Catholic Medical Quarterly

The Journal of the Catholic Medical Association (UK)

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Book Review

Recall Abortion: Ending the Abortion Industry's Exploitation of Women

Janet Morana
Saint Benedict Press
ISBN 978-1-61890-127-9

Photo of book coverWhen we read about abortion in textbooks of medical ethics, the major conflict discussed is between the rights of the unborn and the rights of the mother. In this excellent and highly readable book, Janet Morana shows that abortion is bad both for mother and child.

Janet Morana is a founder of "Silent no more" which is a group that gathers the testimonies of thousands of post abortive women. Some of these testimonies are recalled in this book and, as such, the work is anecdotal in character and complements more academic studies.

So called "hard cases" to justify abortion are discussed with compassion and clarity: abortion in cases of rape, disability and when the life of the mother is threatened. These chapters are especially helpful.
The author argues that the damage done by abortion is often ignored by "pro-choice" groups and their friends in the media.

There is a strong and clear emphasis on hope throughout this work: women who have had recourse to abortion can always be helped. The work of Rachel's Vineyard and similar organizations are so vital in our pro-life work.

The author shows that abortion is a "failed product" which needs to be taken off the shelf. Post abortive women can be healed but they are likely to recall their abortion experience.

This is a beautiful addition to the pro-life literature.