The Day I Found Out About Abortion

Update October 12, 2017: Since writing this blog post I spent some time in Sacramento and found the abortion facility where I became pro-life, and shot a video telling the story, so if you prefer a video over a written story:

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

Student: When, where and how did you first become aware of abortion?

When I was 11 years old my dad took me to an abortion clinic with a group of men from our church to pray. I was a pretty sheltered homeschool kid, and I had never heard of abortion before. I wasn’t super serious about lengthy prayer sessions at the time, and I didn’t understand the prayers that I was hearing. I just remember thinking that it was strange that we were hanging outside of this ugly, brick building. But a separate group across the street were protesting with graphic abortion signs. I wasn’t traumatized. I just asked what the pictures were. That day my parents sat me down and told me what abortion was.

A documentarian asked me a few years ago about that day. “What were your emotions that afternoon? Were you angry?” I thought for a second and responded, “No, I wasn’t angry. I was shocked that anybody would want to do that. I was really, really sad. And I knew I wanted to do something about it.”

So I read Francis Beckwith’s first book on abortion, “Politically Correct Death,” and listened to a bunch of early Scott Klusendorf tapes dozens of times, and when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say, “I want to be a pro-life speaker when I grow up.” Basically I wanted to be Scott Klusendorf. 17 years later I got hired to keynote a pro-life youth conference in Chicago and the guy who picked me up at the airport  informed me on the way to the hotel that I wasn’t their first choice. Scott Klusendorf was their first choice, but he wasn’t available, so they called me. I laughed and said, “I wanted to be Scott when I was 11 years old. If I’m anybody’s second choice after him, that’s awesome!”

Question: When, where and how did YOU first become aware of abortion? Post your story in the comments!

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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 uses speaking, writing and campus outreach to emphasize practical dialogue tips, pro-life philosophy, and relational apologetics.

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