Each January, thousands of young people flock to Washington, D.C. and brave the bitter cold to join the annual March for Life. And even though today marks the 43rd anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, I am still encouraged by the progress we are making toward restoring a culture of life in America—in no small part because of all those young people who continue taking a stand to defend life.

Another, more under-the-radar reason for my optimism is the enduring appeal of books that show a reverence for human life—even though they might not tackle abortion head-on. Here are six books that encourage my hope for creating a stronger culture of life in America. —Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO, Americans United for Life

The Children of Men
P. D. James

I love a good mystery novel, and the late British author P. D. James is a master of that genre. But one of my favorite works of hers is a science-fiction novel called The Children of Men. It’s a dystopian tale set in a dark and forbidding future where the entire world has been mysteriously afflicted with infertility. No one knows why, but there are no more children being born. No spoilers here, but the fact that James depicts a world without babies as a world bereft of hope is a powerful and thought-provoking pro-life statement.

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is another dystopian science-fiction novel that tackles the question of what makes us human, and ends up with a complicated but powerful pro-life message. We see the story through three young people raised in a boarding school, and we follow their friendship as they grow and mature. Through the characters’ exploration of their purpose in life, we’re invited ...

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