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.

Related Links:

  • 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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Director of Training

Timothy Brahm is the Director of Training at Equal Rights Institute. He is interested in helping pro-life and pro-choice people to have better dialogues about abortion through 1) taking care to understand what the other person means, 2) using more carefully-constructed arguments, and 3) treating each other with care and respect. He graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in philosophy and is a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute.

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