Here are 5 books written or edited by Rachel M. MacNair which
include major pro-life themes. Below those are notes on pro-life
content in other books by the same author. See also web pages:

Friends Witness for A Pro-life Peace Testimony
Feminism & Nonviolence Studies Association.

Just published in 2016:
Peace Psychology
Perspectives on Abortion

The topic of abortion remains a hotly debated and contentious issue.
Too often, partisan politics fuels the debate but prevents a full
discussion of facts, particularly those facts on which both sides agree.

What might the field of peace psychology offer to this debate?
Is there empirical evidence from psychology that will add more
light than heat? Can the common conflict-transformation method
apply by considering the interests people have in common,
not merely hardened positions, so that creative solutions may be
found? Can we at least have a full and accurate understanding
of what the various perspectives are so as to facilitate a more
constructive dialog?

We cover:

Part 1. The Psychology of Violence against Women: Where Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Conclusions are Almost
Indistinguishable (intimate partner violence; coercion or pressure; sexual trafficking and rape; war; and "gendercide" in
sex-selection abortions)

Part 2. Post-abortion Aftermath
(methodology; risk factors; therapy; pro and con on what the aftermath for women is; lost fatherhood; abortion doctors
and staff)

Part 3. Other Contentious Topics
(child abuse; perspectives on specific populations including people with disabilities, racial minorities, people in
developing countries, LBGT people, and conscientious objectors; and empirical data on impact of legal regulations)

Part 4. The Constructive Program
(pregnancy prevention; meeting the needs of pregnant women, new mothers, children and families; transforming the
debate over abortion)

Available through
Amazon and on Kindle.

ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today
                                      Second Expanded Edition

Is abortion on "demand" a woman's right, or a wrong inflicted on women?
Is it a mark of liberation, or a sign that women are not yet free? Many
eighteenth- through twenty-first-century feminists have opposed it as violence
against fetal lives arising from violence against female lives.

This book's original edition in 1995, in its “yesterday” section, offered brilliant
essays on abortion and related social justice issues by the likes of suffragists
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Added for the expanded version,
we find prolife feminist sentiment as early as the 1700s with Mary Wollstonecraft,
author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women. We add evidence from the first
women to get an M.D. in the United States, Elizabeth Blackwell, along with luminaries
Jane Addams of Hull House and Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker
movement. We add sections on slavery, Irish Catholic working-class immigrants,
the eugenics movement, midwives, and much more.

For the “today” section, we have recent developments from Serrin Foster, current president of Feminists for Life of
America; Nat Hentoff, a journalist who focuses on freedom of speech; 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari
Maathai; former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto; Jennifer Ferguson, member of Parliament in the African
National Congress Party in South Africa; plus many more. These are in addition to the original articles from a wide
variety of varying perspectives.

The short essays are especially suitable for photocopying to give a variety of approaches tailored to specific classes or

Edited by Mary Krane Derr, Rachel MacNair, and Linda Naranjo-Huebl
sponsored by the Feminism & Nonviolence Studies Association
274 pages, including extensive endnotes & index
available in both paperback and hardcover

The publisher's  web page offers the table of contents as an excerpt. Single copies can be ordered there, or at:

Amazon in
paperback or hardcover

Available on Kindle and Nook

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statues of Amelia Bloomer first introducing Susan B. Anthony to Elizabeth Cady Stanton on the site where the meeting
occurred in Seneca Falls, New York; the colorful non-statue on the right is Rachel MacNair .

Consistently Opposing Killing:
From Abortion to Assisted Suicide,
the Death Penalty, and War

Praeger, 2008

Edited by Rachel M. MacNair and Stephen Zunes

Several authors offer insight into the connections of issues of violence
and the consistent life ethic.

Hardcover version available from
the publisher.
Use the code F238 to get a 20% discount on the price; you still pay shipping.

Barnes & Noble members get the same discount but with free shipping.

For the hardcover, Praeger is known for high prices. The paperback version is being put out by iUniverse, and is
expected out in a few weeks. You can check at All subscribers to the Consistent Life weekly e-
Peace & Life Connections, will be notified automatically when it comes; a subscription button is at

Part 1: Connected Problems

Word Games Take Lives
by William Brennan
The Left has Betrayed the Sanctity of Life: Consistency Demands Concern for the Unborn
(classic article in the Progressive)
by Mary Meehan                

The Indivisibility of Life and The Slippery Slope                                
by Nat Hentoff

Israel/Palestine and Abortion                                                
by Stephen Zunes

Understanding How Killing Traumatizes the Killer                
by Rachel M. MacNair

Abortion and the Feminization of Poverty
by Thomas Strahan

Direct Killing of Racism and Poverty                
excerpts  from various sources        

When Bigotry Turns Disabilities Deadly                 
excerpts from various sources
                                                                                An author's book-reading session at the Peace & Justice
Human Rights and Animal Rights                               Studies Association, 9/13/2008
by Vasu Murti                                                               Stephen Zunes on left, Rachel MacNair in middle,
                                                                                  other book author David Smith on right. Response was either
Does the Seamless Garment Fit?:                               positive or at least respectful dialog, with some buying the book,
American Public Opinion                                              showing this to be an effective approach for the pro-life message
by Edith Bogue                                                             with peace activists.

