We spent years carefully testing arguments against abortion in thousands of conversations all over the country. We have learned which arguments are the most persuasive to today’s pro-choice advocates. We have learned how to communicate them in ways that they find compelling. Find out what we’ve learned in our comprehensive course.

Pro-life people know why THEY think abortion is wrong, but many don’t know what would persuade a person from a completely different background with a different set of assumptions.

Just two months after starting Equal Rights Institute, Josh and Timothy Brahm gave their first seminar together on pro-life dialogue. In order for that to be possible, they had to very quickly take their growing body of original content and combine it with the most helpful tools they had learned from other pro-life leaders. From August 2014 to August 2016 only about four hundred individuals have had the opportunity to experience ERI’s full seminar in pro-life dialogue. Until now.

The Equipped for Life Course makes it possible for any individual or group to experience ERI’s pro-life dialogue training.

Learn what the ERI staff have learned about how to make the most of an opportunity to help someone change their mind about abortion.

Moving ERI’s training online has wonderful benefits other than making it possible to train thousands of pro-life advocates a year. Students will have the opportunity to revisit the training when their memories are failing them. They can watch or listen to the lessons over and over instead of having to attend a seven-hour seminar and only hear the content one time.

They can also continue to learn with and interact with the ERI staff directly through the private Facebook group.

Here’s what people who attended ERI’s live seminar had to say:

"I love apologetics, and I have never heard such great methods and arguments as I did today. I especially appreciate your emphasis on being compassionate. I realized that I need to be more compassionate, listen, and treat people as human when I talk to them. ~Meleah

I think that this is the best, most productive, and most effective pro-life training I have been able to find . This seminar has changed me in that I have a marked increase in my confidence in these arguments. I really think I will be able to dialogue more effectively and more lovingly.” ~Sean

“You guys had amazing responses to difficult pro-choice arguments I was struggling with, and I love the focus on being personable. This seminar made me ten times more comfortable engaging my peers because I’m more prepared. ~John Paul

“I realized in some ways I am actually kind of hard-hearted or utilitarian, and this seminar gave me another realization of my own personal heart and things to work on in the context of defending the vulnerable .” ~Elissa

“I learned so much that I can utilize for my club and my personal life. You’ve proved me wrong and made me think differently about the way I’d normally approach the situation. I knew I needed to be more loving, but I’ve learned questions to ask, how to be a better listener, and how to go about the discussion in a personalized, rational, calm, and effective way. Thank you!” ~Brooke

Want a preview of the course?

Check out one of the lessons from our eight-part series on practical dialogue tips below:

Here are the first six of 38 lessons you'll see every time you log in to the site as a member.


Habits of Highly Ineffective Pro-Lifers
We begin the course by talking about six all too common bad habits you should avoid if you want to have productive conversations with pro-choice people.
Practical Dialogue Tips
We then explain eight specific, really practical suggestions that will help the people you’re talking with to have a less defensive posture, vastly improving the likelihood of them changing their minds.
Trot Out a Toddler
We teach how to redirect and clarify many pro-choice arguments with a classic pro-life argument. Learn our approach to the tool, multiple examples of how we make the analogy, some creative and unusual ways to use it, and our response to a common counter-argument to the analogy.
The Biological Case for the Unborn
After providing evidence that the unborn is alive, a member of the human species, and a distinct organism, we discuss when it’s the right time to appropriately appeal to scientific authority and give an explanation of how to do that well if a person is stubbornly insisting that the unborn is not biologically human.
The Philosophical Case for the Unborn
The most persuasive way to argue for the personhood of the unborn is to start by asking why anyone deserves equal rights. We describe the best explanation of this common ground, which includes the unborn. We then respond to pro-choice alternative explanations for equal rights.
The Question of Rape
Any advocate for the unborn must be ready for the most emotionally charged and difficult question in the abortion debate. We explain how to respond relationally and intellectually.
Bodily Rights Arguments
We introduce what bodily rights arguments are, why it is so important that pro-lifers understand them, and why they so often don’t. We then explain how to respond to both types of bodily rights arguments.
The Greater Good
Sometimes pro-choice people seem to be making one type of argument when in fact they are making a subtle utilitarian argument. This is difficult to spot, so we explain how to recognize it when it happens and equip you to respond to utilitarianism.
Talking to Abortion-Minded and
This is a panel discussion with ERI’s Josh Brahm and Jacob Nels joined by Students for Life’s Missy Stone on how to talk to people considering abortion and people with abortion in their past.
Post-Abortive People
An Advanced Philosophical Case for the Unborn
We teach an advanced version of the Equal Rights Argument that gives a philosophically thorough explanation as to why human embryos should be considered valuable persons with serious moral status. We respond to the strongest objection to our claims about personhood made by pro-choice philosophers like Michael Tooley, David Boonin, and Jeff McMahan. Finally, we address in this lesson what are called “marginal cases” and answer why we think it is philosophically consistent to say that children with anencephaly are valuable people, too.


