Note: The materials and links on this page will be helpful to anyone, but they are meant especially to augment and extend the learning of participants in Justice For All's flagship training program, Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue, which includes Seat Work and Feet Work experiences led by Certified JFA Mentors. For details about how you can participate in that program, click the link. If you're unable to participate, consider also JFA's presentations and our "Learn at Home" program.
Preparing for COMMON QUESTIONS and Arguments
"Doesn't a woman's right to her body justify abortion, even if the unborn is a human being?" (also called "Bodily Rights")
It's Her Body - Series by Steve Wagner (2018)
Interactive Guide, Activity 6 - If you read nothing else, this entry-level material will at least help you ask the right questions to determine if you’re encountering a bodily rights argument. (Get the full Interactive Guide here.)
De Facto Guardian and Abortion: A Response to the Strongest Violinist (This post includes a link to a lengthy paper on the strongest version of the violinist argument as well as links to other papers/reflections on bodily rights by Tony George, Timothy Brahm, and Steve Wagner)
Trent Horn's debate with David Boonin on bodily rights (Both are experts on the topic.)
Is Abortion the Right Thing to Do If the Mother's Life Is in Danger?
What About Abortion in Cases of Fetal Deformity?
Use JFA's Original Exhibit Brochure to discuss the story of Samuel Armas:
Click here to view JFA's Original Exhibit as a pdf (Warning: After the first couple of panels, this brochure contains extremely graphic images of fetal surgery, the results of abortion, and genocide).
More information about Samuel Armas: "15 Years Later Samuel Armas Sees Amazing Photo..." (Article at LifeNews.com)
Detailed Biographical Sketch of Samuel's life in the present day: Hope and Faith (Atlanta Journal Constitution: March 13, 2016)
"What Percentage of Spina Bifida Kids Are Aborted?" by Steve Wagner
Is Abortion Legal Through All Nine Months?
See JFA's "More Facts" page for more.
What is the Unborn Biologically?
JFA's "What Is the Unborn?" page (includes quotations from embryologists and pro-choice philosophers affirming that the unborn is a living, human organism biologically)
Is the unborn constructed like a car or does he/she develop like a Polaroid photo?
Richard Stith's academic paper on the topic is also highly recommended: Richard Stith, "Construction vs. Development: Polarizing Models of Human Gestation"
Other Helpful Tips
Should the Unborn Be Treated Equally to You and Me?
Equal Rights Argument (Newsletter Collection)
"Abortion should be legal until the unborn is viable." (Or, "The unborn isn't a person until it's viable.")
A Good Conversation Is...a Mirror - Steve Wagner (In the conversation Steve featured in this newsletter, viability factored in early on.)
Does the Bible Say Anything about Abortion?
"I'm pro-life personally, but I don't feel like I can force my views on people through laws against abortion."
#Mindblown - Rebecca Haschke (In this newsletter, Rebecca details a conversation she had with a student, and she includes much of the dialogue.)
"If abortion is made illegal, won't women die in the back alleys?"
"If abortion is made illegal, how should a woman who has an abortion be punished?"
See Steve Wagner's five posts in this series: "Pro-Lifer's Squirm at the Punishment Question...but Why?" (This link takes you to Part V of the series, written a few years after the initial four posts. All are linked in Part V.)
See Trent Horn's excellent blog post (April 1, 2016): "Should a Woman Be Punished for Having an Abortion?"
Considering Graphic Pictures
JFA Certification Assignment #13: Why Do Some People Act? (30-Minute Guided Reflection Beginning with a Consideration of Jet Magazine's Photos of Emmett Till)
EXAMPLES FROM JFA TRAINERS AND VOLUNTEERS
Resources You Can Request
Optional Preparation for the ADD Seminar
Feet Work and Repeat Work Materials
(Tools for Dialogue)
About the Unborn (video, embryologists, and pro-choice philosophers)
Write a Reflection (you can use this as a dialogue tool to start more conversation)