How Can You Use the Gosnell Case to Change Minds on Abortion?

Opinion   |   Josh Brahm   |   May 17, 2013   |   3:02PM   |   Washington, DC

Megan Almon from Life Training Institute joins Gabi and me 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. I think pro-life people can have good conversations about abortion starting with the controversy of what Gosnell did, but I don’t think you should stop there. I use 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.

I 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.

We shot this episode a week before Gosnell was finally convicted of murder, among other things. This content is still relevant, it just means you might change the first question from “Should Dr. Gosnell be in jail,” to something like “do you think it’s a good thing that Dr. Gosnell is serving a life sentence in prison?”



Related Links:

  • Read Josh’s blog post from January 2011 that is still relevant today: “A Message to Pro-Life Advocates in Light of Gosnell’s Shop of Horrors.”
  • Read Josh’s recent article that he wrote the day after Gosnell was convicted: “Why I Hope Gosnell Doesn’t Go to Hell.”
  • Read Jay Watts’ blog post Megan referenced: “It is All About Abortion.” Note: Josh Brahm is the Director of Education at Right to Life of Central California’s Fresno/Madera office, and host of the netcast “Life Report: Pro-Life Talk | Real World Answers.” Get more of Josh’s unique perspectives on pro-life topics at and at his blog.