Resources: Pro-life advocacy & encouragement


Pro-Life Advocacy & Encouragement

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The Case for Life by Scott Klusendorf 
“Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture”
The pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas – provided Christians properly understand and articulate that message.

Choose Zoe by Laura Lynn Hughes 
“A Story of Unplanned Parenthood and the Case for Life”

Compelling Interest by Roger Resler 
“The Real Story Behind Roe v. Wade”

Dancing with Max by Emily Colson
A suddenly single mother discovers her only child has autism. This is a story of grace and second chances and joy in spite of life’s hardest problems.

Gianna by Jessica Shaver 
“Aborted … And Lived to Tell About It”

In Jesse’s Shoes by Beverly Lewis (fiction)
Lewis’ story helps children learn to embrace others with special needs.

Joy Will Come by Lindsay Pepin Ophus, Scarlet Pepin, and Bethany Pepin
The story of a gifted teenage girl with the seemingly perfect Christian life and family who was suddenly wrecked by the hidden secret of her high school pregnancy. This is a story of God’s love, so pure and so powerful that it can reach all the way through our hurt to touch us and bring us back into His arms.

Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment Can Last Forever by Dr. Wess Stafford
Whether it’s your own son or daughter or someone else’s child, you have the opportunity to shape their soul and life with the power of your words and actions. Stafford shares 68 stories that will encourage you to bless a child.

The Long Awakening by Lindsey O’Connor (not currently available through Focus on the Family)
Due to complications during childbirth, O’Connor was placed in a medically induced coma for 47 days. Her memoir shares what her family endured and her own difficult journey of healing.

Perfectly Human by Sarah Williams
Happily married with two children, Oxford University professor Sarah Williams had credentials, success, and knowledge. It took someone who would never have any of these things — a preborn daughter who could not survive outside Sarah’s womb – to teach her what it means to be human. Baby Cerian’s story raises vital questions about what we value and where we are headed as a culture.

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments by Randy Alcorn 
Alcorn addresses and refutes pro-abortion arguments. He offers a church position statement on abortion, a Bible study for group discussion, and suggestions for communicating the sanctity of human life.

Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most by Dr. Wess Stafford 
Children are our future, but so many become victims of war, pornography, prostitution, and poverty. Learn why it’s crucial to make children a priority and to never overlook the importance of investing in their lives.

The Walls Are Talking by Abby Johnson
“Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories”
These stories are difficult to read — but they also offer hope, showing that anyone, no matter what part the person has played in an abortion, can start anew and make amends for past mistakes.

Why Pro-Life? by Randy Alcorn
“Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers”


A Former Abortionist’s Journey to Becoming Pro-Life (Dr. Anthony Levatino, Cecelia Levatino)
Dr. Anthony Levatino performed thousands of abortions, viewing the termination of a pregnancy as a necessary, everyday occurrence. However, his wife, Cecelia, held strong pro-life beliefs – but feared that speaking up against her husband’s profession would ruin their marriage. A horrible family tragedy forced their conficting views into the open, threatened their marriage, and forever changed the way Dr. Levatino viewed abortion.

Abortion Pill Reversal (Dr. Bill Lile, Rebekah Buell Hagan)
Dr. William Lile is a pioneer in the use of the abortion pill reversal protocol. Rebekah Buell Hagan used the protocol to interrupt the abortion of her baby.

Abortion Survivors Tell Their Stories (Melissa Ohden, Claire Culwell) 
While in the womb, Ohden soaked in a toxic saline infusion abortion for five days and survived. She was left to die, until a sympathetic nurse took her to the NICU. Culwell’s mother was 13 when she got pregnant with twins. Five months along, she was forced to have an abortion, but Culwell survived. Both women have reconnected and become close friends with their birth moms. They discuss the political side of abortion and about the importance of having compassion for post-abortive women.

Be the Pro-life Church (Emily Colson)
Emily Colson provides an inspirational and hopeful prolife message for parents of “unexpected” children and/or those with disabilities. In this engaging presentation, Emily shares how her unexpected son, Max, has exhibited God’s design for life and worship far beyond what she could have ever imagined possible.

