A Muslim Intellectual’s Journey from Pro-Choice to Pro-Life

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This is the first of a two-part series with Muslim intellectual Dr. Javad Hashmi. In this episode Josh interviews him about his journey from pro-choice to pro-life and how Muslims think about moral culpability and human value. They spend the rest of the episode having an impromptu nerdy philosophy debate about personhood.

Javad T. Hashmi is a board-certified emergency physician, former Fellow of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a PhD candidate in the Study of Religion (Islamic Studies) at Harvard University. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Hashmi holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies from U.C. Berkeley and Harvard respectively.


  • 00:00 Introducing Javad
  • 01:08 Javad’s story from pro-choice to pro-life
  • 04:13 A primer on American Muslim politics
  • 09:24 Javad’s story continued
  • 13:44 On compassion for post-abortive women
  • 15:50 Thinking through the complexities of moral culpability and abortion
  • 19:18 The role (or lack thereof) of religion in the abortion debate
  • 26:22 What Muslims think about “first breath” and human value?
  • 33:21 More on the Muslim view of human value
  • 45:29 Javad interacts with how ERI staff think about personhood

Related links:

Pro-Life Apologetics: The Equal Rights Argument:

Equal Rights Institute Website:

Equal Rights Institute Blog:

Equipped for Life Course:

Sidewalk Counseling Masterclass:

Host: Josh Brahm
Guest: Dr. Javad T. Hashmi
Audio/Video Editor: Chapter One Films & Josh Brahm
Publisher: Jen Westmoreland

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