Responding to 8 Types of Difficult Pro-Lifers (with Monica Snyder & Andrew Kaake – Part 2)

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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.

Click here to listen to part 1.

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 and Andrew’s video streams due to technical issues. All of their audio is here, but the video is missing.

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Secular Pro-Life:

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AHA: The Anti-Abortionists Who Fight Other Pro-Lifers (with Jonathon Van Maren – Part 1)

AHA Fails to Understand Pro-Life History (with Jonathon Van Maren – Part 2)

AHA Fails to Understand Pro-Life History (with Jonathon Van Maren – Part 2)

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Speech: Monica Snyder speaks at the Dobbs #EmpowerWomenPromoteLife rally

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  • 00:00: Introduction
  • 01:24: Type 5: The Ones Who Are Hurting the Movement
  • 11:17: Type 6: The Ones Who Don’t Understand the Argument…
  • 25:53: Type 7: …Or the People Making the Argument…
  • 33:36: Type 8: …Or the People Getting the Abortions
  • 47:27: How can pro-life advocates encourage members in these categories to think or act differently?
  • 1:09:19: Are we being hypocritical for pointing out difficult types of pro-lifers?


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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