Right to Life Radio

Trent Horn begins the show with a discussion of what a philosophy is (and isn't) and talks about why pro-life advocates need to study the discipline of philosophy. Issues Trent touches on that need philosophical reflection include:

  • Why is killing wrong?
  • What is a person?
  • Do people have a right to control their own bodies?
  • Are morals relative or objective?

Trent then surveys the major philosophical contributions to these issues. (Singer, Marquis, Warren, Thomson, Finnis, Noonan, Schwartz, Beckwith, Kaczor, Tooley.) Finally, he shares how understanding philosophy has helped him have gracious conversations with pro-choice advocates.

Trent Horn is the Coordinator of Respect Life Leadership Support at the Diocese of Phoenix. To learn more about Trent, visit DiocesePhoenix.org.

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Pro-life philosopher Trent Horn explains how some pro-choice arguments don't seem so crazy if you view them through the lens of Judith Jarvis Thompson's violinist analogy instead of an anti-personhood worldview. This is very important, because we want to understand where pro-choice people are coming from, and in my experience, more and more of them are coming from a bodily rights case and not only an anti-fetal-personhood view.

Trent Horn is the Coordinator of Respect Life Leadership Support at the Diocese of Pheonix. To learn more about Trent, visit DiocesePheonix.org. Watch other Life Report episodes with him at http://prolifepodcast.net/tag/trent-horn.

More Life Report episodes responding to bodily rights arguments can be found here: http://prolifepodcast.net/tag/bodily-rights

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Notre Dame law student and former Life Report guest John Gerardi joins Josh Brahm and Jonathan Keller in the studio to discuss the Supreme Court's "Obamacare" decision. Josh opens the show by focusing on how this legislation promotes abortion and tramples on religious liberty. This includes a brief explanation of why "ella" should definitively be considered an abortifacient, and not merely a contraceptive. Josh also discourages people from making baseless claims about Chief Justice Roberts' intelligence or intentions.

Afterwards, John Gerardi gives a careful analysis of the decision, including what constitutional issues were examined.  The show ends with a discussion of what pro-lifers can do to fix things.

Note from Josh: After this episode finished shooting, we stayed on the air for over an hour continuing the discussion and responding to questions from our live stream audience. We will be releasing that footage in sections over the next week or two, so keep checking ProLifePodcast.net for regular updates, or subscribe to our RSS feed.

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Listen to WGSO talk show host Jeff Crouere interview Josh Brahm, asking the following questions:

  1. You believe that if they communicate the pro-life position properly, that any pro-life person can go toe-to-toe with any pro-choice advocate, is that right?
  2. Don't we see a reduction of abortions across the country?
  3. What is it within the pro-choice message that you can find common ground with?
  4. You still want to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, right? What would that look like on a national level?
  5. California is definitely a hostile state to pro-life causes. Does it help that there's such a large influx of Latino people who are often Catholic, and thus, pro-life?
  6. Won't ultrasounds have a dramatic impact on this issue?
  7. Is adoption an area where both pro-life and pro-choice people can find common ground?
  8. Do you think abortion-minded women realize that there are couples available to adopt their baby?

Callers:

  1. "I think it's horrible that the government is using abortion as a political way to control people."
  2. "I don't think we should try to find common ground with someone who thinks it's okay to kill a baby!"
  3. "The abortion rate is going down because RU-486 isn't being counted."
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Josh Brahm interviews local student Jillian and her mom. After interviewing Josh and Kyle, Jillian wrote a paper and gave a pro-life speech to her entire class, and got very positive feedback from her teacher as well as her fellow students. Even more impressive: Jillian is just 14-years-old. Listen to her story here.

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Former Life Report co-host Carrie Guy was beloved by many fans. She brought something different to the show, as a youth pastor and a post-abortive pastors kid. 

She had to leave the show last year when she had baby, but she's come back for a special episode to share her story that includes having an abortion as a teen, her recovery process later, and ultimately helping other post-abortive women. 

Carrie also talks about how the modern church is doing responding to the abortion issue as well as tips for talking to pregnant women who are considering abortion. 

Learn more about Carrie and invite her to speak to your group at

http://www.CarrieGuy.com

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Josh Brahm responds to listener mail from a fan who's veterinarian co-worker thinks life begins at birth.

Got a question for Josh? Email it to Josh@ProLifePodcast.net.

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Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action League and Matt Yonke, PLAL Communications Director join Josh via Google+ to discuss the HHS mandate and what pro-lifers can do to stand up for religious freedom via public rallies on June 8th.

Topics covered:

- What is the HHS mandate?

- Why should Christians be concerned about it?

- Is this issue about religious liberty or contraception access?

- Exactly how does the HHS Mandate violate the First Amendment?

- What's being done to fight the HHS Mandate, and where does public protest fit in?

- What were the results of the Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally on March 23rd?

- Why hold another Stand Up Rally on June 8th?

- What is the next step if the Supreme Court rules against us on "Obamacare?"

