Talking Points: Abortion

Christian compassion, convictions and wisdom for today's big issues

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Helps Christians to think biblically, speak wisely and act compassionately on the complex issue of abortion.

Part of the Talking Points series.

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Our culture is locked in a battle between two opposing worldviews on abortion. How can we help those who are struggling with the emotional and spiritual fallout from abortion? How should Christians advise those who are feeling pressure to abort their child? What should we be saying in the public arena, and how should we conduct ourselves in conversation?

In this short book, Lizzie Ling and Vaughan Roberts survey the Christian worldview and help us to think biblically, speak wisely and act compassionately as we engage with the people, the questions and the heartache surrounding abortion, in a society with very different values.

Dr Lizzie Ling was a GP for many years, and worked in Southern Africa for over 10 years supporting local churches as they cared for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Vaughan Roberts is the pastor of St Ebbe’s church, Oxford, and an author of many books, including the other books in this highly regarded ‘Talking Points’ series that help Christians think, talk and relate to others with compassion, conviction and wisdom about today’s big issues.

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  • Introduction: Talking Points
  • 1. Where are we?
  • 2. Who are we?
  • 3. When are we human?
  • 4. A complex issue
  • 5. Engaging practically: Guiding principles
  • 6. Engaging practically: Common questions
  • Appendix 1: How abortion is performed
  • Appendix 2: Miscarriage: A strange and lonely grief
  • Appendix 3: The gospel of reconciliation
  • Discussion guide

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Author Dr Lizzie Ling, Vaughan Roberts
ISBN 9781784984434
Format Paperback
First published April 2020
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 7mm
Language English
Pages 112
Publisher The Good Book Company

Revd Lynda Rose

CEO Voice for Justice UK

At a time when many churches are conspicuously silent on the thorny issue of abortion, this well researched, easy to read, and compassionate book will be  an invaluable resource. When does life begin?  
Is abortion "okay"...?  Does God care? I recommend it for anyone and everyone who's ever struggled with these kind of questions, as well as for those coping with grief.

Alison Eloff

Women’s Worker at St James Church Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa

The subject of Abortion remains emotive, divisive and for many women deeply personal and painful. Dr Ling’s book provides a compassionate, yet clear call to take the Creator God’s Word on this important subject seriously. Speaking personally, I felt much better informed and far better equipped to speak truth in love and to show love in practice as a result of reading this book. I highly recommend it.

Dawn McAvoy

Both Lives Matter

In order to be bearers of “good news”, the church must first see that there is a need for an alternative; a better story for a world which is so often led by notions of self and autonomy. Fifty two years after abortion was legalised in Great Britain, rates of abortion have never been higher. Women are encouraged to “shout your abortion” and society apparently demands unlimited “choice”. In this very accessible little book, Christians are invited to think again about what “good news” is for the woman facing pregnancy crisis and for her unborn baby. And it has perhaps never been more necessary to do so.

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“Recommended resource”

(Review written for 'Talking Points: Abortion (ebook)')

How encouraging to read such a balanced, calm and clear outline of the issues around abortion, non-judgmental, compassionate and loving. I can heartily recommend this as a resource book for those in leadership who seek to nurture and counsel both women and men whose hearts are hurting because of the loss of a baby in utero.


“Abortion- Dr Ling and V Roberts”

An excellent book- easy and quick to read. Gives an excellent review of abortion - full of grace, forgiveness and mercy. All the horror of abortion is presented alongside the call for the Church to rise up practically In this area to bring forgiveness and restoration to broken hurting women, men , grand parents etc Surely this is an area the Church should be speaking in to - truthfully and lovingly.


“An excellent resource on abortion”

As a woman who has experienced abortion and been involved in leading Biblical abortion recovery programmes in the UK for the past twenty years, I highly recommend this little book. It is a quick & easy read and would be great to use in Church small groups. Every believer should be equipped with this book and with bulk orders making it as cheap as £1 each, there’s no excuse really! We need to reclaim the conversation around abortion, especially within the Church family of believers. We have no need to fear the media and our voices, clothed in love and compassion, should be heard. How else are women going to hear the truth about abortion? The walking wounded of abortion are sitting in our Churches right now and don’t know who to turn to for help. A conservative estimate is that every abortion can affect approximately 45 lives: the mother of the aborted child, the father, grandparents, existing or future siblings, future partners or spouses, friends, family, work colleagues, Clergy, counsellors, medical staff and so the ‘ripple effect’ spreads through society. We kid ourselves if we think abortion does not concern us nor will it impact our lives nor the communities around us. God has placed your Church, in your community to reach the lost. How are you doing on reaching the abortion affected in your Church? In your community? Pastors are you preaching on the subject? Are you supporting your local Pregnancy Resource Centre? Are you offering abortion recovery Bible Studies for men & women affected by abortion? There is hope, help and healing to be found in Jesus and many different Biblical tools at the Church’s disposal. I would urge you to use them. I applaud Lizzie & Vaughan for compiling this comprehensive resource on abortion. Buy it. Read it. Use it. Act on it. Give it.

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