Progressives, Democrats Should Oppose Abortion Liberal Book Contends

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 3,

Washington, DC ( — There was once a time when pro-life advocates would do well to name anyone other than Nat Henthoff as a leading progressive thinker to embrace the pro-life perspective. Nowadays, groups like Feminists for Life and Democrats for Life are celebrated and making political and social inroads.

As the left side of the pro-life movement has expanded, writer and vegan activist Vasu Murti wrote a book in 2007 called The Liberal Case Against Abortion that sets for the idea that liberals can, and should, be pro-life.

Murti, a member of iconic liberal groups such as ACLU and PETA, has become something of a minor celebrity within pro-life circles for explaining why liberals should oppose abortion.

He says that, unlike any other pro-life book, his is written from a left-wing perspective to help convince others that share his beliefs to defy the political stereotype and reconsider the movement’s position regarding the rights of the unborn.

Yet, while Murti’s book is geared for fellow liberals and Democrats, Paul Nowak, its publisher and a former staff writer, tells the pro-life news service that traditional conservative and Christian pro-life advocates will appreciate it as well.

Nowak says the book "is invaluable for more traditional pro-lifers, as it shows them pro-life arguments that are based on critical tenants of the liberal philosophy to use with friends, family, and government representatives."

"Murti presents formidable arguments why the prevailing philosophy of the liberal movement demands opposition of abortion," he says.

Meanwhile, Carol Crossed, the president of Democrats for Life of America who wrote the foreword to the book, celebrates it as well.

“By creatively and passionately using the universal question of the rights of animals, Murti analyzes the rights of the unborn,” she tells “The power of his persuasion is not based on one or more bodies of religious thought, but on sentient beings’ natural tendency to protect one another.”

The Liberal Case Against Abortion can be purchased from leading online book sales web sites or at