Perceptions of Connections                                                
by Rachel MacNair

Part 2: Connected Solutions

Activists Reminisce: An Oral History of Prolifers for Survival                        
with Juli Loesch, Mary Rider, Mary Meehan, Rachel MacNair

Activism Throughout the Centuries                                         
by Mary Krane Derr

Changing Hearts and Minds                        
by Mary Meehan

The Law: Its Role in the Consistent Life Ethic
by Carol Crossed

Pro-Life Politics: From Counter-Movement to Transforming Movement
by James R. Kelly         

Connecting the Dots -- Nonviolently                                         
by Michael Nagler                                                

Nonviolent Campaigns
by Stephen Zunes

Conflict Transformation: Dissolving "Battle Lines"
by Rachel MacNair

Achieving Peace in the Abortion War

by Rachel M MacNair, Ph.D.,
published by the Feminism & Nonviolence Studies Association with iUniverse
January 2009. Paperback, $16.95. E-book, $6.00

Order from
publisher, phone: 1-800-288-4677

Also available at
Barnes & Noble and amazon; only available in paperback

Elections come and go, but the United States’ downward trend in abortions has happened steadily through both
Democrat and Republican administrations. There are several reasons to believe this is likely to continue.

The fragility of abortion practice in the United States is becoming increasingly clear. (People in other countries may also
find useful information in the principles explained here). The real-life experience of doctors and nurses involved in
providing abortion show that they are a weakening link in the abortion chain, and this book explains reasons why this
is so that depend more on psychology than politics.

There is also a vital opportunity in understanding the human mind’s drive for consistency and its link to behavior. When
knowing about how abortion practice has begun collapsing, people find it safer to hear the case against it, and to act in
a more constructive way toward the genuine needs of pregnant women.

The social and psychological dynamics of performing and defending abortions offer many opportunities for stopping
widespread feticide. The more we understand these, the more effective we can be as peacemakers in the abortion

This book makes the case that there are psychological principles that, if understood and used well, can help the
already-established downward decline in U. S. abortions.


Part 1: Trauma in Abortion Staff
1. The Well-Kept Secret                                         
2. On the Front-line in the Abortion War                        
3. Dealing With The Trauma                                        

Part 2: Say What? The Mismatch
4. When Ideas Don't Fit                                        
5. When Abortion Ideas Don't Fit                                
6. Making Them Fit, No Matter What                                

Part 3: Trauma and Mismatch Combined
7. The Horrors of the Illegal Period                                 
8. Position of Mastery                                                
9. Post-Abortion Women                                         

Part 4: Where’s the Social Support for Abortion Staff?
10. The Political Movement        
11. Colleagues and Clients                                

Part 5: Escaping the Whirlwind
12. Getting Out of the Business                                
13. Collapse                                        

Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress:The
Psychological Consequences of Killing
                          Rachel M. MacNair/274 pages/Praeger, 2002

This book introduces the concept of Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress (PITS), a form of PTSD symptoms caused
not by being a victim or rescuer, but by being an active participant in causing trauma. For combat veterans,
executioners, abortion doctors, or police officers it can be socially acceptable or even expected to kill. Scattered
evidence of PITS is consolidated, its implications are explored, and exciting potentials for future research are suggested.

Chapter 6 focuses entirely on abortion staff. A small amount of evidence for euthanasia doctors is covered in Chapter 7.


" MacNair makes a unique contribution to the literature. Highly recommended."

- Choice

" [T]his is a very provocative book, rich in ideas, and definitely worth a serious read."

- Contemporary Psychology

Hardcover: $54.95 from
Greenwood / Praeger
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Paperback: $17.95 · Best single-copy price at
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Also available from the author at better prices
in packets with other books.
Prolife packet listed below.

Also on this web page are a
basic introduction and examples of PITS in world literature and personal stories.

Pro-life Notes on Peace Education Books

For full description of books, click here.

The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction

Though only one reviewer has commented on it, and he stated it as "not proselytizing," comments about abortion or the
prolife/prochoice debate are in each of the eight chapters. Primarily, it's a matter of applying the principles being
discussed to these along with many other applications.

Gaining Mind of Peace: Why Violence Happens and How to Stop It

This is the secondary school version, peace psychology for youth. Prolife comments are few, but enough to make the
book prolife-friendly.

History Shows: Winning With Nonviolent Action

Almost entirely focused on successful nonviolent campaigns throughout history, the idea that unborn children are
included in humans needing protection is mentioned in a couple of places. This includes one small bright-colored
picture of an 8-week gestational age child (page 43).

Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology

Peace activists are accustomed to pointing out how activism on other issues is related. The practical advise from
psychology experts in this book is suitable to any social activists, including prolifers.

Religions and Nonviolence: The Rise of Effective Advocacy for Peace

When covering the nonviolence tradition in the various world religions, the attitudes toward the different kinds of
violence being countered must be included. Most traditions have a background of clear opposition to feticide and
infanticide, so the scripture and history of these are covered along with war, the death penalty, etc.   

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