Novelist Pearl S. Buck speaks about life and death

‘…I fear the power of choice over life or death at human hands. I see no human being whom I could ever trust with such power–not myself, not any other. Human wisdom, human integrity are not great enough. Since the fetus is a creature already alive and in the process of development, to kill it is to choose death over life. At what point shall we allow this choice? For me the answer is–at no point, once life has begun. At no point, I repeat, either as life begins or as life ends, for we who are human beings cannot, for our own safety, be allowed to choose death, life being all we know.”

Novelist Pearl S. Buck

Foreword to Robert E. Cooke and others, ed., The Terrible Choice: The Abortion Dilemma (New York: Bantam Books, 1968), ix-xi, x.

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

One thought on “Novelist Pearl S. Buck speaks about life and death”

  1. Was Pearl S. Buck in every in favor of abortion at any time in her career?
    When friends with Margaret Mead did Pearl S. Buck condone abortion.
    Did she have a metanoia experience and then become a Pro Life Feminist?
    Thank you.
    P.S. If you answer that she did at anytime publically or privately approve of abortion for any reason please cite your sources.
    I am writing a paper on Ms. Buck and this would be a cornerstone of my work on her behalf.
    Thanks again
    John

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