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. 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 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 LifeNews.com 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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