You can expect an audio blog every Thursday, monthly ERI updates, and occasional live speech/Q&A audios. Pretty soon we’ll also start featuring regular 3-5 minute snippets from the Equipped for Life Course Podcast as well.
The days after Roe v. Wade’s overturning have been riddled with confusion, panic, anger, protests, and misinformation. There has never been a more important time for pro-life advocates to provide clarity, explain what overturning Roe v. Wade really means, and describe how we want to see our society move forward. Josh, Emily, and Andrew went live on YouTube and Facebook to help you think clearly and respond effectively to the most contentious issue of the moment.
After summarizing what the Dobbs decision did, the staff pull the curtain back on what their experience was like on the day that Dobbs came out, and their emotional reactions to the situation since.
Then they discuss the question of whether pro-lifers should be even trying to get into dialogues right now, given the heated emotions right now.
Finally they respond to these common pro-choice arguments right now:
Pro-lifers don’t care about babies after they’re born
“This is a step back 50 years for women’s rights”
“People will still get abortions anyway!”
“You’re going to force women to die from tubal pregnancies. Are doctors really not allowed to do live-saving procedures?”
The maternal mortality rate in Mississippi
“Justice Thomas’ concurrence proves that they’re coming after same-sex marriage and birth control next!”
“You can’t force people to donate organs. Women have less bodily autonomy than corpses now.”
“You want to throw women into jail.”
“Women will be prosecuted for miscarriages.”
Finally the staff discuss the three steps for the pro-life movement now before taking questions from the audience.
It’s the question we’re asked more often than any other, and we want to answer it carefully. The question is, “What should I do about the pro-life activist near me who is being difficult? Should I approach them differently than I do my dialogues with pro-choice people?”
Josh and Emily invited ERI Lead Editor Andrew Kaake and Secular Pro-Life’s Executive Director Monica Snyder on the show for a two-part discussion on the way they think about responding to online comments, eight common types of difficult pro-life people, and how you can respond to them.
Note: Sorry for the occasional distortion with Josh and Emily’s mics. They’ve had a good six-year run, but we’re replacing them before the next time we record (the mics, not Josh and Emily).
We also had technical issues with Monica’s video stream due to technical issues. All of her audio is there, but the video is missing sometimes.
This is a continuation of Josh’s conversation with Gary Freeman on crossing the racial divide in pro-life work. In this episode they discuss the high abortion rate in the African-American community and why that is, and how we should think about the debate over Planned Parenthood being an allegedly racist organization.
This is a continuation of Josh’s conversation with Gary Freeman on crossing the racial divide in pro-life work. In this episode they contrast Gary’s position with those who say that you can’t be pro-life unless you agree with them on other social issues, why people in black churches are distrustful of Gary as soon as he calls himself “pro-life”, and how the church could have possibly made Black Lives Matter irrelevant.
If you haven’t listened to the first part of this conversation, do that first for this section to make sense in context.
This is the first of a three-part series of conversations with Josh and Gary Freeman, a former guest on our podcast. In this episode they discuss Gary’s new ministry, on relationships being key to white and black people understanding each other better and successfully crossing the racial divide, as well as the need to serve people well in spite of cultural differences.