Course Description

Pro-Life Apologetics is a course in theology and philosophy. Building on the unchangeable Catholic belief that every life has value from conception until natural death, the course explores the practical ways that this belief is applied to today’s modern world. It goes through the history of the abortion issue in the United States, current modern social criticism and the best logical arguments against abortion based on religion and science. It incorporates Catholic social teaching with philosophical tactics for creating sound arguments. It then teaches the students how to most effectively converse and debate in the pro-life sphere. The course is designed for juniors and seniors as preparation for college.

Book List:

Persuasive Pro-Life, How to Talk About Our Culture’s Toughest Issue by Trent Horn

Roe v. Wade, Opinion of the Court and Concurring and Dissenting Opinions (Online)

Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI (Online)

USCCB “Statement on Respect for Unborn Human Life” (Online)

“A Refutation of Moral Relativism” by Peter Kreeft (Online)

Made for Love excerpts by Fr. Mike Schmitz (Online)


Unplanned film (Reading the book is a suitable substitute for those who wish to avoid the graphics of the film.)

Live Action website

Topics List:

Sound and Valid Arguments, Avoiding Logical Fallacies, Ground Rules for Debates and Discussions, Importance of Common Ground, Against Moral Relativism, Biblical Roots, Differences Between a Pregnant Friend and a Typical Debate, Elements of Debate, Explanation of Abortion Procedures, History of Abortion in the United States –  Roe v. Wade, Value of Human Life, Beginning of Life Arguments, Why Contraception is Not the Solution, Apologetics – Choice, Convenience, Career, Race, Gender, Economical, Financial, Emotional, Age of Mother, Rape, Incest, Medical/Disability of Baby, Medical/Life of the Mother

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