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Americans United for Life Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe Publishes Landmark Pro-Life Book

June 16, 2009
Chicago, Illinois — Americans United for Life (AUL) is pleased to announce the publication of AUL Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe’s book, Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square, released by InterVarsity Press this month.

Politics for the Greatest Good seeks to instill confidence in legislators, policy groups, and voters that a prudential approach to public policy—striving for the greatest good possible when the ideal cannot be immediately achieved—is both moral and effective.  This approach leads to a renewed long-term strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade, which is outlined in the book.

“It’s all too easy to lose sight of the fact that the aim of politics is not the perfect good but the greatest good possible,” Forsythe argues.  “When the ideal in politics and public policy is not achievable, it’s both moral and effective to seek what’s possible and to limit a social evil when it cannot be prohibited.”

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL President & CEO said, “Politics for the Greatest Good is a critical book for the pro-life movement at this time in history.  This important focus on the achievable in political strategy will encourage perseverance for the cause of life in the often challenging realm of politics.”

Political prudence challenges voters and elected officials with four questions: Are we pursuing good goals?  Are we using wise judgment about what is possible in the circumstances?  Are we effectively connecting means and ends?  Are we preserving the possibility of future progress when the ideal cannot be immediately achieved?

Forsythe continued, “I’m honored by the endorsements of the late Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, Princeton Prof. Robert P. George, and Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput among others.  I hope the book will help bridge the divide between the idealists and the realists and refocus the debate on solving the obstacles to a culture of life in America.”

Politics for the Greatest Good is now available at bookstores and Amazon.com.
About Americans United for Life
Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.  The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.  The Wall Street Journal has profiled AUL, and PBS’ Frontline program chronicled AUL’s successful efforts in Mississippi.

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