I have a great pro-choice friend who is both a careful thinker and very open-minded. I think we’ve exchanged about 100 emails to each other so far, and we’re far from finished. With her permission, I want to share with you a few questions she asked me this morning, as well as my response to her. It gave me the chance to clear up a few common concerns and misconceptions that pro-life people have about my work.
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After wrapping up four Life Report episodes, Josh, Tim and Gabi hung out to cover some material they didn’t have time to get into earlier in the day. Those topics and questions for Tim include:
- You said, “Love does not insist on its own way; it does not need to have the last word in a debate.” Does that conflict with the Stand to Reason mantra of trying to leave people with a pebble in their shoe?
- A discussion of pro-life memes and why most of them are bad.
- You said, “Love is not resentful, it does not dwell on the failures of those around us. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing. It is not excited when those around us are caught in sin.” What about pro-life groups like Live Action that do undercover investigative videos catching Planned Parenthood doing bad things?
- Can you talk about how we are to love practically with those in the pro-life movement who may disagree on our political method, for example on our use of graphic images? How would you apply your piece to that?
- Which line in the 1 Cor 13 piece do you feel is the most important, or the most contrasted by the way a lot of pro-life people actually act?
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Bonus Audio: After wrapping up four Life Report episodes, Josh, Tim and Gabi hung out to cover some material they didn’t have time to get into earlier in the day. Those topics include some clarification questions about Tim’s 1 Cor 13 piece and whether it conflicts with the work of Stand to Reason and Live Action, a discussion of pro-life memes and why most of them are bad, and practical tips for loving pro-life people that we disagree with on politics, strategy or tactics.
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Megan Almon from Life Training Institute joins Josh and Gabi to discuss how pro-lifers can have productive conversations about Gosnell, as well as the common mistakes pro-lifers should avoid.
One of the most common questions we get is “how do you start non-weird conversations about abortion when you’re not on campus next to a pro-life exhibit?” One of the easier methods is to use a story that’s currently in the news. Josh thinks pro-life people can have good conversations about abortion starting with the controversy of what Gosnell did, but he doesn’t think you should stop there. He uses several specific questions to lead the conversation into talking about the abortions that are less controversial to pro-choice people: abortions done on first-trimester babies that are in the womb, aren’t viable, aren’t conscious and don’t feel pain.
After giving these questions and dialogue tips, the discussion turns to what pro-life people should NOT do when talking about Gosnell. What are the most common mistakes pro-lifers make regarding this story? Listen to the episode to find out.
Josh also briefly responds to the pro-choice argument that it’s pro-lifers fault that women went to Gosnell’s clinic in the first place.
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Last February we published two episodes with our favorite (nearly graduated) student from Notre Dame Law John Gerardi with an update on the HHS mandate lawsuits as well as answering the controversial question, “why did so many church-going Catholics vote for President Obama, again?!” After we recorded those two episodes, we spent another 20 minutes answering questions we hadn’t talked about yet, and answered a good questions sent from a listener. This is the audio from that post-episode discussion.
- “Tell me about states like Massachusetts, that are heavily Catholic and Irish but are totally in the tank for Obama.”
- “What do you think is the future for the bishops’ involvement in politics?”
- Karen: “Is it even possible that we really change our society legislatively, or do we need to concentrate on the hearts of women and men?”