As my colleagues and I travelled Ontario to share CCBR’s new apologetics resource STUCK: A Complete Guide to Answering Tough Questions About Abortion, one of the questions we hoped to answer was: Why? Why do we need another pro-life apologetics book? There are many powerful books answering difficult questions about abortion already: Politically Correct Death, Pro-life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments, and Love Unleashes Life, just to name a few. The fact that there are many books available actually answers that question—there was no one-stop shop, no one resource that someone could take home that comprehensively dealt with the questions pro-life activists face on a daily basis. We didn’t want to replace these books, we wanted to create a textbook that utilized all of the important resources created by pro-life apologists, but also incorporated the unique twist of thousands of hours of street experience— something only an organization like CCBR can provide. The arguments presented in STUCK weren’t developed by a group of people sitting around a table, they were developed by teams of activists reaching out and engaging with the public.
It’s recognizing that philosophers came up with powerful pro-life arguments and activists took these arguments to the streets and developed effective ways to communicate them to the general public that I feel somewhat strange when people claim that I actually wrote a book. I like to say that I compiled a resource. What’s the difference? you might ask. Well, STUCK is not my brainchild. I put in the legwork to gather the arguments together, to format them into one comprehensive resource, but I did not need to come up with new arguments or to check if these arguments were effective—all that work had already been done for me. Writing a book is a somewhat solitary work, compiling a resource requires an extensive team of people. That’s how I see STUCK. In a sense, I wrote it. The year of research, writing, and sourcing, and the additional year of editing, re-researching, re-writing, and re-sourcing would testify to this. But there is so much more to STUCK than one person. There are the philosophers and those who analyzed the arguments to fill any loopholes and fix any flaws. Most importantly, there are the activists, who, with pounding hearts and sweaty palms stood on the streets and asked passers-by “What do you think about abortion?”, not knowing how they were going to respond or how people were going to react, only knowing that babies are dying and they needed to something, anything to help these children.
STUCK is bigger than the name on the front cover, bigger than our Communications Department, bigger, even, than the entire CCBR team. And that is why we’re so excited about it.