Related Links:

- Look up the nearest rally near you:

http://StandUpForReligiousFreedom.com

- Learn more about Eric and Matt's work at the Pro-Life Action League:

http://ProLifeAction.org

- Read the full letter from Notre Dame's president to his staff about the lawsuit against "Obamacare:"

http://goo.gl/sDUAM

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Scott Klusendorf is a travelling pro-life speaker who interacts with all the big advocacy groups, as well as Pregnancy Care Centers. He has a unique perspective about the position pro-life advocates are in to make their case right now in history, as well as some observations about Right to Life of Central California that he requested to share in a special Life Report episode.

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Josh Brahm retracts his argument in a recent Life Report episode that Ray Comfort begged the question during his 180 interviews.

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There are some Christians and even pastors who believe the Bible's silence on abortion means that we should not speak up about the issue. Scott Klusendorf from Life Training Institute deals a devastating blow to this argument.

Topics covered:

- Should pro-lifers defend their view with Psalm 139, Jeremiah 1:5 and others like it?

- A better biblical argument for the pro-life position;

- Responding to the argument that biblically speaking, life begins at "first breath;"

- Responding to the Mosaic law about fighting men that accidentally cause a premature delivery;

- Responding to that weird passage in Numbers 5 with a priest giving a suspected pregnant adulteress a potion that may result in an abortion;

- Responding to the argument that God is the "greatest aborter of history" because so many unborn children die in miscarriages;

- The inherent exegetical danger of modern Christians using directives from Mosaic law or the Old Covenant.

- Evaluating Mark Driscoll's statement that 2nd-trimester John the Baptist leaping in the womb in response to 1st-trimester Jesus is a great biblical argument for the personhood of the unborn child.

For more Scott Klusendorf, check out his website:

http://ProLifeTraining.com

Watch or download the Mark Driscoll sermon Josh referred to here:

http://marshill.com/media/luke/mary-elizabeth

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Josh facilitates a discussion with Life Training Institute's Scott Klusendorf and RLCC's Jonathan Keller on pro-life voting principles.

Topics discussed include:

- the current political reality the pro-life movement is in; 
- the different nuances to voting for someone in the Senate, House, and Executive branches;
- voting for third-party candidates;
- the meaning of the word "pragmatic;"
- are all "social justice" issues equivalent?

