Reaching Out to Abortion-Minded Women Online

Reaching Out to Abortion-Minded Women Online

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A reader asked me for some tips for reaching out to pregnant, abortion-minded women in internet forums, and she gave me permission to share with you my response.

Here’s an edited version of the question that was sent to me. (All names have been changed to protect their privacy.)

I was on Reddit today and I noticed one girl asking the following question:

I am sure I want an abortion. I have no money and my boyfriend barely has a job. I do not want anyone to pass judgement against me because I have already judged myself enough. The problem is that I have no money, not even enough to pay for an abortion. I have an appointment with Planned Parenthood tomorrow. Will they still be able to give me an abortion?

To which I replied: If you feel guilty now, how will you feel after?

She accused me of being “an unhelpful jerk.”

I apologized and explained that I couldn’t stand by and say nothing. I recommended that she consider adoption.

My question for you is this: It is easy to argue about abortion when it is theoretical. But this girl is planning on going to the clinic! There is a life hanging in the balance and the only thing I can do is try to talk her out of it. I don’t want this child to die, but what can I do to prevent a woman I’ve never met from killing her child? I feel like I am the only person rooting for this child’s birth and my time is limited and I must save him/her but I don’t know how. What should I do?

~ Nancy

It’s a great question, Nancy. I understand the sentiment you’re expressing, that there’s something different between talking philosophically about legalized abortion on a college campus, and talking to someone who is pregnant and planning on hiring a doctor to kill her child the following day.

I haven’t seen the thread, but if your first response to her was merely the question, “If you feel guilty now, how will you feel after,” then I have some thoughts about that. I think it’s definitely a good question and one that she should consider, but there might have been a better way to start. Remember, to her, you’re just a random person on the internet. Even worse, you’re a random pro-lifer, and you probably know the reputation that pro-lifers have in our society, and certainly on Reddit.

So I’d probably have written a longer post, and probably one that incorporated that question toward the end. Before asking your question, I would have empathized with her difficult situation, and offered some resources.
For example, OptionLine has an 800 number that is answered by a live person who can answer their immediate questions and then set up an appointment for the person with the nearest Pregnancy Resource Center. (And not all PRC’s get on their list, only approved centers that meet certain quality standards.)

I think you would find some practical ideas for things you could have said in two previous episodes of Life Report. We recorded both of them to prepare our listeners for situations just like the one you experienced. Both episodes are about talking to pregnant and abortion-vulnerable girls. In one, we’re interviewing a PRC director who has a lot of experience counseling pregnant girls. In the latter, a post-abortive woman who wrote out some tips based on what would have been helpful to her when she was pregnant with her first child.

One last thought: I probably would have sent this message as a PM (private message) instead of as a public post. It’s more likely that someone will respond without feeling like they need to save face if it just takes place in their inbox.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks so much for being willing to put yourself out there and do your best to save a baby. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible. But I think you did the right thing by trying.

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What would you add to this list of tips for reaching out to people online? Have you ever done this in the past with success? If so, what did you do? Post them in the comments below!


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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