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Right to Life of Michigan has many books, DVDs and other materials available for classrooms, events and personal use. These are available for free loan from Educational Resource Center libraries across the state.

We asked our staff about their favorite resources and here is what they picked. We recommend you check these out.

The following is only a partial list of materials available. We have many more titles available, if you are looking for something specific please visit or call your nearest resource center.

Prolife Videos

The Biology of Prenatal Development
"One of our most frequently-used materials, this fetal development DVD sheds light on the amazing life in the womb." This 42-minute DVD distributed by National Geographic describes human prenatal development through all 38 weeks of pregnancy, emphasizing the first trimester developmental period.

Cutting Through the Spin on Stem Cells and Cloning
"This is a great video that explains the basics of human embryonic stem cell research and human cloning." This DVD features Rev. Dr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, who earned a doctorate in neuroscience from Yale University. Fr. Tad examines the science and ethics of stem cell research and cloning. The need to carefully protect and safeguard embryonic humans is stressed and highlighted.

Making Abortion Unthinkable
"Thoughtfully provides in-depth rational arguments against abortion and forces prolifers to think about how they argue against abortion." Making Abortion Unthinkable is an easy-to-follow, careful, well-reasoned seminar that has everything you need to train a group in the art of prolife persuasion. Five one-hour sessions on VHS will teach you how to simplify the abortion issue by focusing on one question, use scientific evidence to offer sound arguments and expose common flaws of pro-abortion rhetoric.

October Baby
"Inspiring movie about love and forgiveness." This feature-length movie features a young girl who finds out she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt. She embarks on a journey to discover her hidden past and find hope for her unknown future.

Whatever Happened to the Human Race?
"This classic series goes to the heart of how society looks at human rights and how vulnerable we are to treating people as cogs in a machine rather than valued members of the human family." This five-episode series features former Surgeon General of the United States Dr. C. Everett Koop and noted theologian Dr. Francis Schaeffer. The series examines the sanctity of life as a social, moral and spiritual issue which Christians must not ignore.

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Prolife Books

Abuse of Discretion - Clark D. Forsythe
"Abuse of Discretion is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand just how rotten of a foundation legalized abortion is built upon. Roe v. Wade wasn’t just a bad decision; Clarke Forsythe uses the judges’ own papers to show you how the fix was in from the start." Based on 20 years of research, Abuse of Discretion provides a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the justices from 1971 to 1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health.

Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One’s Abortion Experience - Michaelene Fredenburg
"More understanding and compassion is needed for women who suffer from their abortion fall out. This book provides a much-needed space for people of different viewpoints who can share, build support, and start the grieving process. Michaelene shares her own story along with many other women, men and families." Whether you have personally experienced abortion, someone close to you has, or you are seeking to sensitively and compassionately communicate with others about abortion, this book is a safe place to begin.

From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds - Alexander Tsiaras
"The photography is beautiful and the book illustrates the undeniable beauty of life before birth." The splendor and beauty of a child’s growth and development in the womb—seen through unforgettable images made possible by revolutionary advances in visualization technology.

Defenders of the Unborn: the Pro-life Movement before Roe v. Wade - Daniel Williams
"A newly-released book and I am just beginning to read, fascinating.” Defenders o the Unborn reveals the hidden history of the prolife movement in America, showing that a cause that many see as reactionary and anti-feminist began as a liberal crusade for human rights.

Fighting for Dear Life - David Gibbs with Bob DeMoss
"One of my favorite prolife books would be Fighting for Dear Life, the untold story of Terri Schiavo, and what it means for all of us, written by David Gibbs, attorney who fought for Terri." David Gibbs, attorney for Terri’s parents, gives his insider’s account of the story that tore the heart out of a nation. He explains how Terri’s case has become the Roe v. Wade of our generation.