For more Scott Klusendorf, check out his website:
http://ProLifeTraining.com

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Josh, Liz and Andrew begin a two-episode discussion of the popular pro-life documentary, "180," by Ray Comfort and Living Waters Publications. The Life Report team discuss both what they liked about the movie, and then they debate the things they didn’t like. Topics covered in part two include whether or not Ray Comfort begged the question during his interviews and how pro-lifers should use this movie
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Josh, Liz and Andrew begin a two-episode discussion of the popular pro-life documentary, "180," by Ray Comfort and Living Waters Publications. The Life Report team discuss both what they liked about the movie, and then they debate the things they didn’t like. Topics covered in part one include the value of taking more time with people and allowing them to "put the puzzle together themselves," and whether or not 180 should be considered a "training film" for pro-life people.
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Josh believes that some church leaders are silent about abortion because of ignorance, fear or apathy. Pastor Jim Franklin, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Fresno and Father Larry Toschi from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield offer practical advice to pro-life congregants who want to communicate with their church leader about abortion. They close by offering practical advice to pastors on what they can and should do to be a pro-life pastor. (It’s not as much as you might think!)
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Pastor Jim Franklin, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Fresno and Father Larry Toschi from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield join Josh in the studio to talk about the HHS mandate forcing religious institutions to pay for sterilizations, contraception and the abortifacient drug, "ella."
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A Catholic film studio called Spirit Juice Studios released a short pro-life film called "To Be Born" last June. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it for free at ToBeBorn.com, or click the embedded video below. I had the opportunity to interview Ray Kaczmark, the director of "To Be Born," to ask him some questions about the movie.
Direct download: JoshBrahmInterviewsProducerOfToBeBorn.mp3
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Assemblywoman Dr. Linda Halderman comes to the studio to discuss a California Senate Bill that would allow non-doctors to perform surgical abortions. Dr. Halderman is a surgeon who can speak with expertise on the problems with the abortion training non-doctors across California have been given for over a year.
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Josh, Liz and Andrew have been talking to pro-choice people for years, and every once in a while, they’ve come across some very unique arguments. We discuss how pro-lifers should respond when they come across arguments like these: "How do you know you’re human?" "If I have a tie, and giving you this tie will save your life, I still don’t have any obligation to give you this tie." "Personhood begins when you can visually determine the baby’s gender on an ultrasound." "Abortion is okay because the unborn will be reincarnated into a family that will love them." Correction from Josh: At 14:30 I said that in some states you not only have a moral obligation to dial 911 if you see a mugging going on in the distance, but also a legal obligation. I have not yet finished my research on this subject, but since recording this episode last year, my opinion has changed and I am no longer convinced that there are any state laws that requires anyone to dial 911 in this situation. Whether these laws should exist is another debate. Judith Jarvis Thompson does argue in her famous essay that everyone is morally obligated to do this. It would be the act of a "minimally good Samaritan."
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During a recent episode of Life Report, Liz and Andrew became concerned by Josh’s statement that he has "pro-choice friends." Steve Wagner joins the show via Skype to talk about whether pro-life people should have pro-choice friends. What about people that say they’re "pro-life" but in action are effectively pro-choice?
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We’ve interviewed Steven Ertelt from LifeNews.com before, but this time Steven came into the studio to discuss the state of the pro-life movement in 2012, personhood bills, and voting principles. Ertelt also gives us an exclusive on a very significant change in Steven’s personal life.
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Josh has been doing research and making calls to experts about the front page Chicago Tribune story that there are thousands of unreported abortions in Illinois. After explaining what’s going on, Josh has some questions for pro-choice people to consider, as well as a warning to pro-lifers about how NOT to use this story.
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This is the recording of a sermon Josh preached on January 22, 2012 at Free Grace Church in Clovis. After presenting three questions that Christians can answer to bring moral and theological clarity to the abortion issue, Josh takes a hard look at the main reasons that many Christians remain silent on the abortion issue, and how a proper understanding of the Gospel resolves all three of them. Josh closes with the three things that every Christians should do MINIMALLY about abortion.
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Many people donate money to the American Cancer Society through their annual Relay for Life events. But the ACS funnels some of that money to killing human embryos for stem cell research. Should this fact cause pro-life people to donate to alternative cancer organizations? Josh thinks so, but Liz and Andrew disagree. Watch the biggest internal debate from Life Report season one.
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Topic 1: Satirical Pro-Life Video Depicts Scarlett Johansson in KKK Robe for Promoting Planned Parenthood The Life Report team discusses this question: assuming for sake of argument that PP is in fact a racist organization, is it wise for pro-lifers to make satirical videos like this? Why or why not? Topic 2: Donald Trump’s Pro-Life Views are Grounded in Irrelevance The Life Report team explains why this has got to be the worst attempt ever at grounding the view that abortion should be legal. We close by explaining how YOU could use stories like this to start conversations on abortion with pro-abortion-choice people.
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Listener Mail: 1: "Should we use a different word than ‘abortion,’ because that word can also refer to a natural miscarriage?" 2: "One of my friends at school is planning on becoming an embryonic stem cell research scientist. Is there a unique way you would discuss the issue of life with an abortionist or a stem cell researcher?" Includes a discussion on whether you should ever end a friendship with a pro-choice person or stem cell scientist. For more information on stem cell research, visit StemCellAnswers.org
