Mon, 3 February 2014
Listen to Josh's speech at the Students for Life of America 2014 West Coast National Conference:
Josh responds to these four common statements:
Thu, 30 January 2014
We weren't able to cover everything I wanted to during the Life Report episode, but Dr. Poupard was gracious enough to spend some more time answering questions about this important topic.
1: How do birth control pllls and Plan B work, why do some people think that they are abortifacients and why do you think that they may not be?
2: Comment on article from Catholic Bioethics...Quarterly that cites studies indicating that Plan B is not an abortifacient and argues that the labels on Plan B may not mean anything. Is there a medical bias issue at play?
3: Question #1 from Dan: What about the studies cited in Randy Alcorn's book that breakthrough pregnancies while on oral contraceptives are more likely to be ectopic?
4: Question #2 from Dan: What is the state of the research on Progesterone-only pills like the mini pill and copper/hormonal IUD's?
Wed, 29 January 2014
We've been wanting to shoot an episode on this topic for several years, and it's finally done! It's sometimes a contentious topic among pro-life people, but it's an important one nonetheless. How should pro-life people think and talk about birth control, aside from the important religious debate about whether or not you should plan your family? Dr. Rich Poupard from Life Training Institute comes on the show to offer his expertise.
02:25 - Dr. Poupard summarizes what he's learned about the medical question of how birth control methods work.
04:55 - How does Plan B work according to the research and what does a woman's weight have to do with it's effectiveness?
08:45 - Do you think women are getting enough information about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of Plan B?
09:25 - Why the new Plan B research will probably result in MORE abortifacient use, and not less.
12:32 - Were pro-abortion-choice advocates talking about the new Plan B/weight study when it came out, or have they been hesitant to discuss it publicly?
13:26 - What's the connection between abortifacient IUD's and implantables and Obamacare?
19:17 - Knowing everything you know, how would you train pro-life advocates to talk publicly about birth control?
23:24 - What should pro-lifers talk about when discussing the public policy side of this issue? Parental involvement?
26:05 - How would you answer in 60-seconds the direct question of whether Plan B causes abortions or not?
We'll be posting bonus audio with Dr. Poupard answering more questions about birth control pills and Plan B later this week at http://ProLifePodcast.net.
Life Training Institute:
Wed, 15 January 2014
We've got an unaired episode that was never published on YouTube for technical reasons that we recently resolved. Josh Brahm and Liz Goddard interview Bobby Schindler, the Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia.
Join the discussion at http://ProLifePodcast.net/185.
00:29 Can you give us a brief overview of your sister Terri's story?
04:18 Did Michael wait 30-45 minutes after Terri's collapse before calling 911?
05:27 Can you define "persistent vegetative state" for us, and whether you believe Terri was in a persistent vegetative state?
06:53 Is there an objective definition of PVS?
08:11 Did Terri fit that medical criteria for PVS?
09:04 What progress did Terri show in the first two years of rehab before Michael took her off of rehab?
10:15 What happened to the trust fund that was earmarked for Terri's therapy?
12:25 Why do you think that Michael refused to divorce Terri after moving in with Jody Centonze?
13:02 What is it that the medical professionals believed whom Judge Greer refused to allow to testify?
14:37 Is there anyway Terri could have survived without the feeding tube?
15:26 Do you know anything about recent research to determine the extent of someones brain injury?
17:01 Do you have any how often people are starved to death who are not in a PVS state?
18:30 What is the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network doing now, six years later?
19:49 What do you believe is still the number one misconception about Terri?
21:36 What kind of legislation could be passed that would prevent Terri's situation happening again?
22:21 How will the new healthcare law impact people with situations similar to Terri's?
23:36 Would you be in favor of legislation that would sever spousal rights on the behalf of an incapacitated person in the event where there's a clear conflict of interest, such as when the spouse acting as guardian begins a new relationship?
24:47 What would you say to people who try to frame Terri's situation as a "right-to-die issue?"
26:02 So the clear distinction for you is that food and water is basic care and that ventilators and respirators are medical care that in some cases can be stopped?
Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network:
Wed, 18 December 2013
Rebecca Hashke from Justice For All joins Josh Brahm and Gabi Vehrs to discuss a question that pro-lifers often struggle with.
After offering some thoughts on how pro-lifers should respond to this question, the discussion turns to another philosophical conundrum that pro-choice people often ask about: should the fact that abortion bans would be hard to enforce mean that we shouldn't try to make abortion illegal?
Tue, 10 December 2013
Our favorite Notre Dame Law grad John Gerardi joins us again, this time to discuss the Pope's recent confusing comments about abortion.
Note from Josh: We recorded this episode in October, 2013. I'm grateful that yesterday (December 9th) Pope Francis made a clear pro-life statement to the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, a pro-life group in Rome.
Thu, 14 November 2013
Steve Wagner from Justice For All joins Josh Brahm and Gabi Vehrs to discuss what Students for Life clubs should do with their events.
Steve argues that every event should create a debate about abortion that can be turned into a dialogue.
Here's the list of typical pro-life campus club activities that Steve assesses in this episode:
1: Cupcakes For Life.
2: Poll table event - Debate2Dialogue.org for pics.
3: Bringing speakers (pro-life apologetics, post-abortion, etc.) or hosting a debate.
4: Screening movies like "It's a Girl," "180," "October Baby" and "Bella."
5: Volunteering for the local Pregnancy Resource Center.
6: Diaper drives.
7: Traveling to the March for Life.
8: Bound4Life events. (Red tape over mouth.)
Thu, 17 October 2013
Steve Wagner from Justice For All joins Josh Brahm and Gabi Vehrs for a two-episode discussion about common terms and labels used in the abortion debate.
In this episode they focus on the labels that both sides of the debate call the entity killed in an abortion: unborn, preborn, zygote, embryo, fetus, fetal human, baby and child.
Steve uses the word "unborn" at the beginning of a dialogue with a pro-choice person so as not to add an unnecessary impediment to the conversation, and to avoid begging the question.
Steve responds to the following challenges to his approach:
"Aren't we humanizing the unborn by calling her a 'child' or by using male/female pronouns?"
"What about when we're writing? Do we always need to make a case for the humanity of the unborn before we start calling her a 'baby' or using male/female pronouns?"
Thu, 10 October 2013
Steve Wagner from Justice For All joins Josh Brahm and Gabi Vehrs for a two-episode discussion about common terms and labels used in the abortion debate. In this episode they focus on the labels that both sides of the debate call each other: pro-choice, pro-abortion. pro-abort. pro-abortion-choice. pro-life. anti-abortion. anti-choice.
Steve, Josh and Gabi explain why they are willing to use the term "pro-choice" when beginning a dialogue, even though many pro-life people see that as an inaccurate "weasel word."
Steve argues that he needs to ask the person in front of him a lot of questions to accurately understand what they think about abortion, and he doesn't want to create unnecessary impediments to the dialogue by using offensive terms that he doesn't even think accurately portrays most abortion advocates.
Steve also responds to the following challenges to his approach:
"But isn't 'pro-choice' the least accurate label for the other side?"
"What about when it's just pro-life people hanging out? Should we call them 'pro-aborts' then?"
"What if the entire pro-life movement decides to use gracious language while the other side uses rhetorically powerful labels? Are we giving up too much ground? What if unborn babies die because of this approach?"
"What should I do when I see other pro-life people using terms on Facebook that I think are mean or inaccurate? Should I confront the pro-life person, or just let it go?"
Finally, Steve, Josh and Gabi discuss the terms that pro-choice people often call pro-lifers: anti-abortion and anti-choice.
In the next episode, they will discuss the terms used for the unborn. (Zygote, embryo, fetus, unborn, preborn, baby, child.)
Fri, 27 September 2013
Megan Almon from Life Training Institute joins Josh Brahm and Gabi Vehrs to discuss strawman fallacies.
Josh starts the show by stating that both pro-life and pro-choice people strawman the other side all the time, and he shares several examples.
They then discuss how people can avoid making strawman arguments. How can we intentionally listen to people and ask a LOT of clarification questions to determine what they actually believe?