Our Take on the “AKA Jane Roe” Documentary

You’ve likely heard about the documentary that premiered on FX, AKA Jane Roe, claiming to offer the true story of Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in Roe v. Wade. Pro-life and pro-choice people are interested in this story, regardless of how relevant it actually is (or should be) to our beliefs about abortion. Even if it feels off-topic, we need to be prepared to talk about this, and shifting to another topic too quickly will likely hurt your conversations about abortion.

I’m explaining our main thoughts below but feel free to use these links if you’d prefer to watch or listen to our discussion on the documentary that covers all of the points below, albeit in more detail.

Why does this matter, especially if our views on abortion shouldn’t be influenced by whether Roe was pro-choice or pro-life? The question this documentary poses isn’t what people should believe about abortion, but rather whether the pro-life movement is corrupt. We then need to answer whether it contains an accurate depiction of the modern pro-life movement.

One Easy Step to Avoiding Confirmation Bias: Interview with Tangle Founder Isaac Saul

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Josh Brahm interviews Isaac Saul, political journalist and founder of Tangle, an independent, ad-free, non-partisan politics newsletter that offers both sides of the biggest news stories every day.

They start by discussing Isaac’s background and the experiences that led him to attempt to create a truly non-partisan, fair, political newsletter. They then talk about common problems in the media, how to avoid confirmation bias, and how easy it is to fall into the game of snarky tweets, including Isaac admitting that he had published a snarky tweet from his personal account that morning, which they then analyze. Finally Josh asks Isaac for a list of his favorite sources from both sides of the political aisle for people who want to subscribe to at least one source from the opposite side.

LIVE SPEECH AUDIO: Q&A in Ireland

In February 2020 Josh Brahm was invited to speak at multiple pro-life events in Ireland. This is from a Q&A session after one of those events.

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You can download the speech audio above or listen to it on your phone by subscribing to the Equal Rights Institute Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

LIVE SPEECH AUDIO: What the Pro-Life Movement in Ireland Needs to Know in 2020

In February 2020 Josh Brahm was invited to speak at multiple pro-life events in Ireland. This is the edited audio from a speech he gave made particularly for their pro-life movement based on what is going on right now in their country, but includes helpful advice for movements in other countries as well.

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You can download the speech audio above or listen to it on your phone by subscribing to the Equal Rights Institute Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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What New Research Tells Us About Persuasion

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Josh and Rachel look at a research article published by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in 2019,  Perspective Taking and Self-Persuasion: Why “Putting Yourself in Their Shoes” Reduces Openness to Attitude Change, and discuss how it should influence the way we make pro-life arguments.

Shownotes:

  • 4:00 Summarizing the research
  • 15:16 How ERI develops new apologetics arguments.
  • 28:33 Personality research from Jordan Peterson points to reasons behind political disagreement.
  • 37:45 Does perspective-taking help with empathy but not creating arguments?
  • 42:46 Shared values help to move persuasion forward.

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