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Trent Horn, Director of Youth Outreach with Project Defending Life joins the show via phone to discuss whether emotionally appealing arguments are automatically fallacious. Josh and Trent have both recently been countered by debaters who immediately object whenever they make an argument that pulls on peoples heartstrings. Certainly some appeals to emotion are fallacious, but are all of them? What are common fallacious appeals to emotion that pro-lifers and pro-choicers make while debating abortion?
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Jay Watts from Life Training Institute join the Life Report team via Skype for a round table discussion on whether modern day Planned Parenthood is actually a racist organization. Jay offers a brief biography on Margaret Sanger and the two most significant events in her life. In response to the question of whether Sanger was racist, Jay responds that "racist" is too limiting a term for her. Also discussed are the stats that seem to implicate Planned Parenthood in targeting minorities, as well as the location of some of their clinics in minority neighborhoods, and the Live Action Racism Project. Finally Josh offers an alternative explanation for the higher abortion rate in the black community and the location of some Planned Parenthood clinics in minority neighborhoods.
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The pro-life community has been buzzing for a week now about the "180" documentary. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it for free at 180Movie.com. I had the opportunity to interview Ray Comfort, the author and filmmaker behind "180," to ask him some questions about the movie. Questions: 1: Ray, how did you come up with the idea for "180?" 2: Was the hidden camera footage legal? 3: What are you hoping to accomplish with the film? 4: Now you often compare abortion to the Holocaust and a lot of pro-lifers do this. Ray, tell me how you respond to people like Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who doesn’t believe that abortion and Holocaust are comparable? 5: What percentage of people interviewed, not just shown on the movie but interviewed, changed their minds on abortion? 6: You know I do a lot of work with Justice For All and we go out and we train pro-life people to dialogue with pro-choice people about abortion in the most effective ways possible. Would you encourage other pro-life advocates to use hypothetical situations the way that you did when talking to pro-choice people? 7: Your video showed graphic images of the Holocaust. What do you think about the need for pro-lifers to show graphic images of aborted children and how effective do you think they are? 8: A lot of Christian ministries avoid talking about abortion because it is a controversial issue. Based on your experience, do you find that it has been effective to get people to talk about their beliefs? 9: The first 20 minutes of your movie got a really good review from a pro-life non-theist on the secular pro-life blog. But that person was disappointed in the evangelism, last part of your movie. What do you think of non-Christian participation in the pro-life movement? 10: How can pro-life people get involved?
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Josh starts the show with a quick rant about annoying people who nitpick other people’s language that aren't "pro-life" enough. As you can guess, this happened to him recently. Afterwards the Life Report team discusses something Justice For All Director David Lee said during Josh’s interview with him. David said that "everybody is a little bit pro-choice." Is this true? Do pro-life people REALLY believe that unborn children are full persons? Do they act like they believe that? Lastly, the Life Report responds to a pro-choice argument Josh had never heard before: "abortion is just a medical treatment for unwanted pregnancy, and medical treatments should be legal."
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Josh & Liz respond to questions from the audience. Caller: 1: "Are you pro-life activists because of your belief in God, or because of something else?" Listener Mail: 1: "I think pro-choice bodily rights arguments are all strawmen arguments." 2: "How would you respond to a consistent death ethic, where the person responds that it would even be okay to kill toddlers for that reason?"
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Special guests Steve Wagner and Becca Haschke from Justice For All join Josh for a discussion on how pro-lifers can best interact with post-abortive people. We don’t want to make them feel unnecessarily guilty, but we also don’t want to overcompensate and act as if abortion is no big deal.
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This is the first of a series of recorded conversations between Josh Brahm and abortion advocates we're going to publish exclusively on this website. It's not an attempt to make pro-choice people look dumb, but an attempt to understand them better, as well as let you hear the arguments and methods we talk about on Life Report used in real time, with real people. Primary Dialogue Topics: 1: Summary of Crystal and Josh's positions on abortion 2: Are the unborn constructed or developed? 3: Is the current capacity for conscious thought necessary for personhood? 4: Is the zygote comparable to bodily cells? 5: What about rape?
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Special guests Steve Wagner and Becca Haschke from Justice For All join Josh for a discussion on how to respond to "impossible" pro-choice people.
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Josh Brahm interviews Jen Roth, a pro-life philosopher who’s also an atheist and co-founder of All Our Lives. Jen explains how she communicates and defends her pro-life position. Jen also responded to questions from both pro-life and pro-choice live listeners, and closes the show by asking Josh how he grounds his view that humans are valuable. Josh’s Questions for Jen: 1: How would you communicate your pro-life position? 2: How do you respond when a pro-choice person says the unborn are not persons as you and I are? 3: Do you distinguish between humans and all other animals? 4: How would you respond to someone who bites the bullet and concedes that newborns are not valuable people? 5: What about rape? 6: Assuming the unborn are valuable people, how do you respond to the objection that making abortion illegal would you would be violating womens’ bodily autonomy, or bodily integrity? 7: By basic needs, do you mean universal or something else? 8: As an atheist, would the argument that the uterus is designed for pregnancy hold weight? 9: How would you respond if a pro-choicer moves from bodily rights to rape? Does parental responsibility hold up in that case? 10: Some say that not allowing abortions is inherently discriminatory because she could not walk away from the pregnancy in the same way a jerky man could. What do you say to that? 11: And what do you think of the counter that a law prohibiting abortion would not be inherently discriminatory unless it stated that only women could not have abortions (as men could, theoretically, one day become pregnant despite the extreme risk of danger)? 12: Would you consider yourself a moral relativist? 13: How would you respond to the pro-choicer who thinks that we should be able to abort babies that have physical or mental defects? 14: How do you think the way you ground your pro-life argument differs from pro-life theists? Questions from Live Listeners: 1: Would the thought that birth gives us full human rights not be consistent? 2: Even if we concede there is an intrusion going on in the woman’s body, in the case of rape, to remain pregnant against her will, the intrusion against the child’s body in the case of abortion outweighs the intrusion in the case of rape. Is that a good pro-life argument or a bad one? 3: As an atheist, what do you believe makes humans so valuable that all humans, even the unborn, should be protected? 4: As an atheist, from a pro-choicer who believes abortion is permissible from a moral relativist position, how would you answer that objection and say that abortion is never morally permissible?
