorial account of normal and abnormal development.

Vitae Caring Foundation -- Home of the pro-life TV commercials.

Abortion -- religious and moral aspects -- Books