Thu, 18 July 2013
Josh interviews Brad Mattes, CEO of Life Issues Institute and host of the Emmy award-winning television show, "Facing Life Head-On." Check back in two weeks for the second part of this interview, where Brad answers the questions from the "Life Report Questionnaire" and more!
1:11 - How did you get involved in the pro-life movement?
2:15 - How early was Dr. Wilke publishing pro-life literature and media?
2:54 - How do you think the pro-life movement has changed in the last 40 years, especially as it relates to media?
5:04 - What have you learned about how abortion affects men?
6:45 - What resources are available at http://LifeIssues.org?
7:32 - Tell us about your TV show, "Facing Life Head-On."
9:01 - What are some of the common themes on your show?
9:37 - How do you get Emmy nominations doing pro-life work?
10:38 - What were you hoping to accomplish by going to Ethiopia?
11:57 - What happened with the Ethiopian abortion worker you spoke to?
13:20 - Can you tell our audience about the woman you met who is suffering from leprosy?
14:14 - How has your life changed since you came back?
16:09 - What was the most difficult interview you did on Facing Life Head-On?
18:33 - Do you have a few favorite episodes looking back?
19:26 - How can we overturn Roe vs. Wade?
20:38 - Looking ahead, what will be very important for the pro-life movement to do differently as we work towards overturning Roe vs. Wade?
21:52 - Is there anti-intellectualism in the pro-life movement, and if so, how do we combat that?
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Fri, 12 July 2013
I got a wonderful email from Andres in Santa Barbara who was in a dialogue about abortion and used an analogy about being hooked up to a machine in order to demonstrate that your personhood isn't based on your dependance. But the person he was talking to retorted, "Are you comparing a woman to a machine?!" Andres wants to know what I would suggest we do to avoid throwing people off when the analogies we use seem, at a surface level, to demean pregnant women.
In the video, I offer six tips for making clear analogies and responding to people who continue to misinterpret them.
1: Make sure you're communicating clearly.
2: Narrate the debate.
3: Suggest a golden rule for dialogue.
4: Explain that analogies are just that...analogies!
5: Explain that pro-choice people would be wise to not throw out all analogies.
6: Determine the right time to politely end the conversation.
Find more resources about bodily rights argument for abortion at:
Wed, 3 July 2013
Casey Vroman from Students for Life of America joins us in studio to talk about the free resources that SFLA offers to college students and now high schoolers. We believe it's important that all pro-life advocates know about these resources so that you can point students in your sphere of influence to them.
1:55 How did you get involved with Students for Life and the pro-life movement?
3:15 How would you explain what Students for Life does to somebody who hasn't heard of SFLA before?
4:22 What is SFLA's long-term goal with campus clubs?
5:35 What is SFLA doing with high school students now?
6:46 What has it been like working with high school students?
8:18 Is SFLA planning on working with junior high students in the future, and what would you say to concerned parents about that?
10:29 What are some of the initiatives you're doing on college campuses now?
13:23 What practical resources is SFLA offering to college students?
16:14 What are some common mistakes students can avoid when starting a campus club?
19:50 Should clubs embrace a "whole life" model where they're also talking about capital punishment, sex trafficking and adoption, or should they focus on talking about abortion?
23:35 Talk to us about the Wilberforce and Steven's Fellowships.
25:20 What would be your key piece of advice for a high school student who wants a career in the pro-life movement?
- Visit Students for Life's website: http://StudentsForLife.org.
- Read Scott Klusendorf's "reading list for smart pro-lifers" that Josh referenced: http://bit.ly/17RnCNS
- Visit Students for Life's career opportunities page Josh referenced: http://StudentsForLife.org/Internships