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Book review: Michael William O’ Malley’s “Prolifers: A Novel”

When I was about nine or ten, our teachers back at the Catholic school I was studying in thought it would be a great idea to subject our little minds to the film “The Silent Scream“. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a very popular film among pro-life circles, and shows what appears to be a fetus making outcries of pain and discomfort.

Of course, the whole bunch of us were scared beyond our wits. Imagine being a 10-year-old and being shown what actually went on inside a girl’s innards. Now imagine those innards being shown to you in all its mutilated, bloody gory. It was enough to make all of us staunchly against abortion.

Even now, with me being such an ardent supporter of the Reproductive Health Bill currently in Congress, abortion is something I cannot support. Maybe in extreme cases like rape and incest, but that’s a maybe.

Which is why you’d think that a book as staunchly against abortion as “Prolifers: A Novel” would be something I wouldn’t be averse to. You (yes, you) and I both thought wrong.
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