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Josh describes an abortion debate he's having online with someone, who's using philosopher Eileen McDonagh's argument that the fetus is comparable to a rapist, implanting itself in the mother's body without consent, and that the mother has the right to refuse consent and repel the fetus like she would a rapist. How should pro-lifers respond to this fringe version of the bodily rights argument?
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Includes caller questions and listener mail on heading off relativism at the start of a conversation, responding to pro-choice questions and Josh takes back something he said in an earlier podcast about ineffective biblical arguments!
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1: How Josh's pro-life story started 2: How pro-lifers should use social networking (and how they shouldn't) 3: How can we activate pastors that are afraid of preaching clearly on abortion? 4: How did Life Report get started? 5: Is the pro-life battle a winnable war?
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The Life Report team brings back a classic Life Report topic: pro-life bumper stickers. It quickly becomes a debate between Josh and Andrew on what the purpose of a pro-life bumper sticker should be, while Liz, as usual, mediates. Listener Competition: Create your own pro-life bumper sticker and email it to Josh. It can't be based on a bumper stick or slogan already in use. We'll vote on the best bumper sticker in a future episode and the winner will receive a $50 Best Buy gift card!
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Guest Co-Host: Christina Dunigan, Pro-Life Researcher/Blogger http://realchoice.blogspot.com/ Caller 1: Isn't claiming that the aborting of disabled babies will shut down the Special Olympics a bad pro-life argument? 2: It seems like our government is turning a blind eye to abortion facilities with low health standard. Do you feel there will ever be a time when our government will take action on this issue? 3: I think it's a good idea to try to understand the motivations of pro-choice politicians. Listener Mail: Antonio from Portugal writes to us with some shocking excerpts about abortion from a sexuality textbook in Spain.
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Live Action President Lila Rose and Media Director David Schmidt join Josh to discuss their latest project, IStandWithIndiana.org. They explain why Indiana is the "ground zero" of the abortion battle right now, discuss their project and Planned Parenthood’s reaction to it. They then respond to listener comments & questions, from both pro-lifers and pro-choicers.
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Note from Josh: Open Line runs through Skype, and Skype was apparently working very poorly the night we recorded this. Thus, the audio is pretty skippy. You can still follow what we’re saying, but it’s not nearly the same quality you’re used to from Life Report. If you’re willing to be patient with that, I think the content of this show will be helpful to you. From now on, we’ll run a backup recording off our mixer so that if Skype acts stupid again, we can replace the audio straight from our board. Caller Questions: 1: "How would you respond to this pro-choice argument: ‘DNA is like computer code, and many fetuses die before birth because their computer code malfunctions, so we really can’t know if a fetus is human until it’s born.’" 2: "I think the popular pro-life quote, ‘abortion has killed one-fourth of our generation’ is both a false statistic and a poor argument." Listener Mail Questions: 1: "Technically, ‘abortion’ is the termination of a pregnancy following, accompanied by, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus. Because a) this can apply to miscarriages and b) it’s the killing of the child, not the ending of the pregnancy, that we oppose, do you think it would behoove us to use a different word?" 2: "My friend wants to become an embryonic stem cell researcher. Is there any unique way you would discuss the issue of life with an abortion doctor or an embryonic stem cell researcher?" 3: "I was wondering, why some people would oppose reproductive cloning but not therapeutic/research cloning? It seems the one that doesn’t kill people would be preferred."
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The Life Report team responds to the concern that by exposing poor pro-life arguments, we are helping pro-choice people win debates with pro-lifers who use those arguments. Are we inadvertently equipping "the enemy?"
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Guest Co-Host: Pro-Life Pastor Kristopher Mobbs. Includes listener questions on legislating morality, pro-life warning labels, the burning IVF lab scenario, and a pro-choice listener calls in to ask about whether women might be unjustly prosecuted for miscarriages if abortion becomes illegal.
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The Life Report team responds to an email from a future Canadian pro-life apologist, who received an email from a post-abortive woman on Facebook who was offended by the pro-life stories he was posting. Topics covered: How to "know your audience" on Facebook Tips for effective pro-life dialogue online Customizing your pro-life Facebook posts so that your post-abortive or pro-choice friends won’t see them
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Josh presents this question for the panel: "In one-on-one abortion dialogue situations, should pro-lifers help pro-choicers make better arguments?" This is easily one of the most controversial topics we've ever debated. Comment below and give us your thoughts! Wondering why Andrew is in Kyle's old chair? We discussed this at the beginning of our first Open Line show.
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Special guest Jason Jones is back for a second episode! Questions for Jason: 1: How does "Whole Life" take a unique approach to pro-life activism? 2: What does Jason mean that the pro-life movement needs to change Hollywood, and how can we do it? 3: How can pro-lifers change the culture through art? 4: What activities can pro-life clubs on college campuses do that will change their culture?
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Jason Jones, producer at Metanoia Films, which includes "Bella," comes to the studio to take on the Life Report Questionnaire. Check back next week to see part 2 of Jason's interview, where we discuss how pro-lifers can use art to create a culture of life.