Live Webinar Archives

Whenever we host live webinars, usually you must register to see them live or watch the replay that is available for only 48 hours. That is unless you are an Equipped for Life Course member! As a member, you get access to the webinar archives so you can catch up on what you missed whenever it is convenient for you!

Past webinar archives include “How to Change More Minds on Social Media”, “Responding to Tough Cases with Compassion”, and “Reacting to Pro-Choice Memes - Responding to Snark with a Winning Argument”.

Group Activities

Each module has a downloadable, printer-friendly PDF with activities to help you and your group to get the hang of the material. Sometimes these are discussion questions to prompt good conversations for your group, other times they are a series of practice dialogues for you to run through to help you get ready to use an argument in an actual conversation.

Private Facebook Group

Members of the Equipped for Life Course will have much more access to ERI staff than the general public does, and one of the ways that’ll be possible is through the private Facebook group. Have a question? Post it there and if they decide to not cover it on the podcast, they’ll likely respond right there! You’ll likely get other great thoughts from other bright pro-life advocates who have also taken this course.This will also be a place where the other members can get to know like-minded pro-life advocates. Are you part of a Students for Life club that just had an amazing outreach and want to share what you did with the other club leaders and pro-life advocates? This Facebook group will be a great place for that.

Who is this course for?

This course will be helpful to lots of people, but here's who we had in mind when we designed the course:

You're part of a Students for Life club (or other campus club) that wants affordable pro-life apologetics training to prepare for outreaches on your campus.
You're an individual pro-life advocate who's ready to have better conversations with pro-choice people.
You're a homeschool parent who wants to prepare your teenagers before they are inundated with pro-choice arguments at college.
You want to start a Sunday school class or small group to help your church to be more educated on abortion and you need a resource to help you. Or you're in a church small group that wants to go through a practical apologetics course together.

Bottom line: If you are a pro-life advocate and you want to see minds change about abortion, this course is for you.

How Do I Get Started?

As soon as you purchase you get a unique username where you can access the entire course. You will have access to everything on the website indefinitely!

If you purchase a group membership, you will email us the full names, email addresses, and phone numbers of your group members to [email protected] and we’ll set up their free membership on our end, and they’ll simply get an email with their login info.


Can I download the course?

You can download the MP3 versions of every course video, if you want to listen to the course or review it later while driving or walking around campus. You can also download the podcasts. The only thing you can’t download are the videos; you have to stream them from the website.

I'm a group leader. How does group membership work?

Assuming your group has 10 or fewer people in it, sign your club up for the middle option below and pay the $299 and you will get instant access to the site. The last step is for you to send us the full names, email addresses, and phone numbers of your group members and we’ll set up their free membership on our end, and they’ll simply get an email with their login info.

My group has more than 10 people? What should I do?

If your group has between 10 and 30, the $399 is a great deal, with each seat costing the same or being discounted from the group of 10 option (depending on how many people you have). But if you just have a few more people than 10 or 30, contact us at [email protected] and we’ll work something out. The last step is for you to send us the full names, email addresses, and phone numbers of your group members and we’ll set up their free membership on our end, and they’ll simply get an email with their login info.

Do you offer bulk discounts?

Yes. If you have somewhere between 30-99 students, we’ll get them all set up and lock in the Group of 30 rate of $13.30 per person. If you want to bring in 100 or more, we’ll give a major discount for them at just $5.00 per person! In that case, don’t purchase the course here. Email us at [email protected] and we’ll get you set up. You’ll ultimately need to get us a spreadsheet with everyone’s first and last name, email address, and phone numbers so we can set up their memberships and invoice you for however many people are getting the course


Your entire group of up to 10 gets access to everything in the individual membership including their own login to download the audio-version of the course, group activities for each lesson, and access to the private Facebook group.

Group Membership for 10

Instant Access
9 Modules (30 lessons)
Webinar Archives
Group Activity PDFs
Private Facebook Group for Members Only

Individual Membership

Group Membership for 30

Your entire group of up to 30 gets access to everything in the individual membership including their own login to download the audio-version of the course, group activities for each lesson, and access to the private Facebook group.

Don't Take Our Word For It, See What Others Have to Say!

David Bereit
Former CEO, 40 Days for Life
The Equipped for Life course is a brilliant new tool that will empower our pro-life movement to be more successful, one conversation at a time. Effective communication is crucial to our ability to reach hearts, change minds, and save more lives. The Equipped for Life course teaches you, step-by-step, how to have those life-saving conversations with others — all from the comfort of your home, dorm, or office. Sign up today, and let Josh, Timothy, and the Equal Rights Institute team help you increase the impact of your pro-life efforts!
Kristan Hawkins
President, Students for Life of America
The Equipped for Life course is THE course for any pro-life activist, novice or pro. Every pro-life activist in America needs to go through this course and then we need to teach it to the rest of our nation.
Alan Shlemon
Speaker, Stand to Reason
Too many pro-life people are merely pro-life in their attitude, but not in their behavior. They say they are pro-life, but do nothing to stop the killing. If you want to make an actual difference, though, you need to learn the art of pro-life persuasion. ERI’s course is a perfect way to learn the tools that change minds, transform hearts, and save lives.
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