Becoming Messengers for Life (Joni Eareckson Tada)
Today’s culture would rather promote death than face suffering – disparaging the “quality of life” that people experience with disabilities. Joni shares part of her own story of living in a wheelchair for more than 50 years, and the strength she finds in her personal relationship with God. She gives practical advice for how able-bodied Christians can befriend and support the disabled. She also urges the Christian community to stand for life and against efforts to expand assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Choosing Life in the Midst of an Adverse PregnancyPart I, Part II (Todd and Angie Smith)
Advised to terminate the pregnancy of their fourth daughter because she likely wouldn’t survive outside the womb, the Smiths chose life instead—and were blessed to love on Audrey Caroline during the few hours she lived after birth. They share their story and faith to encourage others who face difficult pregnancies, or who have suffered the heartrending loss of a child.

The Crucial Role of Men Standing for Life (Stephen Arterburn)
Behind every abortion, there’s a man involved. In college, Stephen Arterburn was that man. He coerced his girlfriend to have an abortion, and it’s a decision he’s always regretted. For years he lived with guilt and shame, but now he shares the message of God’s grace and forgiveness. Stephen urges men to take responsibility for their actions and for the church to step up and promote the value of all human life, while having compassion for post-abortive men and women.

Defeating the Darkness of Abortion (Kathy Sparks) 
Sparks describes how she came to work as a registered nurse in an abortion clinic, and the toll that took on her marriage and life, even leading to a suicide attempt. But she and her husband became Christians, recommitted to their marriage, and now work to help women choose life for their pre-born babies.

Dealing With Loss and Grief in an Adverse Pregnancy (Josh and Laura Huene)
The Huenes share the heartbreaking story of the death of their baby daughter shortly after her birth. They offer hope and encouragement to other parents suffering a similar loss.

Embracing God’s Gift of Life (Laura Hughes) 
Hughes shares about the compassion, love, and support she received as a pregnant teen. She also talks about her daughter having an abortion after an unplanned teen pregnancy—and about the forgiveness available to all men and women through Christ.

Embracing God’s Grace for a Past Abortion (Al and Lisa Robertson)
As a high school student, Lisa Robertson terminated an unexpected pregnancy through a routine abortion. The fallout was immediate, ending the relationship with her boyfriend and shaking up her family. Even years later, as a married mom, Lisa lived in fear and guilt — thinking her past choices had caught up with her and affected her own child’s health. The Robertsons share Lisa’s story to help women move past the shame often connected with abortion into a healing, loving relationship with Christ.

Experiencing God’s Grace in a Pro-Life Decision (Ginger Millermon)
Millermon describes the struggles she and her husband had when their twin sons were born prematurely. One was healthy, but doctors believed the other wouldn’t survive, and they urged the couple to take the baby off life support. Instead, the Millermons chose to place their son in God’s hands—and after over a year in the hospital, they were able to bring him home.

Forty Years Since Roe v. Wade (Yvette Maher, Jim Daly) 
(Taped in 2013) Maher shares her powerful testimony of having one abortion and almost going through with a second. Instead, she chose life and gave birth to twin girls. She and Daly talk about the sanctity of human life and about Focus on the Family’s Option Ultrasound program.

From Abortionist to Pro-life Advocate: A Story of God’s Redemption (Dr. Kathi Aultman)
Dr. Kathi Aultman was certain of two things: God didn’t exist, and women had a right to choose what to do with their own bodies. After having an abortion herself, she decided abortions were a woman’s right and performed many, even after she was pregnant again. But a series of providential encounters caused her to face a life-changing fact: being pro-abortion required dehumanizing a baby. Dr. Aultman shares her powerful story of leaving the abortion industry and accepting forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Having Compassion for the World’s Children (Dr. Wess Stafford) 
President Emeritus of Compassion International, Stafford endured horrible abuse as a child in a missionary boarding school—but he found emotional healing by forgiving those who hurt him, and went on to fulfill his God-given desire to help children around the world. Here he shares his concern for the sanctity of human life and for the impressionable hearts of children.