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Questions from Live Listeners: 1: "Would [using the word genocide] derail the conversation from abortion, and would you spend an unnecessary amount of time defending yourself?" 2: "Is there a statistical link showing an increase in attempted suicides by post-abortive women?"
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It’s the tenth part of our popular "Responding to Pro-Life Lies Video" series. The video lists 55 "pro-life lies" she’s heard, and in this series, we’re responding to them all! (And pro-lifers are often surprised by our stance on some of these!) Here are the 4 "pro-life lies" we respond to in this episode: 1: "Teens who give birth are giving the gift of life." 2: "Pregnancy builds character." 3: "Abortion is worse than the Holocaust." 4: "Abortion is worse than slavery."
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It’s Life Report’s first lightning round episode! We’re reviewing our popular "Responding to Pro-Life Lies Video" series, which we are most of the way through, but that was before the TV show started. To review, Josh picks 11 of the 36 "pro-life lies" that we’ve already discussed on the show. To catch up on this series, visit http://prolifepodcast.net/category/pro-life-lies-video. Here are the 16 statements we quickly respond to in this episode: "Partial birth abortion is cruel." "The Bible says abortion is wrong." "Planned Parenthood is racist." "Abstinence-only education will prevent abortion." "A third of our generation is missing." "Fetuses can breathe." "A woman is someone who can give birth." "Women who abort are sluts." "All women regret abortion." "Women who abort don’t use birth control." "No one would consider abortion after having children." "Women are meant to have babies." "The heart beats, therefore it is wrong to kill it." "An aborted child could have cured cancer." "Back-alley abortions are a myth." "Abortion is malicious."
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The Life Report team discusses the new website, ThanksAbortion.com, as well as their controversial t-shirts. Afterwards, Josh shares a story of walking up to some pro-life activists at Fresno City College and pretending to be pro-choice. Learn what common mistake the activists made while debating Josh. Listener Mail: 1: British listener on why this podcast has been helpful to him, and the status of abortion rights in the UK. 2: How do you do pro-life work without getting down in the dumps?
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Our fans have asked for more "war stories" from our dialogues with pro-choice people. Josh brings a story of a conversation with a staunch abortion supporter. He talks about several mistakes he made, and also what unusual tactics Josh used that lead to the woman becoming changing her mind!
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The show starts with Kyle confessing to an addiction to a massive online multiplayer Lord of the Rings game. Hilarity ensues. We get the chance to correct faulty logic from both sides of the abortion debate in this episode. We go from pro-life YouTube commenters stating that a CGI animation of fetal development is "proof that life begins at conception" to Planned Parenthood volunteers declaring war on science in a public debate.
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Liz starts the show expressing her concern that we came across too harsh against the pro-life sidewalk counselors in the last episode. After clarifying our feelings about that, we transition to the question of how pro-lifers should respond to severe fetal deformity. Pro-choicers point to children that will die within hours of birth as a case that proves abortion should be available. What are the most effective ways to respond? We answer that in this show, which is also the most emotional show we’ve ever recorded.
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I’ve done a lot of radio interviews, but I don’t enjoy any of them as much as I enjoy the never-ending banter between myself and Ken Adams at KRDU. I posted an MP3 of an interview with Ken last year, and it was the 5th most popular MP3 of the year. What’s different this year? Neither Ken or myself held back! Topics include: 1. Why I started the podcast 2. Faulty pro-life arguments 3. Does my show ever offend pro-lifers? 4. Does it bothers me when it does? 5. What does it mean practically to be an ambassador for Christ? 6. How did we make the transition to broadcast television? 7. How can religious TV broadcasting become more youth friendly? 8. How can we sum up the pro-life position in 10 seconds? 9. Should we use Bible verses during conversations with atheists about abortion and stem cell research? 10. How did turning the podcast into a TV series change the show?
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The Life Report team responds to a viral video of an aborting dad confronting two pro-life protestors outside of an abortion facility.
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We start by introducing the new show as well as Andrew, our new co-host, who is replacing Kyle. Caller #1: Parental notification absurdity. Caller #2: "What do you think about the strategy of passing state personhood amendments?" We close by discussing Josh's viral article, warning pro-lifers to stay on topic when debating the morality of abortion.
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David Lee from Justice For All takes on the Life Report Questionnaire. Highlight: David’s answer after I asked him what to say to pro-lifers that think using Stand to Reason’s "Ambassador for Christ" model is playing it too nice with pro-choicers...
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Josh welcomes their new KNXT audience and briefly introduces the show and cast. Afterwards, the Life Report team discusses a Sun Magazine article about a British woman who had 4 abortions in 3 years. A critical analysis is also made of the pro-life and pro-choice response to the article. We close by explaining how YOU can use this story in dialogues with pro-choice people.
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Trent Horn from Justice For All join us to answer the question, "are the unborn organisms?" Trent answers the questions: - What differentiates a living human embryo from other living human tissue like cancer cells? - How do you respond when someone says "an organism must be a separate, independent entity?" - A new pro-choice argument is that an organism must be able to direct its own growth, but an embryo requires the mother's RNA to do this. How do you respond? Pro-life advocates would be wise to learn how to respond to these questions, as they are coming up more and more often. Listener Mail: "Why do you think the area of in vitro fertilization is so often ignored by the pro-life movement? What should pro-lifers be doing about IVF, and why?"
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Trent Horn sits in for Kyle, joining Josh and Liz in a discussion about whether pro-lifers should encourage censorship of pro-choice activities.
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Trent Horn from Justice For All is in studio to conclude our discussion about the ultimate pro-choice argument: bodily rights. In this episode, Trent refutes the "right to refuse" argument, and then exposes several poor arguments pro-lifers sometimes make attempting to refute "right to refuse." We close by responding to some listener mail on the topic of bodily rights arguments.
