Press Release: AUL Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe Publishes Landmark Pro-Life Book

June 16, 2009

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IllinoisAmericans 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

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Niny Christensen July 8, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I do not belive that the selection of a Supreme Court Justice,a position which has such a far reching impact in the lives of not only the living but on those voiceless yet unborne, ought to be a rushed affair.There is much about which we do not have a very clear picture of Sotomayor’s position.Please do not aprove her nomination untill ALL facts have been made clear,until she has been totally honest in her responces.

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