AHA: The Anti-Abortionists Who Fight Other Pro-Lifers (with Jonathon Van Maren – Part 1)

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Jonathon Van Maren joins the podcast to discuss what is going on with a hostile anti-abortion group called Abolish Human Abortion (AHA). This is the first of a two-part series. In this episode, Jonathon discusses AHA’s origin, their slander of the pro-life movement, how they are not William Wilberforce-style abolitionists, and how they’re attempting to rewrite their history now.

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Josh Brahm: AHA Attacks Justice For All for “Not Treating Abortion Like Sin”

Jonathon Van Maren: How “Abolish Human Abortion” Gets History Wrong – Part 1:

Jonathon Van Maren: How “Abolish Human Abortion” Gets History Wrong Again – Part 2:

Debate: Pro-Life Incrementalism vs Abolitionist Immediatism (Gregg Cunningham vs. T. Russell Hunter)

We referenced Dr. Michael New’s research on the effects of pro-life legislation. While much of his work is behind various paywalls, he helpfully sent a link to a 2018 policy analysis he wrote for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, where he summarized the academic research on the impact of pro-life laws:


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:40 Josh on the pro-life unity happening in this episode
  • 02:22 Why we’re talking about AHA
  • 08:16 AHA’s origin
  • 27:00 The difference between critiquing in good faith and bad faith
  • 31:21 Problems with AHA-supported legislation
  • 32:49 Pro-life victories and AHA’s slander
  • 37:48 Why are abortion rates down?
  • 39:23 Straw-manning or unintelligent?
  • 40:38 “And then what?”
  • 42:08 They’re not Wilberforce-style abolitionists

Jonathon Van Maren is the Communications Director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. His writings have been translated into more than six languages, and published in the National Post, National Review, First Things, The European Conservative, The Federalist, The American Conservative, The Stream, the Jewish Independent, the Hamilton Spectator, Reformed Perspective Magazine, among others. His insights have been featured on CTV, Global News, and the CBC, as well as over twenty radio stations. He regularly speaks on a variety of social issues at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Dealing with a Hostile Campus as a Pro-Life Club

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Emily pulls back the curtain to explain the ways that her pro-life club leaders overcame hostility, established a good working relationship with their college administrators, dealt with vandalism, connected with the pro-choice club, and more! Even if the campus is a hostile environment, students can take proactive steps to engage in successful pro-life activism.


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:50 Coaching other clubs
  • 04:05 Managing a club’s image
  • 07:03 Dealing with vandalism
  • 29:15 The importance of outreach
  • 30:42 Campus rules for outreach
  • 46:13 Explaining why you do outreach
  • 47:27 Be transparent
  • 54:34 The pro-choice club on campus
  • 1:13:01 When in doubt…
  • 1:18:17 If a club wants advice…

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How One Club Changed Their Campus (Extended Interview with Emily Albrecht)

Emily’s First Outreach Mistakes

Emily’s First Dialogue Mistakes

Here’s the meme Josh referenced toward the end:
Trying Kombucha for the First Time https://bit.ly/2QikiJi

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Emily’s First Dialogue Mistakes

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Now that she has talked about the initial outreach mistakes the Oles for Life club at St. Olaf made, Emily discusses their initial dialogue mistakes. Toward the beginning, she blows Josh’s mind by explaining how many of their member’s musical backgrounds made it easier for them to critique each other without anyone’s feelings getting hurt. (We bet this same thing applies to lots of artists and others too.)

Emily’s First Outreach Mistakes

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Our regular listeners have heard by now about the great successes of Oles for Life, the pro-life student club at St. Olaf College. In this episode, Emily Albrecht pulls the curtain back to share five mistakes their club made when they began doing outreach.

This episode will be followed by one on specific dialogue mistakes they made during their outreaches.