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This was our second attempt at sticking to a strict time format where the closing music came on automatically and we had to wrap up before the voice over comes on. Listen to what REALLY happened when we nailed the ending perfectly.
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Trent Horn from Justice For All is in studio the next two episodes to discuss the ultimate pro-choice argument: bodily rights. Trent has spent the last year creating new ways for pro-lifers to understand and approach this argument. In today’s episode, Trent helps us understand the two types of bodily rights arguments, and refutes the first and most common version.
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Josh starts the show by talking about a poor philosophical argument against abortion that hasn't been covered on Life Report before: "abortion is wrong because it hurts the economy." Listener Mail: 1. "Would it be legal to do in vitro fertilization, but ask for only male embryos to be implanted?" 2. "I commented on a pro-choice video on YouTube, but I think I came off kind of jerky. Can you tell me what I could have done better?"
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PG-13 WARNING: While female genital mutilation is never described in this episode, the concept in general is very difficult, and we would recommend parental discretion if young children are around. In this episode, Josh shares a recent debate about U.S. policy on female genital mutilation, and how this story can be used by pro-lifers when discussing back-alley abortions. This may turn out to be one of the strongest pro-life arguments against the view that abortion should be kept legal to protect women from more dangerous abortions. But you’ll have to watch or listen to the show to learn how YOU can use this in abortion dialogues. (Thanks to Justice For All’s Trent Horn for alerting Josh to this argument.) Listener Mail: "Say, I’ve been using the S.L.E.D. argument in a few debates. However, some people will just bite the bullet and say that the mentally handicapped and Alzheimer’s patients are non-persons, or that there is no difference between killing and eating babies versus pigs. No matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to show them how repugnant this is."
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Josh recounts posting a comment responding to a fringe pro-abortion-choice blog called "The Abortion Gang." They were asking why pro-lifers are so excited about the most recent opinion polls stating that more than 50% of Americans identify themselves as "pro-life," when a lot of those people would still keep some abortions legal, like for rape and incest. Listen for my response to them. What would you have said? Listener Mail: 1: I keep hearing on the archives references on the ads for the pro-life summer camps to "pro-life games." What is a pro-life game? 2: Did you know that 43% of Democrats agree that "abortion kills a human being and is manslaughter?"
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A huge buzz was created in the pro-life community this Summer over the Ichthus Christian Music Festival censoring a pro-life booth run by Bryan Kemper and Stand True Ministries. Now find out what REALLY happened at the Ichthus music festival. Bryan Kemper has given Josh special permission to talk about some of the worst parts of this story that have not been published before. The Life Report team will also give you tips on how to share your concerns with the Ichthus Music Festival leadership in a way that will most likely get results.
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One of the most important aspects of this show is analyzing how to have effect dialogues with people about abortion. In today's show, the Life Report team examine the mistake Josh makes most often when talking about abortion. Ironically, Liz makes the opposite mistake. Both are examined and tips are offered for those struggling with the same mistakes as Josh and Liz. But you have to watch the show to find out what those mistakes are...
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The Life Report team celebrates their 100th episode by briefly looking back at starting the show, and Josh admits he didn't think they'd last this long. For something different, Josh makes Liz, Kyle and Carrie compete in a pro-life quiz. Play along at home, and see if you can beat them!
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Alan Shlemon from Stand to Reason takes on the Life Report Questionnaire. Highlight: In response to question #7, Alan offers some very helpful thoughts on responding to assisted suicide, noting that "compassion" means suffering WITH a person, not killing them.
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Listener Mail: how many abortionists have been murdered in the U.S. since Roe v Wade; message from a new pro-choice fan; auditing pro-choice slogan: "if you can't trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child;" Josh is challenged on the CatholicVote.org debate from last year.
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We wrap up our two-episode analysis of the recent ultrasound discussion on "The View." Watch full video at http://YouTube.com/LifeReport.
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It's funnier if you listen to the interview first.
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Joshua Pedrick, Catherine Wurts and Jacob Burow with Justice For All in studio! Also one of the funniest episodes we've ever recorded, ever.
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Jon Wagner and Maureen McKinley from Justice For All discuss why they chose dialogue work versus other types of pro-life work, and their biggest pet-peeves about pro-life AND pro-choice advocates.
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On a recent episode of "The View," the hosts discussed a new ultrasound bill in Oklahoma. In the next two episodes of Life Report, we respond to some of the arguments made, so that you'll know what to say if you hear somebody else make these arguments in the future. You can watch the full video of us taping this episode at http://blog.prolifepodcast.net/2010/06/22/97-did-they-just-say-that-the-view-discusses-new-ultrasound-bill-part-2.aspx
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Listener Mail Questions: "Can you discuss the facts surrounding abortion-related violence? What do you think of the AbortionViolence.com website?" 2: "How should we react when the other side calls the fetus a "parasite," and do you think this is a more common pro-choice argument lately?" 3: "The argument that pro-lifers are anti-women is based on anti-feminist principles!"
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Highlight: In response to the question, "how should pro-lifers interact with those who are pro-abortion-choice," Walter brings in his personal experiences outside the abortion facility in his answer.
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Josh tries to keep everyone focused as he leads a brief show meeting about the future plans of Life Report becoming a TV show. He coaches the team in not going on tangents and how to handle the new 28 minute format. This is only interesting if you're a die hard fan and want to get a peek behind the curtains of our show.
