Anita Dowsing’s book – A Good Life – at Any Price? – is available from Gracewing at £14.99 and can also be purchased on Amazon.
“Life is the most precious possession anyone has,” writes the author. “Nevertheless, in today’s society not everyone places a high value on human life and this puts many at risk. Through the practices of embryo destruction, abortion and euthanasia, far more lives have been lost in our times than were killed in the Second World War.”
The book is aimed mainly at lay people, including teachers, parents and medical personnel, in fact all of those who wish to protect the lives most at risk at the beginning and end of life.
Anita Dowsing argues that a descent into ever-greater destruction of human life is not the only possible future. There is an alternative, based on the respect for the life of everyone that most religions, as well as the UN Declaration of Human Rights, proclaim.
“This stance can lead to both sacrifice and suffering,” she writes, ‘but it is the only path to a life worthy of human beings; and the ability to choose such a life rests with ordinary men and women, that is, each one of us.”
The author points to the many ways in which everyone can protect the human lives currently at risk, by choosing not to sacrifice the most vulnerable lives for the sake of a perceived good life.
Anita Dowsing grew up in Denmark’s tiny Catholic community, but has spent most of her adult life in the United Kingdom. She has worked in adult religious education within the Diocese of East Anglia.
Pictured above is Anita Dowsing