I’ve spent the last hour reading various stories about the Marshae Jones case, and I’d like to try to provide a few facts worth noting, since rarely did any of the stories include all of them. Mainstream media outlets are clearly jumping on the story and being flagrantly misleading with their headlines; pro-choice groups are jumping at the chance to accuse Alabama of being racist and wanting to prosecute pregnant women for abortions; and at least one pro-life group has tried to help but provided some faulty thought experiments.
So, let’s get some facts on the table and try to think well about this tragic story.
Fact #1: Marshae Jones, the mother, was the aggressor in this fight, not the shooter.
Marshae Jones. Photograph: Reuters
You certainly wouldn’t know this from the headlines, but virtually every news story agrees on the fact that Jones, with three of her friends, attacked Ebony Jemison while she was on a lunch break at work with three of her friends. Jones seems to have initiated the fight because she was jealous about Jemison’s interaction with Jones’s boyfriend. All three of them worked at the same place, Jones suspected something was going on, and convinced three of her friends to accompany her to initiate a fight with Jemison.
Fact #2: Marshae Jones knew she was 5 months pregnant when she attacked Ebony Jemison.
This isn’t a case where a mother didn’t know that she was pregnant and then had a miscarriage. She was late into her 2nd trimester, and yet initiated a serious physical confrontation with another woman and three of her friends.
Fact #3: Ebony Jemison fired a warning shot in self-defense, and the bullet ricocheted off the ground and hit Jones.
Jemison wasn’t trying to hit Jones. She claims that she was afraid, (and it seems, reasonably so) and fired a warning shot at the ground hoping it would get Jones and her friends to back off. In a horrible and very unlikely coincidence, that bullet hit the ground and then ricocheted and hit Jones in the stomach.
Pastor Dan Burrell from Life Fellowship Church invited ERI President Josh Brahm to be interviewed for a four-episode series on pro-life dialogue for their podcast, LifeTalks. This is the first episode in that series, where they discuss ERI’s dialogue style and how it contrasts with the way many pro-life advocates talk about abortion.
- 2:20: What made you decide to try a different approach to this issue than many had before?
- 7:03: What arguments and dialogue techniques do not work? What is it that we often do that doesn’t change minds?
- 10:06: What works more frequently than some of the other things?
- 14:45: How do you get into these conversations?
- 16:50: I hear a lot of questions in your approach. People often start with declarative statements. Why do questions work better?
- 18:41: People on both sides of this issue tend to talk about extreme cases like rape or sex-selection abortions. How do we keep the conversation focused on core principles?
Are you pro-life? Then your social media timeline has probably been filled with angry pro-choice posts and memes lately. Do you sometimes wonder how best to respond to the arguments in these statuses? Then this webinar is for you!
Josh Brahm and Rachel Crawford from Equal Rights Institute will go through some of the most popular pro-choice memes and systematically refute them, showing you the most important points to make about each if you’re discussing them with someone who is pro-abortion-choice. They will also offer some practical tips for debating pro-choice people online in this moment in history when pro-choice people are more afraid of Roe v Wade being overturned and angry at pro-life people than ever before.
Afterward, they will respond to YOUR questions and offer a special discount for the Equipped for Life Course!
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Published May 9, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the resignation of Timothy Brahm as Director of Training, which became effective on May 3rd, 2019. Tim feels that God is leading him somewhere else, and we wish him the very best. We temporarily delayed making this announcement more public (i.e. an email blast, Facebook post, etc.) to give Tim time to personally inform his supporters.
Having co-founded ERI with me, Tim did amazing and breakthrough things for the pro-life movement, and Tim was integral to the successes ERI shared. Tim is leaving ERI, but everyone agrees that his imprint won’t leave the organization. Tim should be proud of what he accomplished at ERI. He co-founded a great pro-life organization with some of the best pro-life writing and philosophical work in the entire movement, and none of that goes away just because he’s not working in the office. Even the ideas that Tim was still in process on with the rest of our Philosophy Team are things that will continue to be developed.
On behalf of myself, our board, and our staff, I wish Tim the very best in his new endeavors.
Josh Brahm (left) and Timothy Brahm (right)
While Tim’s contributions will be missed, ERI will continue to be a strong organization for the future. From a desire to develop a strong team of philosophers several years ago, diversifying the group by hiring Rachel Crawford and Andrew Kaake are two of the best decisions we’ve made since we launched ERI. They are ridiculously smart and will continue to see problems and work on solutions in the same way we always have. If you love the philosophical work we do, none of that is going away. Rachel Crawford is taking over leadership of the Philosophy Team, and it’s been incredible to see her rise to the challenge.
I greatly look forward to seeing how God continues to work through this organization as we grow our staff and expand our projects. Our current focus is on completing the sidewalk counseling course, using our new video studio to expand the Equipped for Life Course and create great YouTube videos, and relaunch the Equipped for Life Podcast.
President and Co-Founder
For the first time since we started ERI, our general fund account is getting critically low, to the point that we are one or two payroll cycles away from draining it unless we can get things turned around. So I’m refocusing a lot more of my energy toward fundraising temporarily to get us out of this crisis. I’d like to ask you to prayerfully consider making a generous one-time or recurring donation to make our work possible.
We’re getting the video/podcast studio (that’s already paid for) set up really soon, and we’re already preparing videos and podcasts to record, as well as putting the finishing touches on the sidewalk counseling course. We’re really well set up to make a bigger impact on the pro-life movement than ever before.
I feel like I did when we first launched. I can see a bright future ahead of us with the projects that only our team is set up to accomplish, but there’s this canyon between us and the other side. We need your help building the bridge to get us there.
If you and/or your spouse wanted to jump on the phone or a video call to ask me any questions about the ministry and where we’re headed, I’d be happy to schedule that. Email me and let me know that you’re interested and it’ll go straight to me.
If you’re ready to financially partner with us now, the donation link and PO box number (if you prefer sending checks) is at https://EqualRightsInstitute.com/Donate.
If you’re a recurring donor, thank you so much! And if you are willing and able to increase your monthly donation, please let me know. We can easily take care of that on our end with our donation software.
God bless you all!