The Equal Rights Institute was founded by Josh Brahm to “train pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly, and argue persuasively.” Josh is a Christian who makes the pro-life case from a secular position, and he has always maintained a good relationship with Secular Pro-Life. [Disclosure: SPL president Kelsey Hazzard is on the ERI board of advisers.] His ability to connect with people with differing beliefs extends to his conversations with pro-choicers as well, which is a big part of what makes him so effective.
For years, Josh has toured the country giving training seminars to pro-life groups, covering everything from the basics of respectful engagement to the distinction between the “right-to-refuse” argument and the “sovereign zone” argument. He’s worked especially closely with Students for Life of America, both speaking to campus leaders and training SFLA staffers to give presentations of their own. But all that traveling is inefficient, so ERI has taken the logical next step.
The Equipped for Life video course is now available for just $39. It consists of 29 videos in 9 modules:
- Habits of Highly Ineffective Pro-Lifers
- Practical Dialogue Tips
- Trot Out a Toddler
- The Biological Case for the Unborn
- The Philosophical Case for the Unborn
- The Question of Rape
- Bodily Rights Arguments
- The Greater Good
- Talking to Abortion-Minded and Post-Abortive People
While I have not yet had the opportunity to watch all the videos (and I understand more content is coming), I definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you are fairly new to the pro-life movement. Something like this would have been incredibly valuable to me when I first got involved in the pro-life movement as a college student. I made my share of mistakes in my early debates with abortion supporters, and while I don’t think I did anything terribly egregious or caused lasting damage, I definitely wasted a fair amount of time reinventing the wheel when I could’ve
had a V8 learned a thing or two from my elders.