ERI Update – October 2017

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I give an update on the main things that have been going on at ERI in the last month and what we’re working on next.

Note: Sorry about the heavy breathing. I was hiking around 8,600 feet above sea level, and I hadn’t acclimated to the elevation yet.

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COURSE PODCAST CLIP: Episode 11 – Sidewalk Counseling Tips

Every other Wednesday we publish a new episode of the Equipped for Life Podcast, available to everyone who purchases our course, “Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations about Abortion.” Generally, these podcast episodes won’t be available to the general public, but we plan on releasing short clips from the episodes every Thursday, to give you a sense of what these podcasts are like.

In episode eleven of the Equipped for Life Course Podcast, Tim and I interview Jacob on the topic of sidewalk counseling.

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In these clips from the full episode, you’ll hear Jacob share some of his thoughts on how much training people should have before they start sidewalk counseling as well as an outstanding tip for building rapport and buying the baby critical time.

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PODCAST: How to Turn the Tables on Four Pro-Choice Arguments

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How do you get someone to change their mind about something?

When I’ve had long conversations about abortion, I have often gone through a process of figuring out any possible creative way to communicate my idea or argument in a way that the other person might actually receive. I have found that forcing someone to argue against their own unfair arguments is the most efficient way to help someone realize that their arguments are actually unfair.

I provide four examples of unfair pro-choice rhetoric, and the ways I turn the tables.

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Fellow Pro-Lifers: Please Stop Sharing This Straw Man Meme

“My body, my choice” is possibly the most common slogan in defense of abortion right now and an embarrassing number of pro-life people completely misunderstand it. Consider the following popular meme:

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Hilarious right? Aren’t pro-choice people stupid? Aren’t they logic-impaired?

No. Please stop.

To what is “my body” referring in the “my body, my choice” slogan? Pro-life people far too often incorrectly assume that it is the body of the unborn. If that was the case, then yes, it would be a dumb thing to say. Let’s call this the Scientifically Ignorant View. That is almost never what pro-choice people mean. They mean the parts of the woman’s body that are affected by pregnancy, such as her uterus, vagina, ovaries, etc. Those are indisputably her body parts and pregnancy affects them.

The pro-life mind is naturally inclined to be focused on the unborn, and understandably so. They are being killed daily by the thousands. Almost nothing justifies killing a human person. But to most pro-choice people, even if the unborn is a human person, women have the right to kill the unborn if they are inside her body. This is the Bodily Rights View. Shouting that the unborn is a human being does nothing to respond to the Bodily Rights View. Absolutely nothing.

COURSE PODCAST CLIP: Episode 10 – Is the #ShoutYourAbortion Campaign an Effective Strategy for Abortion Advocates?

Every other Wednesday we publish a new episode of the Equipped for Life Podcast, available to everyone who purchases our course, “Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations about Abortion.” Generally, these podcast episodes won’t be available to the general public, but we plan on releasing short clips from the episodes every Thursday, to give you a sense of what these podcasts are like.

In episode ten of the Equipped for Life Course Podcast, Tim and I respond to a question from a listener about how to evaluate the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign and others like it.

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In these clips from the full episode, you’ll hear some of Tim’s and my thoughts on the effectiveness of #ShoutYourAbortion.

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