Wednesday 14 June 2017

20 Answers Abortion - Trent Horn - 20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers

20 Answers Abortion
20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers
Trent Horn
Catholic Answers Press

ISBN 9781938983818
eISBN 9781938983832

Talk about a hard topic. There are few topics more controversial in today’s word as Abortion. And the Catholic Church is one of the few institutions that still take a stand on this issue. And the legal status of abortion has changed so much even in our lifetime. I grew up in the era in Canada of Dr. Henry Morgentaler and at the time his illegal clinics in both Ontario and Quebec. And to be honest back in high school I did not really understand the heart of the debate, and freely admit that it is not an east topic. But what this book does is sets out to give a broad overview of the topic, and specifically from the official teachings of the church. 

The 20 Questions that Trent answers are:

1. What is abortion?
2. What is the legal status of abortion in the United States?
3. What’s wrong with being pro-choice? No one is forcing pro-life people to have abortions. Why can’t other people have the right to choose whether or not they want to be parents and use abortion if it is right for them?
4. Is it possible to know when life begins, or is this just a religious belief that can’t be answered?
5. Even if a fetus is biologically human, how do we know a fetus is “fully” human, or a person with rights? After all, a fetus can’t think or feel, and it can’t survive on its own. Can we really say something like that is a person?
6. Even if the fetus is a person, shouldn’t women still have the right to control their own bodies?
7. Perhaps women can’t do whatever they want with their own bodies, but why should they be forced to keep their fetuses alive against their will? We would never force a parent to donate his kidney in order to save his own child’s life, so why should we force pregnant women to donate their bodies to keep their fetuses alive?
8. Do you support abortion in the case of rape? I’m not in favor of all abortions, but I do think that if a woman is raped, she should be able to have an abortion, since she never chose to have sex. Plus, having the baby would just add even more trauma on top of the rape.
9. If abortion were made illegal, then women would be forced to get abortions from untrained “back-alley” abortionists. Shouldn’t we keep abortion legal so that it’s at least safe?
10. If abortion were made illegal, then what should the punishment be for a woman who chose to have one?
11. Would you be against abortion even if the woman’s life was in danger or the fetus was going to die anyway?
12. Some women just can’t have a baby during difficult times in their lives. What about the fourteen-year-old pregnant girl who will be thrown out on the street by her parents? Or the mom who can’t even feed the children she has now? Surely these women need reproductive options in order to help them with these difficult circumstances.
13. If pro-life people don’t want abortions to happen, then why don’t they promote using contraceptives in order to prevent unintended pregnancies?
14. I can’t stand hypocritical anti-abortion people. How many children have they adopted? Will they pay for all these children they don’t want aborted? Most of them are men who shouldn’t even be talking about the issue in the first place!
15. Does the Bible teach that abortion is wrong?
16. Does the Catholic Church teach that abortion is wrong?
17. Abortion is certainly an important issue, but it’s not the only issue. Shouldn’t pro-lifers broaden their focus and work to end other threats to human life, such as the death penalty, war, poverty, sex trafficking, and racism?
18. My friend is pregnant and thinking of getting an abortion. What should I do?
19. I know someone who has had an abortion. How can I reach out to her and help her overcome her pain and guilt?
20. What can I do to end abortion?

Unlike many books in this series most of the quotes and references in this book are not from church sources. They are from government survey’s, news and media outlets and from books. There are a few quotes used from Evangelium Vitae, and Catechism of the Catholic Church. In my opinion this book touches too briefly on the topic of the emotional and spiritual impact that abortions can have on the health of women who have had abortions or men who encouraged it. 

Not an easy book but one worth reading. I have read 21 of the 23 books currently available in this series. And to be honest this was the hardest review to write. Ever if someone struggles with the churches teaching in this area this book will open their eyes to a number of things they may not have considered. A good book in a great series.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Note 2: Currently this series of books is being offered at a 50% discount so get it while you can. That is right you can get all 23 physical books or all 23 eBooks for just $39.95! If you want a way to go deeper this year give this series a try! 


20 Answers Series:
20 Answers Abortion - Trent Horn
20 Answers Angels & Demons - Fr. Mike Driscoll
20 Answers Atheism - Matt Fradd
20 Answers Death & Judgement - Trent Horn
20 Answers Divorce & Remarriage - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers End of Life - Jason Negri
20 Answers Faith & Science - Trent Horn
20 Answers God - Trent Horn
20 Answers Islam - Andrew Blezad
20 Answers Jehovah's Witnesses - Trent Horn
20 Answers Mary - Tim Staples
20 Answers Miracles - Karlo Broussard
20 Answers Mormonism - Trent Horn
20 Answers Salvation - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Scripture and Tradition - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Bible - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Eucharist - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Papacy - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Real Jesus - Trent Horn

20 Answers The Church - Trent Horn
20 Answers Witchcraft & the Occult - Michelle Arnold
20 Answers Apparitions & Revelations - Michael O'Neill
20 Answers Bible Prophecy - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Homosexuality - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Reformation - Steve Weidenkopf
20 Answers The Sacraments - Fr. Mike Driscoll

20 Answers Bioethics - Stacy A. Trasancos
20 Answers Conversion - Shaun McAfee
20 Answers Faith and Works - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Anti-Catholic Myths - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers The End Times - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers The Rosary - Tom Nash
20 Answers Seasons & Feasts – Michelle Arnold
20 Answers New Age -  Michelle Arnold
20 Answers Catholic Social Teaching – Mark Brumley
20 Answers Prayer – Hugh Barbour O. Praem and Sebastian Walshe O. Praem
20 Answers Faith & Reason – Christopher Kaczor
20 Answers The New Testament – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Protestantism – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Marriage & Sex – Todd Aglialoro
20 Answers The Early Church – Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Old Testament – Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Judaism – Michelle Arnold
20 Answers The Sacraments – Father Mike Driscoll

Other Books from Catholic Answers:
Hard Sayings: A Catholic Approach to Answering Bible Difficulties - Trent Horn
A Daily Defense: Apologetics Lessons for Every Day - Jimmy Akin
The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church - Rod Bennett
Answering Atheism - How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity - Trent Horn
Persuasive Pro Life: How to Talk About Our Culture's Toughest Issue - Trent Horn and Fr Frank Pavone
The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation's Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism - Devin Rose
Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines - Tim Staples
Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians - James L. Papandrea
Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World - Fr. Mike Driscoll
Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith - Devin Rose
100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura - Dave Armstrong
The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Brings You to Eternal Life - Jimmy Akin
The Truth is Out There (Brendan and Erc in Exile Book 1 - Brother Amadeus and Amadeus
...Memorize the Reasons! Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory - Kevin Vost
Marching Orders: A Tactical Plan for Converting the World to Christ - Dan McGuire

The Fathers Know Best - Jimmy Akin
Why We're Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love - Trent Horn
The Old Evangelization: How to Spread the Faith Like Jesus Did - Eric Sammons

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