Is Abortion an Injustice, and Why Does It Affect My Life?

I sometimes get requests to do interviews for local students. You can read one of them here at I just did another one, and this is my response to two of his questions:

Student: What do you think makes abortion an injustice?

Injustice is the quality or fact of being unjust, which usually means violating the rights of another. For example, slavery was unjust because it infringed on the natural rights of black human beings to have liberty and be treated with dignity and respect. I believe that abortion is unjust because it infringes on the unborn child’s natural right to live. If the right to life is meaningless, then all other rights are meaningless as well.

But I don’t believe that all living creatures have a natural right to live. I think that’s true only of human beings. So once again, the ultimate question is whether or not the unborn are human beings. Because I have strong biological and philosophical arguments that lead me to believe that the unborn are indeed human beings, I believe elective abortion, by definition, is unjust.

I’m basically an equal rights guy. I think all human beings are intrinsically valuable, meaning they are valuable because of the kind of thing they are, human beings, made in God’s image. So if you and I have an equal right to life because we’re human, and if the unborn is human too, then the unborn has an equal right to life as well.

Student: How does abortion affect your life?

It affects my life in a similar way to how slavery affected William Wilberforce’s life. He wasn’t in danger of becoming a slave himself, but he saw a great evil and decided to spend the bulk of his life fighting it. I see a great injustice, that more than three-thousand human beings are killed every day in America alone, and it’s happening because a lot of people in our society are really confused about human value. They think that people only morally matter after they are developed enough or able to live outside their mother’s body. I want to help convince them that they are wrong, and that we should not be killing human beings in the womb, regardless of whether or not it’s legal.

Question: How does abortion affect YOUR life? Post your response below in the comments.


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 has worked in the pro-life movement since he was 18. A sought-after speaker, Josh has spoken for more than 23,000 people in six countries and in 22 of the 50 states.

Josh’s primary passion is helping pro-life people to be more persuasive when they communicate with pro-choice people. That means ditching faulty rhetoric and tactics and embracing arguments that hold up under philosophical scrutiny.

He has publicly debated leaders from Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Georgians for Choice, and one of the leading abortion facilities in Atlanta.

Josh also wants to bring relational apologetics to the pro-life movement. “Some pro-choice people will not change their mind after one conversation on a college campus. Some of them will only change their mind after dozens of conversations with a person they trust in the context of friendship.”

Josh is formerly the host of a globally-heard podcast turned radio/TV show, Life Report. He now hosts the Equipped for Life Podcast. He’s also written dozens of articles for and the ERI blog.

He directed the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Fresno, resulting in up to 60 lives saved.

Josh has been happily married to his wife, Hannah, for 15 years. They have three sons, Noah, William, and Eli. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

David Bereit, the National Director of 40 Days for Life, sums up Josh’s expertise this way: “Josh Brahm is one of the brightest, most articulate, and innovative people in the pro-life movement. His cutting-edge work is helping people think more clearly, communicate more effectively, and — most importantly — be better ambassadors for Christ. I wholeheartedly endorse Josh’s work, and I encourage you to join me in following Josh and getting involved in his work today!”

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