Honoring the Preborn: Cerian’s Story (Sarah Williams)
Paul and Sarah Williams were thrilled to discover they were expecting a third daughter. But a hospital scan revealed significant physical issues with the baby. They were advised to terminate the pregnancy since the child could not survive birth. Nonetheless, Sarah and Paul decided to carry the baby to term, naming her Cerian, which is Welsh for “loved one.” The Williams family gave their preborn child as much love as they could in the time that they had — and that process changed them all forever.

How God Redeemed My Teen Pregnancy (Lindsay Pepin Ophus, Scarlet Pepin; Bethany Pepin)
High school senior Lindsay Pepin was thriving — good grades, big dreams, and a cute boyfriend. Then, discovering she was pregnant, she felt that perfect life spiraling out of control. Meanwhile, her mom Scarlet wrestled with guilt and shock, distraught that her daughter’s Christian upbringing hadn’t been “enough.” When Lindsay’s aunt, Bethany, stepped in and offered to adopt Lindsay’s baby, the family faced conflict, stress, excitement, and hope. These three ladies offer encouragement to teen moms and anyone else in a situation they desperately need God to redeem.

Leaving Planned Parenthood (Abby Johnson, Shawn Carney) |Johnson explains why she began working for Planned Parenthood and why she left her position as an abortion clinic director. And Carney, co-founder of the 40 Days for Life campaign, describes how he and his organization faithfully prayed for Johnson to have a change of heart.

A Miraculous Story of Life (Melissa Ohden)
Ohden was born in 1977 during a five-day saline abortion process. She survived—and now she’s passionate about sharing her story of faith and forgiveness, reminding others why every human life is sacred and precious.

Overcoming by God’s Grace (Mike Singletary)
Mike Singletary’s mother was advised by a doctor to abort her son for medical reasons—but she courageously gave him life.  Mike overcame great obstacles—including childhood illness, a broken home, and the loss of his closest brother— to become a legendary Hall of Fame football player. But even winning the Super Bowl left him feeling empty. Hear how God changed Mike’s heart and set him free from his past to live like a true champion.

Proclaiming Truth: A Liberal Journalist Asks Tough Questions (Kirsten Powers)
(Originally aired in April 2013) Kirsten Powers, columnist for USA Today, talks about the trial of abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell, as well as the mainstream media’s minimal coverage of the horrendous crimes committed in a Philadelphia abortion clinic.

Reaching Hearts on Abortion (Scott Klusendorf) 
Klusendorf challenges common pro-abortion arguments and offers tips on using compassionate and compelling dialogue to speak the truth in love.

Returning to a Culture of Life (Kelly Rosati, Jim Daly, John Fuller) 
Hosts discuss personhood and the importance of protecting life. Consider how you can get involved with your local PRC, either financially or as a volunteer.

Speaking of Life: Our Listeners’ Stories (call-in) 
Hear from more than 400 Focus constituents who value life and share their intriguing stories of unexpected pregnancies, children with special needs, the wisdom and spunk of the elderly, and more.

Stepping Up to Defend Life (Scott Klusendorf)
Klusendorf gives a compelling and logical defense for the value of pre-born life. Become equipped and ready to share the truth with a world that desperately needs to hear it.

Standing for Life in the Black Community (Christina Bennett)
Sometimes all it takes is a compassionate question: “Do you want to keep your baby?” That query sent Christina Bennett’s mother running out of an abortion clinic, and saved Christina’s life. Learn how Christina is fighting the number one killer of black Americans: abortion.

Surviving a Coma: My Miraculous Awakening (Tim and Lindsey O’Connor) 
The O’Connors describe the trauma and recovery Lindsey experienced from a post-birth complication where she nearly bled to death and was in a medically-induced coma for about 2 months—a coma from which she was not expected to survive.

Taking a Pro-Life Stand in the Black Community (Walter Hoye) 
Abortion is the leading cause of death in the African-American community. Hoye was jailed for taking a compassionate and loving stand for pre-born babies and their mothers. His message was simple: God loves you and your baby. How can I help?

Teaching Kids to Be Voices for Life (Jim Daly, Dr. Juli Slattery, John Fuller) 
It’s important to teach children about the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death—whether grieving over a miscarriage, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, serving orphans in a foreign country, or expressing compassion for the disabled.

