What Should Be Done About Abortion, and What are Others Doing Now?

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 two of his questions:

Student: What do you think should be done about abortion?

I think elective abortion should be illegal, because it kills human beings without justification. It’s not just because it’s morally wrong. There are some things that are wrong that shouldn’t be made illegal. Premarital sex, extramarital sex and gossip are all things that I think are morally wrong but should not be made illegal, because of my views on how government should work and how involved they should be in our daily lives. But clearly it should be illegal to harm another human being, which brings us back to the central question of the abortion debate: what is the unborn? I believe that the unborn are valuable human beings like you and me, with the natural right to life that should be acknowledged and protected by all civil and just societies.

Student: Do you know of anyone who is already trying to make a difference?  What are they doing?

I know lots of pro-life people, both national leaders as well as local grassroots activists. There are lots of different types of things that pro-life people are doing to fight abortion.

For example, some people like me work in education. We want to communicate truths to our society that many aren’t aware of, like that the unborn are just as human as you or me. Some people like my friends at Live Action make undercover videos exposing some of the seedy things about Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities. My friend Abby Johnson used to work for Planned Parenthood before she became pro-life and quit. Her book has educated a lot of people about what goes on behind the scenes in the abortion industry.

Other people are focused on passing pro-life laws, both at the state and federal level. This is important work, as Dr. Michael New’s research has demonstrated that passing state laws can have an impact on the abortion rates in those states.

Some are focused on political action, making sure that strong pro-life advocates are well-spoken on the abortion issue and are elected into office. Then they can help pass the pro-life laws at the state level.

Some people like David Bereit and Shawn Carney are encouraging people to pray and sidewalk counsel at abortion facilities.

Some organizations like Justice For All and Students for Life of America are making sure that good dialogue is happening at the college level. College-age women have more abortions than any other age group, partially because of how difficult colleges make it to have a baby and remain a student.

There are many more examples, but that gives you an idea of what’s out there.


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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