Understanding and Responding to Bodily Rights Arguments

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JoshBrahm-BodilyRightsSpeech-300x218 (1)I just posted a recording of my presentation of the “de facto guardian” argument at the Students for Life of America Regional Leadership Summit at UCLA. This is an updated version since the speech audio I posted last year. There are some changes to the way we frame the argument now, that I make clear towards the end of the speech.

I described both types of bodily rights arguments, discussed the most common pro-life responses to the violinist analogy and why they are unpersuasive to many pro-choice atheists, and then explained the de facto guardian argument that may solve this problem.

This is the first part of a two-part speech. I was asked to talk about bodily rights arguments as well as responding to life of the mother cases. This is just the audio from the bodily rights portion of the speech. You can download the second part on life-threatening pregnancies here.

Click here to download the free 56-minute MP3 file on bodily rights arguments.

Click here to download the paper.

UPDATE: Click below for a later version of the speech I gave at the 2015 Oregon Right to Life Conference:


Josh Brahm is the President of Equal Rights Institute, an organization that trains pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly and argue persuasively.

Josh uses speaking, writing and campus outreach to emphasize practical dialogue tips, pro-life philosophy, and relational apologetics.

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