Trusting God Through an Adverse Diagnosis in Pregnancy (Brandon and Brittany Buell)
The Buells speak hope to expectant and new parents of children with disabilities. They share the moving story of raising their son, Jaxon, who was born with a rare medical condition.

The Value of a Life Worth Living (Joni Eareckson Tada) 
Joni shares the story of Kim, a young woman who had Lou Gehrig’s disease and wrestled with difficult end-of-life questions. Joni recounts her encouragement that Kim seek God’s wisdom, so she might live her remaining days in a way that would count for eternity.

The Value of Standing for Life (Jim Daly, Dr. Juli Slattery, John Fuller)
In response to a case against a Philadelphia abortionist, Daly, Slattery, and Fuller reaffirm the infinite value of human life. They discuss Focus on the Family’s heart and strategy for standing for life without compromise, and they encourage listeners to actively uphold the sanctity of human life in their own communities.

Who Counts as One of Us? (Scott Klusendorf)
Scott Klusendorf defends preborn children as he explores the question – “What makes us equal?” He shares about the immeasurable worth of all human beings, no matter the Size, Level of Development, Environment, or Degree of Dependency (SLED). This presentation equips listeners to effectively, respectfully and compassionately speak up for the voiceless in the culture.

Why I Left the Abortion Industry (Abby Johnson, Annette Lancaster, Sue Thayer)
They all began their jobs at Planned Parenthood with one goal in mind: Helping women. But as Abby Johnson, Sue Thayer, and Annette Lancaster became more involved in their work at the abortion clinics, their eyes began to open. They all had startling, life-changing realizations, and left the clinics to become passionate pro-life advocates. Abby, Sue and Annette give the “behind the scenes” on what’s happening inside abortion clinics, equipping you with the knowledge you need to approach pro-life issues in a loving but truthful way.


The Drop Box (Focus on the Family)   
This film tells the story of a South Korean pastor and his efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It explores the physical, emotional, and financial toll of providing refuge to orphans who would otherwise be abandoned.

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey (Abby Johnson)
After Abby Johnson, the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, participated in her first abortion procedure, she quit her job and walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life. Discover how her spiritual transformation instills hope and compassion into the political controversy surrounding the issue of abortion.

PRC Digital Library
Find free pro-life resources.

The First 9 Months
This photo journey helps readers understand human life in the womb.

The Dignity and Sanctity of Every Human Life
This booklet talks about why human life is sacred—from conception to natural death—and how we can incorporate this ethic into our daily lives.

Valuing Life From the Start
This booklet offers age-specific lessons and activities for kids and teens.

Focus on the Family Counseling Consultation Line
If you need someone to talk to, Focus on the Family offers a free phone counseling consultation with a licensed or pastoral counselor. Call 1-855-771-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM (MT). 

Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselor Network
Search for licensed Christian counselors in your area.

Americans United for Life
This legal arm of the pro‑life movement defends life through judicial, legislative, and educational efforts. Educational seminars and various resources are also available.

The Abortion Survivors Network
“The Abortion Survivors Network was created by saline infusion abortion survivor and international pro-life speaker and advocate Melissa Ohden, who recognized the need for both support for and among abortion survivors, and for better information to be made available to the public about abortion survivors.”

Encompassing hundreds of Pregnancy Resource Centers, CareNet supports them with resources, seminars, and more.

Embrace Grace
This non-profit seeks to “empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt.”

Life Decisions International
This ministry provides a list of corporations who support Planned Parenthood, and they offer current statistics on Planned Parenthood’s national and international efforts.

National Right to Life Committee, Inc.
Through a network of thousands of chapters, this organization helps end abortion and restore the right-to-life to the unborn.

Please Let Me Live (National Life Chain)
This group offers materials that discuss pro-life points and explains how to start a life chain in your community.

String of Pearls
“String of Pearls was created to provide a nurturing and safe place for families as they navigate the path following a fatal prenatal diagnosis that will result in the death of their baby prior to, or shortly after birth.”