The Hand of God - Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D.
"Bernard Nathanson’s biography gives an inside story about the early pro-abortion movement. His powerful story of redemption shows you how a doctor can lose his humanity as an abortionist, and then regain it again as a prolife advocate." The Hand of God is more than one of the most dramatic autobiographies of our time. It is also a definitive explanation of the prolife position not only on abortion, but on related issues such as fetal tissue research and doctor-assisted suicide.

Forced Exit - Wesley J. Smith
"Forced Exit is filled with chilling stories drawn from real life cases of those who wanted to die or who were coerced into the decision. Wesley Smith will show you how easily the justification for killing can be extended to an ever-widening category of eligible candidates—and how easily the line between the voluntary and the involuntary can be erased." Forced Exit offers chilling evidence of just how powerful and dangerous the death culture in America has become and offers a clear-eyed, realistic exploration of one of the most important and wrenching ethical issues of our time.

The Jericho Plan - David Reardon
"If you don't have time to read this wonderful book, read chapter three on Conquering Despair. Both sides of the abortion issue can agree on this one point, that women agonize over the decision to abort their child." This book shows why women and men who are experiencing unresolved grief over a past abortion feel trapped. It’ll teach you how to break through the many obstacles which prevent post-abortion healing.

Letters to Gabriel - Karen Santorum
"A very moving and inspirational collection of letters written by Karen Santorum to her child Gabriel Michael. Gabriel's short time on earth, reminds us all just how precious and fragile life is. Very sweet book." Letters to Gabriel is the story of Gabriel Michael’s short, but meaningful life, and a tribute to the sanctity of life, the deep faith of the Santorums, and family values.

Men and Abortion - C.T. Coyle, Ph.D.
"Women and men are suffering because of their abortion decision, and to be prayerful—God can heal all things." An excellent aid not only for post-abortion men, but for all those who care for and counsel them. It focuses on the specific problems experienced by post-abortion men, as well as the steps toward healing each of these problems.

Unplanned - Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert.
"Wonderful story of a woman and her journey toward saving lives. Fascinating evolution of an organization initially established to help women, eventually becoming focused on profiting from the taking of innocent lives." The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader’s eye-opening journey across the life line is revealed in Unplanned.

Victims and Victors - edited by David C. Reardon, Julie Makimaa, and Amy Sobie
"Often times, prolife people are told that they have fetus tunnel vision. After reading these heartbreaking stories from women who have had an abortion and the men who have remained silent or who have coerced a woman into an abortion, I realized that the only way to change hearts and minds about abortion is to be truthful—with every abortion the baby dies but also to be compassionate." This book addresses the issue of pregnancies conceived during rape and shares the stories of women who became pregnant as a result of rape.

Wednesday Mourning - Mary Verwys
"A short book filled with the stories of a sidewalk counselor’s experiences that make you really think about the effects of abortion. It’s an inspiring book." A sidewalk counselor’s journal of God’s grace in the abortion struggle. Wednesday Mourning captures the struggle of this life-altering decision, and shows the mercy and grace of God at a time of great need.

Won by Love - Norma McCorvey with Gary Thomas
"Won by Love is not just a book about abortion. It is a book about how God can take broken people and change them so they can work for Him and help change the lives of other people." Won by Love tells the story of Norma McCorvey who was the Roe of Roe v. Wade and her prolife conversion.

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Other Resources

Factsheets & Handouts
"Concise and up-to-date, our factsheets are an easy way to educate people on different topics such as abortion numbers, vaccines and abortion, stem cell research and more." Right to Life of Michigan has many factsheets and handouts covering a wide range of topics available for your educational efforts. These factsheets are also available online for free download and copying. For more information click the Factsheets link at the hope page of www.RTL.org.

Fetal Models
"My favorite resource are the fetal models—first and second trimester—along with an actual surgical aspiration cannula and surgical forceps. I use them now at nearly every speech, presentation or legislative testimony I give." Set of five made-to-scale fetal models. These models show detailed development in-utero from the first month through the fifth month. .

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