Top 5 ERI Articles of 2015

I created this list using the Google Analytics for the ERI blog, instead of complicating the process by incorporating stats from, where many of our articles are later republished.

Our blog received 79,000 unique pageviews from more than 43,000 unique people this year. That’s a 140% increase in readers from last year.

After running our first reader survey this year, we decided to post more consistently, maintain a calm, respectful, yet uncompromising tone, keep things practical, and keep using stories to model the kinds of dialogues we want people to have. I think we accomplished all of those goals, and we saw great growth to our blog this year.

On to the list!

#5: Avoiding an Embarrassingly Common Pro-Life Mistake


Our mission is to train pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly, and argue persuasively. We want to help the pro-life movement to make the kinds of arguments that are compelling to pro-choice people. We also want to help pro-life people to avoid common pitfalls, and this post is an example of that.

It was interesting to see some people respond to this piece by claiming that pro-lifers don’t make this mistake while at the same time reading comments from readers saying that they’ve been making this mistake for years and had no idea they were committing a logical fallacy.

#4: Autumn in the Sovereign Zone: Why “It’s My Body, I Can Do What I Want” Won’t Do


This is an excellent article that Timothy wrote several years ago on bodily rights arguments that we’ve now made available on our blog. We still use some of these thought experiments with pro-choice students today.

#3: Why Pro-Life Advocates Are Not Responsible for the Planned Parenthood Shooting

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The morning after the horrible shooting in Colorado Springs I spent some time reading comments from young pro-choice people on Reddit. I was amazed that virtually every single comment I read said the same thing: pro-life people are directly responsible for this shooting. That was when I knew we needed to train pro-life advocates in the most persuasive way to respond to this argument. We worked through the weekend and got it published a few days later. I’m really glad it did so well.

#2: Why Even Thomson’s Violinist Condemns Planned Parenthood’s Selling Baby Parts

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This summer while the Center for Medical Progress’ Planned Parenthood videos were coming out, we decided to devote several blog posts to helping pro-life people think well about these videos, as well as make the most persuasive arguments about the videos to their pro-choice friends. This is the most philosophical piece we wrote during that time.

#1: Our Experience at the OMSI Prenatal Exhibit Displaying Real Preserved Children


This is one of the most emotional blog posts I’ve ever written. The first time I spoke in Portland someone told me “you have to go see the OMSI exhibit!” I asked what that was, and they said there was a temporary fetal development display. Due to scheduling reasons I couldn’t make it work that trip, but I made a point of taking our whole staff there the following spring when we came back to train a Students for Life club. The exhibit displays the preserved bodies of miscarried babies. This post tells the story of that experience and the thoughts we had after visiting the exhibit.

This experience has had a permanent effect on us. We had a reader recently express surprise by the way Timothy began one of his latest blog posts: “Abortion is not merely immoral, it is obviously immoral.” What we saw in this exhibit in Portland has a lot to do with the confidence with which Tim expressed himself recently.

Some of our older posts continued to do really well this year. Here are the three most read posts from our archive this year:

#3: The Best Way to Expose Logical Fallacies: Don’t Call Them by Name


This was the second part a series I wrote on logical fallacies. In this post I reflected on something Trent Horn had told me on my old podcast, that it’s better to point out a logical fallacy without naming the fallacy. This is harder, but far less annoying to most people.

#2: Penn Jillette on Loving the People He Disagrees With


I probably owe the view count on this article to the fact that Penn Jillette has tweeted it at least once, but I still enjoyed writing this piece about a famous video Penn made about evangelism as well as a less-known statement Penn made about loving the people he disagrees with on his podcast.

#1: 4 Reasons Pro-Lifers Need to Stop Doing This

This may be my favorite blog post I’ve ever written, because the content is very unique to something my brother Tim and I have talked about, and I think it’s very needed if our movement is going to show the world that we care about all people, and not just unborn babies. That gives you the credibility to talk to people who wouldn’t listen to certain other pro-life people.

There was a lot of debate regarding this topic, so I wrote two followup pieces answering the most common challenges.

I credit part of the success of this post to my friends at Students for Life of America who frequently tweet it to their followers and even discuss the topic in their trainings with college students across the country!

That’s the list! Thanks again for following our blog this year. I hope it’s been helpful to you as you have potentially life-changing conversations with your pro-choice friends.

Merry Christmas, and have a happy New Year!



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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