PODCAST: Fellow Pro-Lifers: Please Stop Sharing This Straw Man Meme

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“My body, my choice” is possibly the most common slogan in defense of abortion right now, and an embarrassing number of pro-life people completely misunderstand it. This misunderstanding is so common, and it is so destructive. For me, and the rest of the team at ERI, it is a point of particular frustration. This piece is a response to a particular meme that completely misunderstands bodily rights arguments, and is therefore really harmful to the pro-life cause. Please stop sharing it.

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PODCAST: On Virtue-Signaling

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Right before we released the Equipped for Life Course, we realized that one of the videos seemed to include Virtue-Signaling. Since Virtue-Signaling is a negative thing, it was rather confusing that this particular instance seemed okay. Finally, after about a year and a half, I gained some clarity and wrote this post.

In this piece, I offer some distinctions between types of Virtue-Signaling with the hope that people will be able to distinguish the objectionable types from the acceptable types. I close with suggestions about how and when to accuse someone of Virtue-Signaling, all with the desired end of helping dialogue to be more productive between parties that disagree.

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PODCAST: Two Bad Pro-Life Responses to Bodily Rights Arguments

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Even before ERI officially began, Tim and I cared a lot about helping pro-life people to think well and take pro-choice arguments seriously. We don’t think every single pro-choice argument is a good argument (there are a lot of really bad arguments on both sides), but we won’t be persuasive unless we can recognize and take the stronger pro-choice arguments seriously. In this piece, I address two bad pro-life responses to some of the stronger pro-choice arguments.

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PODCAST: Abuse of Academic Authority Regularly Inhibits Pro-Life Speech

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Sometimes it is tough to be a pro-life college student. Most challenges students face are found on campus during a tabling event or with the administration, but sometimes they are inside the classroom. Far too often when pro-life students dare to speak up in defense of the unborn, professors attempt to humiliate and silence them.

This piece is about two real stories. One of them happened to me, and one of them happened to Ellen, a student we heard from firsthand on Twitter.

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PODCAST: The Biology Professor Who Hated Our Outreach Exhibit

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This piece is an outreach dialogue story. Despite my not being excited to write it, it went viral on lifenews.com. We suspect this had to do with the title, which could give the impression that this is one of those “The brilliant pro-life person destroys the stupid pro-choice person” posts.

That’s not an attitude that we want to nourish. We think it’s more intellectually healthy to get outside of your echo chamber and think about the smartest arguments that are coming from the other side. But some people like those kinds of pieces because they feel good. Though I didn’t intend to write a bait-and-switch piece, I think I sort of did, and I’m glad it got some people who otherwise wouldn’t read our blog to learn a little about what we do when we’re trying to create a good dialogue.

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