Equal Rights Institute is an organization dedicated to training pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly and argue persuasively.
This is the Equal Rights Institute blog. It is focused on helping pro-life people to be more persuasive when they communicate with pro-choice people. This includes the best arguments pro-life people can use, as well as practical dialogue tips to help the conversation go smoother. We also sometimes write about relational apologetics, because we believe that some pro-choice people will not change their mind after a Facebook debate or a conversation on a college campus; they’ll only change their mind because their friend persuaded them.
If you are pro-life and want practical tips for having effective dialogues with pro-choice people, this blog is for you. If you’re pro-choice and you want to explore pro-life ideas without being called names or having your arguments simplified, I believe you will enjoy our work, as many other pro-choice people do.
Since we launched Equal Rights Institute, we’ve blogged once or twice a month. We’re hoping to increase that frequency soon. To make sure you don’t miss our newest posts, you can subscribe via email or RSS.
Our Top Posts
If you are new to this site, you might want to start with our most popular posts. Here are our top three from our most popular categories:
- Fetus Tunnel Vision: 4 Reasons Pro-Lifers Need to Stop Doing This
- The Biology Professor Who Hated Our Outreach Exhibit
- You Should Know How to Disagree Well
Equal Rights Argument
- The Most Undervalued Argument in the Pro-Life Movement
- My Speech at the Students for Life Conference: “I’m Pro-Life, But…”
- “Ethan” is Now Pro-Life Because of the Equal Rights Argument
Bodily Rights Arguments
- Why Even Thomson’s Violinist Condemns Planned Parenthood’s Selling Baby Parts
- Understanding and Responding to Bodily Rights Arguments
- Two Bad Pro-Life Responses to Bodily Rights Arguments
- Penn Jillette on Loving the People He Disagrees With
- My Formerly Pro-Choice Friend Now Self-Identifies as Pro-Life!
- Atheist Ira Glass is Not Annoyed by Relational Evangelism
- What Should You Say to a Woman Who is Happy That She Had an Abortion?
- What to Say to Someone Who Says “I Wish I Had Been Aborted”
- Can You Explain Why You’re Pro-Life in a 30-Second Sound Bite?
- You Should Know What a Logical Fallacy Actually Is
- The Best Way to Expose Logical Fallacies: Don’t Call Them by Name
- Understanding What Richard Dawkins Actually Believes About Abortion and Down Syndrome
- “Do You Listen, or Do You Just Wait to Talk?”
- Sometimes What You Should Say is Nothing
You can also check our blog’s archive for a list of every post we have written or use the search function at the top of the sidebar to find other posts that might be of interest.
Josh has worked in the pro-life movement since he was 18. After 12 years of full-time pro-life work he launched Equal Rights Institute to maximize his impact for the movement, focusing on rigorous philosophy and relational apologetics.
He spent four years being certified to facilitate Justice For All seminars and outreaches, (think of it like pro-life college) and became the only non-JFA staff person who was certified to do this.
He has publicly debated leaders from Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Georgians for Choice, and one of the leading abortion facilities in Atlanta.
He directed the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Fresno, resulting in up to 60 lives saved.
He has been happily married to his wife, Hannah, for eight years. They have three sons, Noah, William and Eli. He leads worship at Free Grace Church in Clovis, California.
Timothy is a former Training Specialist with Justice For All, where he trained students to have good conversations about abortion and not be weird about it. Tim is interested in helping pro-life and pro-choice people to have better dialogues about abortion through 1) taking care to understand what the other person means, 2) using more carefully-constructed arguments, and 3) treating each other with care and respect. He graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in philosophy and is a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute.
“There are smart people on both sides. There are virtuous people and vicious people on both sides. Let’s assume the best about each other and be charitable to each other’s arguments. We should all commit to being open-minded enough to go where the truth leads us, and let arguments win out rather than our own wishful thinking.”
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