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This was our first attempt at sticking to a strict time format where the closing music came on automatically and we had to wrap up before the voice over comes on. Listen to what REALLY happened when we nailed the ending perfectly.
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In the main body of today's episode, Josh shares a story about a conversation he had with a stranger about abortion, and asks the question, did he handle the situation correctly, or should he have pushed the issue further? We discuss the topic of, "how can pro-lifers talk about this issue with strangers without being weird?" Also, "what are some nonverbal cues for people to watch out for when they're talking with someone?" Before the story, Josh plays some "foley" sound effects he recently recorded with a family. You can watch a behind the scenes video of the making of these sounds here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G5lIk9WeYI
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Kyle talks about the effectiveness of post-abortive women reaching out on campus. More deleted scenes at http://prolifepodcast.net/deletedscenes/index.html.
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Listen to what really happened after the episode was over! Liz goes after Kyle for not backing her up in the debate. Kyle finds out what happens when you don't side with your fiancee. :D More BTS moments at http://prolifepodcast.net/bts/index.html.
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Kyle tells another story from campus about defusing situations, and understanding how to handle administrations that infringe upon constitutional rights. After the break, Josh shares a story and discusses effective vs. ineffective biblical arguments against abortion. The controversial question comes up: "Are Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139 effective verses to make a biblical against abortion? If not, what would be more effective passages?" Finally we again have some disagreement on the show over the value of using certain passages, so don't miss the Great Theological Debate!
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Topics you'll hear us talk about: - Defusing situations - Communicating graciously - How to follow on the feet of a more ‘abrasive’ situation. (Working as a team to meet people where they are and build common ground even when on hostile ground) - Triage, and how that relates to "life of the mother" circumstances - Finding common ground - Responding to religious pluralism ("all paths lead to the same God") - Responding to hardcore moral relativism
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You can probably tell that we have a lot of fun with each other while recording these shows. Often times, the most fun we have is while we're NOT recording. More BTS moments at http://prolifepodcast.net/bts/index.html
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After an exciting announcement about a few of our co-hosts, we get into a discussion about the health care bill. A lot of wonderful pro-lifer advocates have already been talking about what's in the bill, and how pro-lifers should respond to it, and we link to some of the best below. So instead of doing the same thing, I decided to have a side discussion I haven't heard other people talking about: how can we effectively talk about this bill without coming across to some as jerks who don't care about uninsured people?
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Josh Brahm was recently interviewed by Immaculate Heart Radio's "Gift of Life" program. The show has an estimated audience of one million listeners, and the topics included, "why did you start a podcast in the first place;" "what topics do you often speak on;" "what do you think about Planned Parenthood;" and "why are churches not more involved in ending abortion?"
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Before answering the Life Report Questionnaire, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life offers his thoughts on the most effective ways to do sidewalk counseling. Highlight: David provides a very thoughtful response to Josh's question about the pros and cons of using graphic visuals outside of abortion facilities.
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Walter Hoye joins Josh in the studio to discuss his story from last year, when he was arrested for sidewalk counseling in front of an Oakland abortion facility. After the break, Walter responds to questions sent in from Life Report fans!
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Topics: - Steve's book, "Common Ground Without Compromise;" - The difficulties of dialoguing with people online; - Why we shouldn't use the terms "biogenesis" and "brainwaves" anymore; - Why it takes so much time and effort to communicate well with those that are different from us; - Steve's thoughts on the personhood versus incrementalism debate, how BOTH sides have sophisticated arguments, and how they should treat each other.
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From today's Link of the Week recording session.
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Josh, Kyle and Jon conclude their discussion of the infamous Superbowl ad. Was it "pro-life enough," or was it masterfully innocent? After the break, they talk about pro-life voting guidelines, particularly as it relates to the controversial election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, a pro-abortion-choice Republican.
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After giving Josh a hard time for not coming on his station often enough, Ken Adams asks Josh about the podcast, as well as the murder of Dr. Tiller, the use of "new media" in the pro-life movement, faulty pro-life arguments, how to have effective dialogues with pro-abortion-choice people, and Fresno Right to Life's upcoming Walkathon fundraiser.
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It's a testosterone-packed podcast with Josh, Kyle and Jon discussing the whole Superbowl Ad controversy! Just HOW insane was the reaction of the National Organization of Women on this one? Did the Tim Tebow ad venture into the problems Josh had with the "Imagine the Potential" CatholicVote ads from his infamous debate with Jon last year? These questions are definitively answered in this episode.
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Josh starts the show by telling one of the most important news stories of 2009 for pro-lifers to be aware of. After the break, we respond to some listener mail in response to a recent discussion on pro-life voting guidelines.
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I've always loved the bloopers compilations on DVD's, so I figured, why not do the same thing for a radio show? If you enjoy the fact that we don't always sound intelligent in the making of our show, then you're going to love this. To listen to more bloopers, go to http://prolifepodcast.net/bloopers/index.html.
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Josh, Liz and Carrie respond to listener emails and a voicemail in one of the funniest episodes we've recorded in months!
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