This provocative book takes a critical look at what is increasingly viewed as the central political issue for Catholics—abortion. From pro-choice politicians being denied communion to Democrats being called "the party of death," for some of the most vocal Catholic leaders, the abortion issue often trumps all others. The author, a practicing Catholic who is against abortion in principle, believes the Church is on the wrong course with this issue, with grievous results for the Church and American society more broadly. He gives a brief history of abortion legislation, then explores the issue from legal, moral, and Christian perspectives, presenting compelling reasons why Church leaders and Catholics should stop trying to overturn Roe v. Wade and reconsider the issue.
This book offers readers a balanced approach to abortion. O'Brien gives voice to what intelligent, fair-minded people feel, but lack the words to express. Clear, persuasive, honest arguments lay waste to the bumper-sticker bombast from both sides of the abortion divide. The book is a gentle and effective example of how hard issues need not harden hearts but rather can be occasions for us to grow in wisdom and grace. Would that it could be required reading for all our Catholic bishops.--Denise Carmody, Jesuit Community Chair in Religious Studies, Santa Clara University