Jacob Nels with Voices for Life – Right to Life Kern County

Jacob talking to pregnant woman

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Jacob Nels joins host Marylee Shrider on Voices for Life, a production of Right to Life of Kern County, to discuss his sidewalk counseling ministry and the resources that Equal Rights Institute provides to increase your effectiveness outside of abortion facilities. In this episode, Jacob provides tips and tools for engaging with alternative protestors as well as conversation starters for talking to abortion-minded women.


  • 2:38 — Introduction to Jacob Nels, Speaker/Sidewalk Counseling Trainer at Equal Rights Institute
  • 3:30 — Introduction to ERI and Jacob’s story beginning sidewalk counseling ministry
  • 6:40 — Dealing with alternative pro-life presences on the sidewalk
  • 11:30 — Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass information
  • 12:25 — Dealing with alternative pro-life presences on the sidewalk, cont. 
  • 24:13 — Understanding and reaching out to abortion-minded women in conversation starters
  • 26:03 — Conclusion


Related Links:

Right to Life Kern County

Equal Rights Institute Website:

Equal Rights Institute Blog:

Equipped for Life Course:

Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass:

ERI Update – Affiliate Group Program, Speaking, & More (Sep 2021)

Josh Brahm gives an update on what’s been going on at ERI from his hotel room at the national Care Net conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Related Links:

ORTL Launch video:

How One Student Group Radically Changed Their Campus Culture (Interview with Emily Albrecht and Meredith Maloley about their work at St. Olaf College):

Apply to be one of our Affiliate Groups!

Pastors, You Can Reduce Abortions in Your Church (Pastor pledge video):

Josh’s relational apologetics speech:

Equal Rights Institute Website:

Equal Rights Institute Blog:

Equipped for Life Course:

Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass:


  • 00:00 Speaking for Oregon Right to Life’s Launch youth event
  • 01:07 We’re booked to speak to our largest audience yet!
  • 02:14 Our new Affiliate Group program
  • 10:27 Speaking at the Care Net Conference
  • 15:18 Bragging on our team / publishing schedule changes

The Texas Heartbeat Law: An Overview

US Supreme Court building Dobbs Roe

On September 1, a new heartbeat law (SR 8) went into effect in Texas. If you’ve read our information on heartbeat bills before, you may have assumed that Texas passed a similar law and it was immediately enjoined like all the others. No, the Texas law went into effect. Right now, in the state of Texas, abortion facilities are declining to schedule abortion appointments past six weeks LMP.

In Texas, the vast majority of abortions are now illegal, in spite of Roe and Casey. In fact, in response to an emergency appeal, the Supreme Court declined, in a 5-4 “shadow docket” decision, to prevent the law from going into effect. That decision makes no judgment on the constitutionality of the law; it’s certainly “unconstitutional” in that it violates the precedents of the Court’s prior abortion cases, whether or not Roe and Casey should themselves be considered unconstitutional.

So, how did this happen?

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

But You’re a Privileged White Woman!

“No uterus, no opinion.” Yeah, we’ve all heard that one before. I spent years training my male pro-life club members how to respond to the charge that men shouldn’t have an opinion about abortion. It came up in every single outreach we did; I’d overhear my co-president Joshua or male club members like Oscar having to defend why they should even be allowed to open their mouths about this controversial topic in the first place.

But then something happened that I never saw coming: pro-choice people started telling ME that I shouldn’t be allowed to have an opinion about abortion. Um, I’m a woman! I have a uterus!! It took me a little time and a lot of clarification questions to figure out what was going on. 

White lady who is upset

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

Announcing: The ERI Affiliate Group Program

Are you in a pro-life group? Interested in starting one? Learn from our team of expert pro-life advocates how your group can make an impact for life in your community. ERI Affiliate Groups are pro-life groups of all sizes and types who come together around ERI’s unique approach and apologetics materials in order to maximize their effectiveness in pro-life advocacy. 

Are you a college club? Church group? Youth group? High School group? Right to Life club? Sidewalk Counseling group? Community group? 

Are you just starting out? Already have over 100 members? 

All are welcome here. We’ll meet you where you’re at and be here for every step of your journey. You’ll receive:

  • One-on one, personalized mentoring from one of ERI’s Club Coaches to help your pro-life group reach its full potential.
  • Free lifetime access for an unlimited number of group members to the Equipped for Life Course and Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass.
  • Preferential access and discounts to ERI speakers for events.
  • A set of 50 complimentary ERI Outreach Brochures to use at your club’s outreaches and/or sidewalk counseling after completion of the Equipped for Life Course.
  • Private access to our library of ERI Digital Kits with tips and how-to-guides for running an active and effective pro-life group. Kit topics include:
    • Creating a Professional Club Brand
    • Recruitment & Retainment
    • Running Meetings that Keep Your Members Coming Back
    • Fundraising 101
    • Starting a Pro-Life Outreach
    • Designing Your Own Pro-Life Display
    • Your Club on Social Media 
    • Hosting a Pro-Life Speaker
    • Taking a Trip to the Abortion Facility
    • Building Relationships With Your Local Pregnancy Resource Center


For more information and to apply, visit equalrightsinstitute.com/groups 

Together, we can change minds and save lives.