PODCAST: Building Rapport with a Benevolent Dictator

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Many conversations about abortion succeed or fail because of your rapport, or lack thereof, with the pro-choice person. Even a perfectly articulated pro-life argument will just glance off of a combative pro-choice mind, so people who are skilled at dialogue use wisdom to build rapport and make the tone of the conversation friendly.

This piece gives a kind of interesting dialogue tip that has made a huge difference in building rapport in my conversations. I didn’t even notice it was significant until my colleague Rachel pointed it out.

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

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“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. This misunderstanding is so common, and it is so destructive. For me, and the rest of the team at ERI, it is a point of particular frustration. This piece is a response to a particular meme that completely misunderstands bodily rights arguments, and is therefore really harmful to the pro-life cause. Please stop sharing it.

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PODCAST: On Virtue-Signaling

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Right before we released the Equipped for Life Course, we realized that one of the videos seemed to include Virtue-Signaling. Since Virtue-Signaling is a negative thing, it was rather confusing that this particular instance seemed okay. Finally, after about a year and a half, I gained some clarity and wrote this post.

In this piece, I offer some distinctions between types of Virtue-Signaling with the hope that people will be able to distinguish the objectionable types from the acceptable types. I close with suggestions about how and when to accuse someone of Virtue-Signaling, all with the desired end of helping dialogue to be more productive between parties that disagree.

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PODCAST: Four Practical Tips for Responding to the Burning Fertility Clinic

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A couple months ago, a series of tweets about abortion went viral. They used the pro-choice argument involving a burning fertility clinic thought experiment. As a pro-life advocate who occasionally gets questions about abortion issues, I received questions about this thought experiment from maybe 20 different individuals.

For some reason, pro-choice people tend to think this argument demolishes the pro-life view, so it’s important to be ready to respond to it efficiently (meaning you need to focus on just a couple of disanalogies, not all of them) and persuasively (meaning you need to convince them that you aren’t just weaseling out of a problem with your view). My focus in this piece is practical dialogue—how to respond to this argument in a way that pro-choice people are most likely to find compelling.

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  • Click here for the series of tweets that went viral
  • Click here to buy Robert George and Christopher Tollefsen’s book Embryo: A Defense of Human Life
  • Click here for the article by Robert George

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PODCAST: Planned Parenthood’s Absurd Position on HIV Disclosure

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This piece is an unofficial part 3 to the pieces about my conversation with Brent. Those articles ended up touching on the important issue of the role of the right to sex in the argument for abortion. When I came upon an article about Planned Parenthood’s view on whether or not someone has an obligation to disclose HIV to a sexual partner, I saw the connection and thought it was worth pointing out.

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